Sticking to an Organic, Gluten-Free, or Paleo Diet, Part 4
Alright, so you’ve drawn up a plan, you’re taking it in steps, and you’re ready to change your life. You’ve removed all the temptations you can from the house, and you’ve balanced all you food groups. But is there one thing you might have forgotten to balance?
3. Remember Personal Happiness
If you go back to old habits, you’ll go back to the old results, and if you’re on the diet, you’ve probably already decided that’s no good. So theoretically the plan is that you’ll be on this diet for the rest of your life. If you try to force yourself to stick to a diet that makes you miserable, you’ll either be miserable for the rest of your life or, more likely, quit. So find a plan that works with you, or adjust it to fit your needs. There are loads of psychological tricks you can use to give yourself a much needed boost, and you’ll probably find that if you’re willing to listen and take your own needs into account, you can achieve more than you even thought possible.
Try to Stay Positive:
People resent being limited; even by ourselves and even if it’s for our own good, we just can’t help it. It’s in our nature to want more choices, more freedom. So when you think to yourself “I’m hungry, but I can’t have x, y or z”, you may feel frustrated and tempted to break the rules. Whenever possible, try to think of your diet as an expansion rather than a restriction. Keep a wide variety of tasty snack foods that actually help you stick to your plan, so that you can think “I’m hungry, so I should eat a, b, or c”. Check our blog for recipes, or try to come up with your own ideas of new foods and flavors you can add to your menu. If you do, please share them on our Facebook; we’re always on the lookout for fun ideas to share with our clients.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be bland or repetitive. There’s a whole world of delicious meals out there to fit an organic, gluten-free, vegetarian or Paleo Diet. Driving yourself with shame, guilt, fear, or a sense of obligation will burn you out eventually, but pride, enthusiasm, and creativity can only build on themselves, and leave a much better taste in your mouth.
Be Willing to Make Reasonable Compromises:
It would be amazing if you could swear off all your favorite junk foods and guilty pleasures without a backward glance, but in the end of day, we’re all human. Some of those comfort foods have deeply ingrained sentimental value, and if sneaking a handful of your kid’s Goldfish or treating yourself to a bowl of ice cream every Monday night helps you to eat lean proteins and salads the rest of the week and stops you giving up all together, then call it a victory. Unless you’re changing your eating habits for a serious medical condition, such as a food allergy or celiac disease, just about any food can be accommodated if you keep it down to reasonable portions. A slightly adjusted diet is much better than no diet at all, and things do change. As your new lifestyle becomes habit and you find new favorite foods, you may discover that you don’t really need junk foods as much as you thought.
Topline Foods can help you to build a great foundation for your new Organic, Gluten-Free, or Paleo Diet, with the highest quality ingredients to build your meals around and a home delivery service designed to maximize convenience and flexibility. We’re now delivering all over Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and California.