We’ve all been in a rut at some point with our nutrition mojo. Nothing that you are eating or doing with your eating is exciting, pretty much feels “blah”. Prepping your meals feels “blah”. Blah blah blah!
It’s really healthy that you have recognized this “blah”-so good job here! Some do not and continue unknowingly and wonder why they find themselves bingeing and grazing more frequently. Here are some action steps you can take when your nutrition mojo is screaming, “Help Me!”
Try A New Recipe for Dinner
It is easy to stay in a routine that’s familiar, especially when the whole family is on board with it (we don’t want to fuss with that!) Take 10 minutes this week and do some Google-ing. What is it that you’ve never done but have always wanted to try? Maybe it’s as simple as a killer grilling recipe. Or maybe it’s experimenting with those “no-brainer” recipes you always here about like a crockpot recipe. Just go for it!
Incorporate 1 New Snack During Day
A little can go a LONG way here. Just changing up which kind of fruit you are eating from what you normally consume can help your nutrition mojo. Think outside your safe foods and familiar foods, how about sliced peppers with cream cheese? Or nuts with dried fruit-maybe you try a different dried fruit like dried cherries or apricots instead of your typical raisins or dried cranberries? Wasa crackers vs Ritz crackers with your almond butter. Or again, Google it! Search for terms such as “easy” beginner” and “easy” and you’ll find something that will work for you!
Eat When You’re Hungry vs the Clock
Many times we simply eat by the clock like we are little robots, “oh it’s 3 o’clock, time for a snack” or “it’s lunchtime”. While being conscious of the clock is great, sometimes we eat ONLY because of the clock and NOT because we are responding directly to our hunger cues. When your body really isn’t hungry and isn’t calling on you to feed it, your taste buds are dulled. When you ARE hungry, taste buds are much more sensitive and food will taste so much more intense. This will bring much more pleasure to the food you are currently eating and pull you out of your robotic daze.
Take a Break from Calorie Counting
If you roll your eyes every time you open up your MyFitnessPal app, it is time to take a break. Food logging is very helpful for many, but also just about as equal in annoyance for many. You’re not breaking any laws because you take a breather from it, and it does not mean that all of a sudden you are going to become mindless. If taking a break makes you nervous, just drop the amount of days that you are logging to 1 or 2 instead of 6 or 7. On the opposite spectrum, some of you may NEED to start food logging again, but same advice. Just tap into a food log 1-2 times a week and it should be just enough mindfulness to pull your headspace back into a good place.
Revisit Your WHY Goals
Why did you come down this path to better your eating? What is your WHY behind this? Dig deep, write it out-don’t just think it out. This will be more influential than you may think.
Try Something Unfamiliar at the Grocery Store
Sometimes I will challenge myself and see something at the grocery store I have never tried and just try it. Many (many) times I find myself on Youtube, learning how to peel or slice or even cook something! It’s ok! Have fun learning more about the healthy foods that are available to you. We limit ourselves so much from what is out really out there! You are missing out!
Incorporate Other Self Care
Tap into other forms of self care to remind you that taking care of your health is important. There are many needs as humans we all have: spiritual, physical, social, sexual, intellectual, etc. Tap into one of these (or other) needs. It will really improve the respect, appreciation, and desire for healthy eating.
Get Help with Prep with a Cooking Appliance
Maybe your prep IS taking you way too long and is the culprit behind your “blah”. Do you need the ultimate veggie dicer to make your prep a little easier? How about an Instant Pot or crock pot? Maybe it’s not an appliance but rather a service. Try online shopping options-it may be just what you need to get your nutrition mojo back!