Whether you are aiming to cut out sugar from your diet, doing a whole30, or looking to change your health for the better, this is my advice to you. I’ve read many books, articles, etc, and learned from implementing different systems into my daily routine that have helped me with my own food battles. These are the tips that have benefited me the most as I’ve strived to cut out sugar from my diet.
Believe you can do it, and you will
I know I’m not the only one who gets caught up in self-doubt. This is my greatest struggle when setting my own goals. I get caught up in convincing myself that I am not capable, and I give up. Over time, I’ve learned that a person’s mind will fail them long before their body ever will. Everyone has to start somewhere and regardless of where that is, you ARE capable. Doubting yourself and negative thinking will destroy you and keep you from becoming the person you envision yourself to be. Remind yourself why you want this. Choose to be healthy. Banish negative thoughts from your mind. You can change your relationship with food.
Keep your kitchen clean
Nobody likes a messy kitchen. Nobody wants to cook in a kitchen that has a sink full of stinky dishes. I have found that when my kitchen is clean, I WANT to make myself a beautiful meal and when It’s not, I just say “forget it!” and either grab something I don’t have to cook or end up going out to eat. Keep your kitchen clean and your sink empty and I guarantee you will learn to love making nutritious meals and you’ll find eating healthy is easier. (Meal prep helps with preventing dish buildup as well)
Find healthy snacks you enjoy
It’s okay to give in to your cravings sometimes, especially if you have found a healthy alternative. Have you tried sweet potato chips? Almond butter stuffed dates? You’ve got a lot of options. It’s just a matter of taking the time and effort to try new things. Eating Evolved has a ton of healthy treat options that are incredibly delicious and organic. Click here to check them out. (Use code mckenziestmt at checkout for monthly deals)
Stay busy with new projects
One way to keep your mind away from negative thinking and of course, off of food, is to start a new project. Reading has helped me immensely and I would recommend it to anyone who needs to get their mind off of their crazy life. Cleaning projects and decluttering are also great ways to keep yourself distracted. The less time you have to think of food, the less tempting it will be to give in to old habits. I am currently reading Loving My Actual Life: An Experiment in Relishing What is Right in Front of me by Alexandra Kuykendall– It’s been a fabulous distraction for me and I’ve been able to use it to reach my goals.
When I am at my weakest points and about to make a run for McDonalds, I like to study the harmful effects of sugar and how striving for a sugar-free lifestyle is benefiting my body. I promise that when you read about what processed food does to your health, you won’t want to eat it anymore. It’s actually scary what is now considered “food.” When I read information written by qualified authors about what is healthy and what is not, it is all the inspiration I need to push through my cravings.
Plan and prep
We’ve all heard this one before but that’s because It is a tried and true method for success. Plan your meals ahead of time and then prep them at least a few days before. When your meals are planned and prepped, you don’t have to spend any time wondering, “hmm, what should I eat for dinner tonight.” Everything is already decided, so you won’t feel as tempted to make bad decisions. If you don’t prep, then I’d recommend at least planning your meals in advance. Sometimes I don’t get around to prepping everything ahead of time, but I am okay with spending a little extra time in the kitchen preparing food.
Here’s a PDF of my Meal Plan Template to plan your meals a week in advance.