5. Consistency…How do I eat healthy all the time?
Ooooh, this is a good one. For me, consistency is all in how you define it. Do you have to be “on it” or “eating perfectly,” balancing carbs, fats, proteins, calories, water, exercise every day?
Do you have to be thinking about food all the time? NO!
I don’t think about it all the time and I am far from perfect every day. I don’t even know what perfect is.
I define consistency as making the best choice I can every time I can. And that’s the key…it’s a choice. Every time. Some days I’ll make the best decision and give my body everything it needs. Sometimes I will make a less-healthy choice and that’s ok too.
Recognizing it’s about what you’re choosing that makes you consistent leaves room for birthdays and special occasions. If I’m conscious of what I’m putting in my mouth and what its effect will be on my body I am in control. I may choose to have my cake and eat it, too…with no regrets and no guilt.
If we judge ourselves by how “perfect” we can be day after day, meal after meal, we will never be consistent and we will fail at weight loss and learning to eat well.
Along those lines, if I make healthy choices all week and have birthday cake on Saturday to celebrate with a friend and make a healthy choice at my next meal, am I being consistent? I would say yes. Making the less-healthy choice on our own terms gives us freedom to do what’s best. And sometimes making the less-healthy choice is a great reminder of why we eat well the rest of the time. You may only recognize how bad the “bad” food makes you feel when you’ve been feeling great for a while.
Think about how you define consistency for yourself. It may change the beliefs you have about your success. You just might find you’re doing better than you think you are.
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