How to Keep Your Diet in Check

By Genevieve Cunningham

Eating a healthy diet is one of the hardest and most important things that we can do for our health. We are what we eat, and it shows in the way our bodies look and function. But certain times of year prove a little more difficult in our healthy eating quest. The holidays are filled with goodies and comfort foods -- but we all know that the holidays mean a little extra weight. Other times of year, the poor diet and pounds tend to sneak up on us. Like during seasonal changes, and of course, the beginning of school! So how can you keep your diet in check when school is about to begin and you're busier than ever? Take a look at these tips to help you get moving in the right direction. 

Plan Ahead

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. When you don't plan ahead, you put yourself at risk of swinging through the drive-thru or reaching for the last-minute convenience item. Instead, plan your grocery list, your meals every single day, and each item that goes into your mouth. Plan every calorie. Every snack. Every drink. If you plan ahead, there won't be any wiggle room for extra calories that turn into extra weight.

Schedule Cheat Meals

It might sound silly, but it can even help to plan your cheat meals. If you already know that you're going to eat an awesome dessert on Friday evening, you might be more equipped to skip it throughout the week. You'll know that there's something good coming. Something rewarding if you'll just stick to the plan. Plan your cheat meals -- probably once or twice per week -- and it will be easier to stick with the plan long-term.

Avoid Triggers

If overeating is a bad habit, there will be some triggers that make you more likely to indulge. These triggers are different for everyone. For some people, it's emotional stress. For others, it's extreme restriction that triggers eating. Or it could be stress at work, a lack of sleep, or even a pattern of inactivity. If you overeat, find your triggers, and avoid them at all costs to keep you on track.

Maintaining your healthy eating plan through schedule changes and chaos is hard, but it's definitely worth it. Use these tips to help you stay on track. With some patience and consistency, you'll make it through one of the hardest transitions of the year with your health, weight, and confidence intact.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Little Rock, Ark.

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