I can't tell you how many times I've started a new health regimen, been SO pumped and motivated, then a few weeks later fall right back into my old routine. It's a vicious cycle! So it got me thinking, why do I keep doing this? What is my biggest obstacle to overcome?

I realized a few things. One, I had cravings that I needed to eliminate. But cold turkey just wasn't working for me! For example, soda (especially Coke!) has been my worst craving since, ever. I realized that it wasn't necessarily the flavor (what IS Coke's flavor anyway?!) but rather, it was the feel of the bubbles going down my throat. So how did I finally kick that craving? Well, I started out by drinking flavored sparkling water, until I discovered it had aspartame (along with other chemicals) in it, eek! I do not want to be putting that in my body. So instead, I started buying seltzer water and add it to healthy fresh juices to still get that bubbly sensation without feeling bad about it! That craving has now been eliminated! In fact, I was having a "cheat day" recently at my sister's cookout, and had a few sips of Coke (don't judge!) just to see if I really missed it, and I did not like it at ALL! My taste for it was completely GONE!

The second thing I realized, and probably the biggest and most important one, was that I wasn't necessarily making bad food choices at home, but rather, at the grocery store! This changed everything for me. This made me rethink processed foods, candies, sweets, etc. In fact, I changed my whole shopping routine! (there will be a more specific blog post on that later). Once I realized this, I put more thought into my grocery trips. I always start at the produce section, grab as many fresh fruits and veggies as we can eat as a family, and only skim the cooking and baking aisle for staples (rice, pasta, bread, tortillas) then check out meat, and dairy sections! I completely skip the frozen section and processed foods sections (most of the time). That honestly changed everything for me, and I'm so glad I did it! We now snack better, eat better, and even seem to get more food out of it that way!

And finally, the last thing I realized (and maybe not the most popular ) was that restricting myself from anything was doing more harm than good! Instead I think to myself, "I can have that, but do I want it?" and the answer is usually no! (with things like potato chips and goldfish crackers, two things I always loved!) BUT a huge difference is that I will allow myself to have these things occasionally, if I really want them (which I actually typically don't!) in moderation. The trick is to always find the healthiest option for it, or to do it super seldomly! 

These may sound silly to a lot of people, but they all have completely changed my health and eating habits! I am so glad that I can FINALLY keep the healthy habits I've always wanted!


I hope this was helpful to you, and if you struggle like I did for many years, maybe now is the time to rethink your mindset!

If this article helped you, I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below with your story!



YUM!!!

Smoothies are an awesome treat, and how I like to start my mornings most days!

Hey There! I'm Sarah. I'm 24, a mom, and a Certified Holistic Health Coach. All of my posts are research are evidence based, so you can feel good about this information. My goal is to encourage others to be healthy and ENJOY IT!

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Author: Sarah Nemchek

Hey There! I'm Sarah. I'm 24, a mom, and a Certified Holistic Health Coach. All of my posts are research are evidence based, so you can feel good about this information. My goal is to encourage others to be healthy and ENJOY IT!