3 Ways to Motivate Your Brain for Healthy Eating
By Genevieve Cunningham
Believe it or not, eating a healthy diet is not dependent on your taste buds. While it may seem that your mouth has the final say, it’s actually convincing your brain to cooperate that is the hard part. Once you get your mind onboard, it becomes a whole lot easier. But how can you do this? How can you convince yourself, essentially, to eat a better diet and stick with it? For those who want to improve their everyday diet, take a look at these tips for finding and keeping personal motivation.
Write It Down
When we write our food choices down, it suddenly becomes very real. We see that piece of cake, the extra helping of potatoes, and the third soda of the day. We actually see it in front of us, our eyes sending the message to our brain that … this is everything you’ve consumed today. Sometimes seeing it, all at once at the end of the day, is the only motivation we need. When we write it down, it gives us pause, forces us to reflect, and encourages us to make better choices every day.
Get Creative in the Kitchen
Need motivation? Kick the boredom out of eating healthy. You don’t have to stick to the same old grilled chicken salads and carrot sticks and raw celery. Don’t be afraid to change it up and experiment a little bit with a concoction of healthy foods. Try out some new healthy recipes (easily found on the internet), and allow yourself to get creative. The more interesting the meals, the easier it is to eat healthy day in and day out.
Find Images to Use for Goals
For many people, the brain is incredibly visual. If you are having a hard time eating healthy, find some fitness goals that can be seen over a long period of time. Find a picture of your ideal body or clothes you hope to wear and tape it up on the mirror or refrigerator. Sometimes seeing your ultimate goals in picture form is all the motivation you need.
Eating a healthy and well balanced diet can be tough, but using these tips might make it a little bit easier. Don’t rely on your same old patterns to make changes. To make new changes, you need new patterns, and starting with the mind is the only way to go. Give them a try to get yourself motivated to improve your diet and health in a big way.
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