14 Tips for Getting (and Staying) Motivated to Eat Healthy
Published Oct 26, 2011, Updated Dec 19, 2020
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Tips and tricks from a health coach for how to get and stay motivated to eat healthy!
- Set small, measurable goals that will help you get to your overall large goal. For instance – I will eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day, incorporate leafy green veggies into 3 meals a day, drink at least 68 ounces of water daily, etc.
- Keep a food and exercise journal. This is extremely helpful to track how much you’re eating – sometimes you don’t realize how many small bites here and there add up. You can do a hand-written journal or go digital and log your food/fitness from the computer or your smartphone. MyFitnessPal is a great resource for this.
- Crowd processed junk food out of your diet by adding in nutritious whole foods.
- Skip the pantry and head to the fridge. No one really keeps a lot of processed foods in their fridge because they’re usually self-stable. When looking for an afternoon snack I tend to stick with something from the fridge (non-fat greek yogurt, fruit, veggies with hummus, edmamae, etc.)
- Try new foods. Eating steamed broccoli and baked tofu every night can get old. Look for new healthy recipes online, in cookbooks or magazines so you don’t get bored with eating healthy. I know a good place for recipes. 😉
- Enlist support from your friends and family. Whenever I realize I need to get back to my roots and clean up my eats the first person I tell is Isaac because he then knows not to offer me sips of beer and chips.
- Team up with a friend and hold each other accountable for eating healthy.
- Eat something every 2-3 hours. This keeps your metabolism running and also makes sure you don’t get ravenous and end up eating whatever is in sight when you get home from work.
- Keep nutritious foods on hand and ready to eat. Preparation is the key to eating healthy! Having fresh vegetables and fruits, lean protein, healthy fats and smart carbs each week is super helpful for staying on track. I like to make big batches of roasted veggies and brown rice or quinoa at the beginning of the week so I have healthy foods in the fridge ready to go for quick lunches.
- Keep tempting foods that trigger you to overeat out of the house. For me this is cereal, packaged trail mix, granola and other packaged foods. If the tempting foods are already in your house because someone else bought them, I’ve found that putting them away in a (high) cabinet is helpful. Out of sight, out of mind.
- Always bring a healthy snack with you when you leave the house for more than a couple hours. Apples, bananas, fruit and nut bars, homemade trail mix and carrots are super portable. And healthy bars like Larabar are always good in a pinch.
- Eat and enjoy your favorite foods in moderation. Deprivation tends to backfire so if you really want a treat, then eat and enjoy it.
- When going out to eat, look the at the menu for the restaurant online. Deciding beforehand what healthy option you’re going to get can be helpful so you’re not tempted by unhealthy options once you’re there.
- Don’t let one set-back keep you from working toward your goal. Don’t get down on yourself if you slip-up -just make sure your next meal is a healthy one!
Hopefully this little list helps give you some ideas on how to stay motivated to eat healthy. Like I said, everyone has off days and may not eat healthy ALL of the time, but it’s what you do 80-90% of the time that counts. Let me know in the comment section what tips you use to stay motivated to eat healthy. And if you liked this post, I will do another one with tips on how to stay motivated to workout!
Hi, Admin. Thanks for your nice suggestion. You have made a very good list, I must say. All these information are good for our health. Thanks for the helpful article.
Thanks for sharing. Knowing about the importance of motivation is a great way to stay on the right track. Keeping yourself well fed, having support from your friends and family, trying new foods, and checking restaurant menus online are great ways to stay healthy and motivated. These are beneficial tips.
Thanks! So glad you enjoyed it :).
Enjoyed your tips on healthy eating. Looking forward to hearing from you about workout motivation…ty
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It’s good to know that you should consume and enjoy your favorite meals in moderation because deprivation often has the opposite effect of what you intended. If you truly want a treat, then go ahead and eat it. I should have this in mind when I start to plan the meals I wish to eat each week. I’ll also think about the possibility of obtaining a nutritious and fresh food bowls I can eat all times of the day.
I’m so glad that this post helped you, Lily. Thanks so much for being here!
Appreciating the time and effort you put into your website and in depth information you offer. Very inspiring and clear explanation. You’ve really covered up almost all the possible info that every fitness enthusiast and health-conscious person should follow who is so curious about healthy food. Worth sharing! Please continue sharing your updates! Thanks a lot!
Absolutely, I am so glad you are enjoying this article, Jonathan. Thank you so much!
When it comes to eating well, I would agree that goal setting matters, especially if you can keep those goals realistic and attainable. Thanks for sharing!
Absolutely! I am so glad this was helpful.
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