Being consistent is one of the most important things we can learn in our health and nutrition journey. It’s not about eating and doing the same things day in and day out. Rather, it’s about the effort and thought that you put into those activities that counts.
- Make time for food preparation. Whether it’s first thing in the morning or last thing at night, think about what you are going to eat for the coming day and prepare as much as you can. This will reduce your stress levels during the day and ensure that you eat well rather than on the run.
- Hydration! It’s all too easy to forget to get your optimum water intake for the day. Try a bottle with the times of the day measured on the bottle, or there are apps to remind you to drink. We all need a minimum of two litres of the good stuff a day, so get on and drink up!
- If you want to get some exercise in, set aside time in your diary to go to the gym, or get a video off YouTube – there are so many different options available to you. But be careful -it’s no good doing 5 workouts one week, 1 the next, then taking a week off and starting again. Be realistic about what you are capable of and remain consistent.
- Only eat when you are hungry. With convenient food choices readily available it’s all too easy to grab a sweet or savoury snack. When you next grab them ask yourself – am I hungry? Do I really need this snack? Most of the time we eat out of habit and it’s not hunger driving us.
- Eat slowly and consciously. How many of us wolf our food down and don’t take the time to think about the meal or taste the food. Try eating slowly and think about how your food tastes. Do you like the taste and texture? If you eat slowly you are far more likely to eat less as your stomach has time to tell your brain when it’s had enough and is full.
Why not pick one of these strategies and give it a go over the next few weeks. Being consistent will get you results.