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Six Practical Tips for Getting Back on the Healthy Eating Track

by Marissa on July 6, 2012

If there’s one phrase I hear over and over again in my coaching practice, it’s this:

“I just need to get back on track.”

It seems many of us know how to eat well and what we need to do to take care of ourselves but after a vacation, a long weekend or holiday or just a crazy week of work — anything that bucks us out of our routine — getting back on the straight and narrow feels daunting and impossible.

Wouldn’t it be a whole lot easier just to keep eating takeout and skipping the gym?

To that I say, maybe, but you’d feel a whole lot crappier for it so why not get your act together and get back on the right track?

I’m here to show you how it can be A LOT simpler than you think:

1. Create a Vision: What do you want to accomplish over the next few weeks? What does getting back on track mean to you? Think of a simple vision for your health and wellness and jot it down. Research shows that writing our goals down makes us more likely to commit to making them a reality.

2. Start Small and Basic: Don’t overwhelm yourself by taking on everything at once. One day, commit to drinking eight glasses of water, the next to bringing your lunch to work and cooking a healthy meal at home, then on day three, get back into the gym. Take your first week back step by step and build on the previous day’s accomplishments. It’s all about the small victories.

3. Use the Buddy System: Have a best friend or significant other whose been complaining about being off track too? Commit to turning over a new leaf together. Having someone else to be accountable to makes it easier and more fun!

4. Create a Meal Plan: Staying on track is way more manageable when you’ve planned ahead for it. Start with one week of meal plans and go from there. If you’re looking for 4 weeks of done-for-you meal plans, shopping lists, inspiration and wellness tips and secrets check out The Total Reset Plan. The summer edition launches July 9. Don’t let the cooking aspect scare you away. Prep time is minimal and so is the clean up.

5. Stock Up: Get your butt to the store and stock up on healthy staples. You don’t need to go overboard, just have a few key items on hand to make your favorite healthy meals in a pinch. For me, at a minimum, it looks like this:

  • kale and/or salad greens
  • quinoa
  • a can of beans
  • tempeh
  • garlic, ginger and onion
  • almond milk
  • nut butter
  • bananas
  • frozen strawberries
  • avocado

Believe it when I say that I can get at least a day, if not two, of good meals out of this simple list.

If you’re feeling off track or out of control with a healthy eating plan, try a few of the tips I shared here and let me know how it goes for you in the comments below. Have your own tips for getting back on track — or staying on? Share them in the comments section!

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