If you’re constantly looking for a new diet to try or challenge, eating can become stressful and stressful. If you are looking to become a balanced eater for life, here are some strategies you can use to change your habits for good.
A balanced eater is confident about how to feed himself. They are able to intentionally and consciously eat in a relaxed manner so that they never feel out of control or guilty about food choices.
And best of all, you never have to try another diet, detox, or cleanse. They never need to be reset or restarted on Monday, the next week, or the new year.
Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?
So let’s talk about why the diets you tried in the past didn’t work and these 5 strategies to improve your balanced diet this time around.
Diets, detoxes, and cleanses don’t work
We try them out again and again and hope for a different result. Still, we keep going back to old habits and wondering what went wrong.
In short, diets, detoxes, and cleanses don’t work. And to be honest, they’re not meant to work. Their purpose is to get you back, signing up, or rejoining the next time you “get lost”. They are not intended to teach you to be a balanced eater.
Then why don’t they work? Why are you feeling so comfortable for such a short period of time but never getting the long-term benefits?
They lack the basic components necessary for long-term behavior change. What are these basic components, you may be asking yourself? That’s next.
5 strategies to maintain balanced eating habits
Accountability and Support
The presence of accountability is key to long-term behavior change. There are two main types of accountability, internal and external.
Internal accountability is how you keep yourself in check when no one is watching. External accountability is how you remain accountable and accountable to other people or resources.
A balanced diet is all about sustainability, and sustainability and responsibility go hand in hand. It’s very hard to have one and not the other!
Developing systems that keep you accountable to yourself and others is an important first step in building your new balanced eater lifestyle.
Next, you need a reliable, trustworthy source of information.
There is a wealth of information available today and not all of it is accurate. Working with a licensed, registered dietitian can make a world of difference.
They are trained, certified and trained in the science of food and its effects on the human body. So many diets and trends are missing this important component today. Don’t fall into one of these traps again!
A registered nutritionist can provide you with the strategies, training, and tools you need to become a balanced eater.
Slow, steady behavior change and habit formation
Changes in behavior and habits do not happen quickly. Research has shown us again and again that it takes time.
Recent research has given us an average time frame of 66 days to be precise (1).
How many diets or challenges have you participated in that lasted at least 66 days? In addition, this research was conducted to analyze the formation of an individual new habit. What if we implement several new habits? Chances are we will need some more time.
As clichéd as it sounds, the race wins slowly and steadily.
No two people eat exactly the same, think exactly the same, or live exactly the same.
So why should everyone do the same thing to achieve different goals? Sounds a little crazy, doesn’t it?
Individual recommendations are a necessity. When the unexpected happens, you need someone to support you, who can tailor education and advice to you and your needs.
Additionally, you need to develop goals that are unique to your particular scenario. While the knowledge you need to learn may be broader when it comes to becoming a balanced eater for life, you need tangible, actionable, and individual goals to work towards.
Evidence-based nutritional information
After all, science has to play a role. Bias has a huge impact on health and wellness. So many diets are based solely on the experience and bias of one person or group of people.
If it worked for us, then it will work for everyone, too, right? Not always. This is where peer-reviewed, evidence-based information and research come into play. When recommendations are based on science, you know they are trustworthy and worth your effort.
Make sure your next attempt at a balanced diet is backed by science!
Become a balanced eater for life
In order to maintain your diet and lifestyle habits, you need to use a combination of these strategies.
This is exactly what we thought of when we developed the Mindful Nutrition Method.
The Mindful Nutrition Method ™ is a transformative online live experience with live group coaching, training and course materials and a private community. Inside, we teach our students to develop balanced eating habits for life that will help them become free from eating and diet obsessions, maintain a balanced weight, have a positive relationship with food and your body, and ultimately enjoy them find to feed themselves.
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