Whether this is your first time going on a cleanse/diet or your nth time, motivation is key to keeping yourself on track with any type of diet or fitness goal.
Here are some sure-fire tips I used when I went on my own personal elimination diet:
Share your journey by telling your family, your neighbors, your coworkers, and your friends. It shows accountability. If Susie at work knows you’re going on a health cleanse, but sees you stuffing your face with a handful of fries at lunch you’ll look less credible. We tend to break the promises we make for ourselves, but when we know another pair of eyes are watching us we’ll most likely stick to our goals. It may seem scary at first, coming out so openly, but you’ll be surprised with how many people will actually cheer you on in full support. So forget about the judgement. If anything, you might just inspire someone to start their own detox or fitness journey and they’ll be the ones coming to you for advice.
Use social media
Share your fitness pictures or recipe ideas. Just be careful not to spam your friends’ Facebook walls everyday. In this case I would use Facebook sparingly, and use a blog, or Instagram to document everything. These platforms are great for documenting lifestyle changes because they’re niche-specific. If you don’t feel like you have the time to blog, definitely go with Instagram. Don’t underestimate the value of a good hashtag. They’ll help direct you to the categories you’re interested in, and lead you to connect with other like-minded people that can inspire you. I suggest using or searching tags like #fitness #cleaneating #healthy #recipe.
Trust the process
Expect that there will be setbacks. There will be days when you don’t see progress, and you’ll feel like giving up, but that’s when you need to push through it the most because after that hump you’ll see the results. Once you start to see the progress, you’ll feel too good to go back to feeling bad again. If you fall off the wagon, it doesn’t mean it’s over. Start where you left off the next day. I mention this in Making time for a Detox:
It took me nearly 3 months to get myself ready to fully commit … One week I would cut down on my sugar and wheat intake, and the next week I would see a piece of strawberry shortcake beckoning my name and I would cave…The following week when I felt like I was ready, I would start up again and this time I would try to cut out a said food for 2 weeks. I did this on-and-off-again for the next 3 months, gradually increasing from 2 weeks to 3 to 4, etc. until I felt like the changes I had made would allow me to fully commit…
Leave that to your accountant. No more counting calories. As long as you’re keeping your processed foods to a minimum and have less than 30 grams of added sugar a day, you really can eat all the healthy food you want.
Write down what you’re eating. If you’re at work, fill in your calendar while you’re on a break. At school? Jot it down in your planner if your teacher’s putting you to sleep. If you’re always on your phone, there’s apps like MyPlate among others that help track what you’re eating, and even breakdown the ratio to carbs, fat, and protein you are consuming.
Most importantly stay positive and enjoy the process. Have fun with creating new meals and recipes that you would never pair together before. You don’t have to be a great cook…I know starting off I certainly wasn’t. I could get by with the basics, but I had no clue until I started to really get dirty in the kitchen of how I could play with different flavors. Good luck and as always…