One of the biggest obstacles to cleaner eating is between your ears. We’re talking about your mind, or more specifically, your mindset. Many of us feel a lot of pressure the moment we restrict ourselves to certain foods. Even if it’s for great reasons, it’s easy to feel stressed. With that in mind, here are some tips for dealing with the pressure.
1. Stay on the outer edges
When you think about where most markets place foods, the produce, breads, dairy and deli are on the outer edges, while the processed foods go into the store interior. So use the “out of sight, out of mind” principle and stick to the outer aisles of your local market where the healthier, less processed foods are.
2. Take a break
Give yourself permission now and again to have a treat and really enjoy it. Instead of worrying about binging and being out of control, tell yourself you’re exercising control by allowing yourself to eat five cookies on a given Sunday. In that way, you’ll actually feel more in control and may find it easier to only eat three.
3. Seek clean treats
There’s a whole world of recipes and new products made for healthier eating. Whether it’s a vegan chocolate chip muffin or some banana-based “nice-cream,” you’ll find you can treat yourself and still enjoy tasty, healthier treats.