We all know that awful feeling in the pit in your stomach from not hitting your goal, or the guilt of overindulging and blowing your diet.
Not everything comes easy, and a diet is one of the most common things to falter as time goes on.
If you get off track every now and then, it doesn't mean you are a failure. It means you are human.
Getting back on track with your diet is easy - it starts with a good understanding of what went wrong and some healthy perspective on where to go. The good news is, you are not alone!
Let's help you break down the best way to go from a dietary slip to back on track. Here are ten tips and a little guidance to help you succeed!
Blame is Not the Answer
The first, and most important step when facing down a diet detour is to not blame yourself.
This isn't a failure. It is an opportunity to learn about yourself and find a better way forward!
Don't give in to despair and assume that you can't stay keto or vegan. Everyone experiences different stressors and struggles, but how we overcome these issues is what makes us strong. So commit to forgiving yourself, and moving on.
Break Down What Doesn't Work
To get the most out of a diet, you need to understand why you’re doing what you’re doing. Following trends for the sake of trends can mean you may misunderstand why you are eating what you eat, or the science behind the food. If your diet has gotten off track, stop and identify where things went wrong.
It could be due to a lack of motivation or an uncertain goal. Sometimes you may have specific concerns like a lack of interest in your diet choices or no time to prepare the proper meals. When you have a target for change, you can better craft specific goals and tactics to get back on track.
Find Guilty Pleasures That Work
Nothing spells “doom” to your diet faster than hating the food you eat.
When you don't enjoy your healthy meals, the temptation to wander off towards unhealthy options becomes unbearable.
The good news is that there are healthy versions of almost any indulgent snack or dish! Whether you are doing keto, paleo, vegan, or only want something organic, there are ways to find the right recipes to fit your needs and taste buds.
Here’s a great place to start: our very own Smartvine cookbook! It’s loaded with delicious morsels like Avocado Fries, No-Bake Brownie Bits and even Chocolate Dipped Bacon! With an arsenal of good-for-you indulgences at your side, you’re well prepared to ward off even the most devilishly unhealthy cravings.
Restart With Small, Reasonable Goals
When kicking your diet back into gear, be careful not to overload yourself or your expectations. Big goals can overwhelm even the most eager dieter, so focus on smaller goals and a longer build-up toward your ultimate victory.
Focus on eating clean today, even if you didn't yesterday.
If you're just starting out on your journey to wellness, start with small goals: preparing one vegan meal a week, for instance, then packing paleo lunches for work. Whatever feels reasonable and doable will make the process easier, and each goal met will encourage you towards your next step.
Find Motivation in a Quick Victory
When you have the idea of tiny goals in mind, the best way to jump right back into things is by hitting a quick victory.
This can be an easy goal for you to check off right away, like cooking a new, healthy recipe, going for a run, moving through a few yoga poses, or just giving yourself a moment to enjoy a glass of vegan/ paleo/ keto friendly, low sugar Smartvine wine!
When you hit a goal, it gives you a burst of motivation. With every little step, you make progress, and that can help you feel like you're not wasting your time!
Let Go of a "Normal” Routine
The worst time to eat is when you are not hungry. It seems obvious, but millions of people stand by the strict three big meals per day, no matter how hungry they are, stuffing themselves for the sake of "normal mealimes."
The healthier method means you eat when you are hungry, often breaking down big meals into several small meals, or trying intermittent fasting for better body health.
Give Yourself Time to Decompress and Relax
No diet works when your body is under pressure and strain. Whether it comes from your work, stress around the house, or even old injuries, if your body needs time to decompress and unwind.
Relaxing is also a great way to improve digestion and mental health. Whether it’s more time spent in nature, a walk, a few yoga poses, meditation, a tai chi session, or any other hobby that brings you joy, be sure to make time to relax and appreciate your life and your health.
Plan Your Meals Ahead of Time
The quickest way to blow your diet is to rely on convenience. Prepackaged meals overflow with fats and inadequate nutrition, and your last minute meal choice is usually not your healthiest.
When you cook with fresh ingredients, you're healthier. This means planning out your meals and recipes ahead of time, making sure to shop regularly for fresh ingredients, and cooking ingredients while still fresh. Finding the time to cook isn’t just fun; it ensures you’re getting a healthier, less expensive and more filling meal.
Discover Exercise That Works With Your Schedule
Exercise is a necessary component to any diet. While good food gives you energy, exercise makes sure that you release that energy. This helps regulate your body's metabolism, sleep schedule, de-stress your mind, and build strength and flexibility.
No one form of exercise works for everyone. Experiment with different forms that fit both your schedule and your style. Relaxing Yoga can be great, or maybe you prefer a more intense CrossFit session. For optimum results, don't limit yourself to just one kind of exercise.
Embrace Your Support
When working alone, it can be easy to feel the fatigue and forget the goals you have. Social interaction is a big part of your life, and it can also be a big part of your diet.
Keep a network of friends and family that can encourage and join you on your dieting journey. The more you surround yourself with support, the easier it is to keep going.
Getting Back on Track
Dieting should never feel like a prison or a punishment. When you stop letting the small hiccups bring you down, you will find that getting back on track with your diet is actually quite simple.
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