The other day I downloaded this app that sends daily motivational quotes to your phone. This morning’s quote read, “Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender, it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment–Stephen Covey.” I think this quote is also really true when it comes to eating healthy.
Having a healthy diet is a wonderful and rewarding investment, but it requires patience. It’s extremely hard to maintain a healthy diet when you do too much too soon. When you eliminate all “bad” foods at once, it’s very difficult to be patient with yourself and it’s very easy to be hard on yourself. At least this is very true for me. Whenever I would swear off sweets and treats and fried foods, I would never stick to it. I would maybe last a few days until I caved and had something “bad.” Then I would be so mad at myself and I would stop eating healthy altogether. It would become a viscous cycle of dieting and breaking the diet.
I love when I hear people say that eating healthy is a lifestyle and not a diet. This is so true. And this way of thinking is the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The first step is creating the desire to feel better and be healthy and letting go of the desire to lose weight or be skinny. Those are just the side effects. The second step is being patient with yourself and not trying to be perfect.
The easiest way for me to maintain healthy eating patterns is to eat what I want, while also adding as many fruits and veggies as I can. This morning’s breakfast was the perfect example of that.
I was craving an egg sandwich, so I decided to throw some veggies in my eggs, add a side of grapes, and only use one piece of toast.
I placed half the omelette on toast to make an open face sandwich and then ate the other half of the omelette by itself.
- 2 eggs
- 2 thin slices of red bell pepper (cut into small pieces)
- 2 thin slices of orange bell pepper (cut into small pieces)
- 3 grape tomatoes (cut into quarters)
- huge handful of baby spinach 🙂
- olive oil (for coating the pan)
- salt, pepper (to taste)
- 1 slice of toast (I used Whole Food’s Seeduction)
- side of fruit (I used green grapes)
My advice to anyone who is trying to start eating better or who is struggling to maintain healthy eating patterns is the following: Instead of limiting particular foods, phase them out by filling up on the good stuff (fruits, veggies, healthy fats and proteins). That way you will always feel satisfied and you will still be on your way to a healthier lifestyle 🙂