Many people find it difficult and quite stressful to maintain a specific daily caloric intake without being excessively overwhelmed by the self-imposed laws regarding what they can and cannot eat. When a person is already experiencing challenges with issues like weight loss, meal planning can become a beast of a problem. Starting your meal planning and nutritional balancing seems great and even exciting in the beginning because you are learning about new food options that you may not have considered before and how to incorporate these foods into your meal rotation.
The problems that may occur when you become consumed with diet, food, and fitness can be extensive to the point where it becomes a rigid set of rules that soon become demotivating and thus, are counter productive. These rules turn quickly from positive exciting challenges to negative punishments. Who needs that?
Why legalize your food choices?
People tend to unnecessarily create laws for the things that should be designed to help us freely develop better habits for sustaining our health and our lives. Discipline and guidelines for your healthy eating regimen do not have to be bad but where we tend to go wrong when creating personal food laws is we make certain foods and activities, figuratively, illegal. You run the risk of creating a hostile and negative environment and perspective for yourself, which could translate to self-judgment and persecution.
It is true that we do require a certain level of self-discipline to achieve our goals for healthy living but instead of hard pressed “rules”, consider developing general health and wellness guidelines that will not make you feel like a criminal if you do not follow through exactly perfectly.
Know the difference
Healthy food guidelines allow you to choose youth methods for reaching your healthy eating goals. An example of healthy eating guidelines may be to decide that you will keep your breakfast calorie intake between 200 and 400 calories with increased protein and fiber while minimizing your carbohydrate and sodium intake. There are many combinations breakfast foods you can fit into that category.
Under guidelines, such as the example provided, one day you may want an omelet with veggies and slides ham and another day you may want oatmeal with fruit and nuts. You may even fit in a serving of your favorite sweet cereal another day and they all could fit in with your guidelines. However, if you create laws to abide by, you may have already set yourself up for failure. An example of a law could be that you will not eat more than 10 grams of carbohydrates for breakfast. Though this is possible, this limitation placed could prove more harmful than helpful.
Allow yourself variety within a realistic set of guidelines that will not feel forced to maintain. Most people do not want to feel forced to do or not so something even when the laws are self-imposed.
Eating healthy should be exciting and a great excuse to try to dietary pallet to keep you motivated to stay on track. Though we need discipline to stay focused on our goals, one must not persecute ones self for going off course every not and then. We know variety is the spice of life so take that spice along with a few others and make a great meal. No pressure.