Do you need a little motivation for healthy eating as we approach Christmas Eve? It’s helpful to take a look at the big picture from time to time, and remind yourself why it’s important to make health a priority.
My healthy holiday tip for today:
Find a deeply personal motivation for eating well.
Yes. It is really that simple. Once you recognize that your own happiness/ self-confidence/ quality of life/ sense of achievement/ ability to care for others/ pride … depends on making healthy choices, you will feel inner motivation kicking in, nudging you towards decisions that you know are good for you.
If you’re looking to eat better, there’s something driving you to make this change. What is it? Get curious, and ask yourself, “Why do I want to change the way I eat?”
Find a couple of reasons that you care about deeply– perhaps you want to live a healthy life; perhaps you want to set a good example for your kids; perhaps you want to end the pain of emotional eating– whatever they are, write these down.
Now, this is the crucial step: regularly remind yourself of these reasons. Put them somewhere you can see, and recall your motivations when ordering at a restaurant, while grocery shopping, and before each meal.
Try it for yourself:
Ask yourself: “Why do I want to improve my eating habits?”
Look for a couple of reasons that you feel passionate about.
Remind yourself of these reasons before the big Christmas dinner.
Notice any changes in what you eat.