If there’s one lesson I’ve learnt (and I’ve leaned many) from my years of yo-yo dieting, it’s that when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, perfectionism is your number one enemy. Neatly categorising your food choices as “good” or “bad” will achieve one single result… it will stop you from enjoying what you actually are eating right now PLUS it will make you feel guilty about food that you haven’t even eaten yet.
So, in the interests of empowering you to embrace your best active lifestyle, I’m sharing my 3 hottest tips to wave “buh-bye” to perfectionism and bask in the glow of a new healthy YOU!
We can often undermine our best intentions by believing that if our food choices are not perfect, then we might as well consume all the organic chocolate in isle three. The only problem with this ingenious plan is that one extra chai latte here or there, really doesn’t make a difference in the overall scheme of things. But signing up for a four-week junk food bender? That will definitely make a difference. So why not take a new approach? Rather than believing your food choices must be “perfect”, just ask yourself this simple question… “what small decision can I make today, that will move me closer to where I want to be tomorrow”. Small steps add up to big changes. If you take care of the small steps, the big leaps will take care of themselves.
Make a plan, then break it
I do love a good plan. But when said plan falls apart (which it often does), diving face first into the nearest chocolate cake can seem rather tempting. Why not cut yourself off at the pass by switching up your plans on purpose. Banging out a Jane Fonda workout followed by dry chicken breast with streamed broccoli is so circa 1981. Why not spend an afternoon trying new MNB recipes. Switch the regular cardio workout for some yoga, chi gong or an active living workout. Just do something to shake yourself out of your regular routine and empower yourself to try new things.
Say goodbye to refined sugar
I used to believe refined sugar was invented by the devil himself. I mean, I can resist just about anything, but the second you waft a sweet cinnamon bun under my nose, you’d better move it move lose it, sister because I will be eating it. It took me many years (and about 20 kilos lost and gained) before I discovered that refined sugar was not my friend. But before you run screaming for the closest ice cream pudding, wait! Replacing refined sugar with more naturally sweet alternatives was, is and will always be the key to empowering your healthy lifestyle. When you become a little adventurous and try new things, you will find that your body naturally craves food that will make you fitter, healthier and stronger. But first you must trust it enough to listen.
Now I’d love to hear from you! What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to eating healthy?
Throw your comments below and let’s chat!
Kylie Pax is an Emotional Eating Strategist, qualified Holistic Health Coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York and holds a certificate in Weight Loss Nutrition.
Kylie is the creator of the Ditch the Diet Online Bootcamp. This unique program provides women with the tools, systems and strategies to overcome the mental challenges behind emotional eating, such as “Why is one piece of chocolate cake never enough? In fact, why is the entire chocolate cake never enough?!”
Ditch the Diet Online Bootcamp is aimed at eliminating diet drama by creating a permanent lifestyle shift. No tricks. No fads. And definitely no diets. You can find Kylie on Facebook and Instagram or visit her website.