Updated: Jan 5, 2019
I'll be honest. I've been struggling with my nutrition. I can list off the excuses (back pain, gut issues, stress), but in reality, I have just let things slip. I'm a Questioner, so external accountability doesn't help me. I need to internalize to make certain habits stick. So for all you questioners out there, here's a tip: Write your own rules. Below are mine for nutrition:
No eating and drinking alcohol at the same time. Stretch things out by decoupling these.
No eating out two meals in a row.
If I have a heavy dinner (e.g., steak or pork), eat a lighter lunch (e.g., fish)
Occasional treats are OK but make them worth it (and occasional)
Be prepared. Think through the day ahead of time. Bring snacks or something to eat when choices will be limited.
Meal prep lots of veggies and easy proteins for the week ahead.
Eat foods that make me feel good.
A treat a day is good for me mentally. Plan for something small.
Alcohol counts as a treat.
Limit trigger foods in the house.
This list doesn't feel restrictive because I came up with it and understand the 'whys' behind each point. I feel inspired and empowered.
I'm going to do the same around my bedtime routine and work-life boundaries.
What in your life can you create your own rules for?