1. Self Compassion
Self Compassion - Be kind to yourself. By treating yourself with warmth, kindness, and understanding, you improve your chances of making sustainable healthy lifestyle changes.
Self criticism does not result in better discipline. No, instead being too strict with oneself results in disappointment, frustration, guilt, and a feeling that giving up is the right choice - "Phew, I'm terrible and can't do it, I might as well eat more candy"... Let's get away from this, instead focus on becoming your own best coach, cheerleader and friend!
Sleep - Rest and recovery is essential. Prioritize your sleep! When you don’t get enough sleep, you will feel hungrier and start to notice cravings.
A lack of sleep leads to an increase in the hunger hormone ghrelin and a decrease in leptin, a hormone that gives satiety. Your appetite increases and it gets harder to feel full and satisfied after a meal. Also, you know when you’re more likely to reach for a quick boost that you often get from those simple carbs.
3. Afternoon Snack
Afternoon snack - Most of my clients are busy women. All of them benefit from a satisfying afternoon snack - a combination of protein and carbs, for example Greek yogurt and berries. This helps them manage that high stress transition time between work and home life/dinner with steady energy.
4. Half Plate Veggies
Half plate veggies - Let’s not make eating healthy too complicated! A simple change - half plate veggies at dinner time. Veggies provide key minerals, vitamins and plant nutrients.
A diet rich in vegetables helps keeping your heart and brain healthy. You feel full due to the volume and fiber that the veggies provide, and of course, veggies make your plate pretty and appetizing!
Planning - Having a plan for your meals is KEY when making healthy changes. Make sure to give yourself some cozy planning time over the weekend - have a cup of tea, take out a notebook. Planned out meals reduce stress and make it easy to stick with your healthy routine.