In this image obsessed world, it’s easy to forget what fitness is really about: feeling good in your body and having a Healthy Attitude Towards Food. In the quest to have the perfect body, fitness routine and diet, we often forget the most important thing about keeping healthy, which is that if your mind isn’t healthy then it’ll be very hard for your body to be healthy too. Here are some easy ways to change your attitude towards food so that you have a brand new, healthier attitude towards it.
Forget About ‘Clean’ Eating
Clean eating is one of the biggest trends of the last year or so, and although it can be great in terms of encouraging people to eat plenty of food that’s packed with nutrients, it definitely isn’t perfect. Eating clean implies that it’s also impossible to eat dirty – and thinking of certain types of food as dirty definitely isn’t a good way to view nutrition.
Add Food To Your Diet
A lot of the times we think about cutting food out of our diets – we resolve to cut down on fat and sugar and salt, we stop buying cookies and potato chips, we make declarations that we’re never going to drink soda again. Instead of cutting food out of your life, why not try adding food in there? For a start, you could try out meal planning – check this out for tips on how to do it. You might keep telling yourself that you need to stop snacking mid-morning at work to boost your energy, and sure, it might be a good idea to stop doing so if you always end up buying a candy bar out of the vending machine. Instead, take along some apple slices and peanut butter, or maybe some granola and plain yogurt. If you fill up on healthy food, there won’t be nearly as much space for the food that isn’t quite as good for you – focus on adding nutrients to your diet instead of cutting things out.
Don’t Start Crash Dieting
Let’s face it: crash diets never work. Sure, you might lose a couple of pounds in time for that wedding, but long term they simply aren’t a good way to get in shape and to maintain your level of fitness. Not only do they ruin your metabolism so you’ll start digesting things differently but you’ll gain back the weight you lost in no time – you simply can’t maintain the sort of incredibly strict lifestyle that a crash diet entails. Losing weight is about making healthy lifestyle changes, not about counting calories devotedly for the rest of your life.
Remember: Everything In Moderation
The most important thing to bear in mind is that you should eat everything in moderation. It’s okay to eat a couple of squares of chocolate every now and then, and to have a couple of glasses of wine when you’re out with your friends in the evening. Pasta and other carbs aren’t the enemy – they’re delicious and healthy. You should just make sure that you don’t eat them for every meal and that your portion sizes aren’t too big. Cutting a food out of your life completely will only make you crave it more.