Positive Change from a Positive Mindset
Making a change in our diets can be overwhelming especially if we focus on restriction and removing ‘unhealthy’ foods. When you make any food a villain, and vow to cut it out of your diet, you are putting yourself in a negative mindset right away.
Lasting positive change does not come from a negative mindset. This is why I always suggest focusing on addition! Adding more good things to our diets that our bodies thrive on.
I found the things that make the biggest impact on me are chugging a glass of water the minute I wake up and adding cinnamon to my breakfast oatmeal (cinnamon is known to stabilize blood sugar levels). I also add lemon to my water and a soluble fiber to my coffee. These small changes make a big impact on my day and take no effort. Not only are they healthy additions, they are a signal to me that taking care of myself is a priority as I begin my day. It gets me in the right mindset immediately and this momentum often carries me through the day.
Other suggestions could be:
- adding one serving of vegetables to one meal each day
- adding one cup of green tea per day (try drinking it at a time when you would normally crave a soda and you may find over time you don’t want the soda anymore)
- add one serving of fruit to your breakfast
- add 1/4 to 1/2 of an avocado and maybe a handful of spinach to your smoothie
What can you focus on adding to your diet? Don’t get too complicated with this, it should be a few simple things that you don’t have to think too much about or plan for. Share your ideas here if you feel so inclined.