Seven Things to Remember When You Change Your Diet
I’m on day 60 of ca new eating plan and HOLY MOLY has my life changed. I met Macy McNeely earlier this year and after hitting rock bottom with feeling tired and crappy all the time, she gave me a meal plan that has 1000% changed how I feel. During these 60 days (so far) I’ve learned a thing or two about making diet changes more bearable and I'm passing these things along to you as someone super new to healthy.
Here are the seven things you need to remember when changing your diet that will make life a whole lot easier:
- Veggies aren’t cupcakes. STOP TRYING TO MAKE FETCH HAPPEN. There are people who say “OMG VEGGIES ARE SO GOOD they’re like my dessert!” I guarantee it’s been YEARS since that person had a cupcake. Here’s the hard truth: eating veggies takes time to get used to. I’ve been eating vegetables 4 times a day for 60 days and I’m just now coming around to broccoli. I think a great first goal is to find veggies that don’t make you gag. If you can get through a serving without yacking, add that to the list of things you’ll keep trying. Let me tell you, Macy gave me a list of over 40 veggies to choose from. Anyone can find 5 that don’t make you yack and teach yourself to like them. It’s true. It may take months but the more you eat it, the more you’ll crave it. Don’t go into it thinking you’re going to love it like you love cupcakes or you’ll be super let down.
- Stick to the plan. Whatever plan you’re going with, stick to it! Trying to find loopholes is such an enormous waste of time. If you could sub in chocolate for carbs, that would be listed on the plan. The plan is the plan because it works when you execute it correctly. I know you don’t want to hear that (I def don't) but …someone needs to say it. Excuses and loopholes are natural but seriously, DON’T GO DOWN THAT ROAD. I started this plan in an attempt to change my bad eating behavior and my bad behavior started when I was making excuses. Making excuses about why I can’t follow a plan is starting out on the same bad foot I was already on. Not the way to go. The more excuses you allow yourself, the more you’ll make. It's true: if you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.
- Set the bar low on flavor to start. This kind of goes hand in hand with treating veggies like cupcakes. On a lot of plans you have to introduce supplements or shakes. I know I’m doing a superfoods shake myself. I went in thinking that it was going to taste like THE WORST THING EVER. If you go into it with that mentality, I think you’ll be surprised at how those things taste. Thinking “I love chocolate so I’m getting the chocolate flavor” is dangerous because you’re telling your brain to expect the candy you eat and you’ll be let down. If you go into it thinking it’ll taste like grass, your brain will be pleasantly surprised when it doesn’t. I used to think none of the shakes tasted like the flavors on the bag but as I’ve given up chocolate, the shakes are tasting more like chocolate to me and I now crave that chocolate superfood shake instead of actual chocolate. As your taste buds change (and they will in this process), you'll come to find that foods you wouldn't have found delicious before are AMAZING now! The brain is amazing and mine is totally fooled.
- The choices you're making right now are going to affect you tomorrow. I've always heard health experts say "listen to your body" but really- what the eff does that mean? I'VE FIGURED IT OUT! When you start sprucing up your diet, take 10 seconds to write down how you feel after you eat certain things. After I eat broccoli I feel good, refreshed, not tired, engaged. After you've been eating well for a week or two, eat something sweet or salty that you really shouldn't have. I had a handful of nachos last weekend after almost 60 days of eating clean. I wanted to vomit. I felt so gross after. Bloated, tired and ready for a nap. The next day I woke up feeling the same way. So that's my interpretation of what people mean when they say listen to your body- it's telling you so many things and I used to ignore it. Your dinner tonight will impact you tomorrow. Have a long day or an important meeting? Think about how a big mexican dinner will make you feel for those things tomorrow. Some days it's worth it, some days it just isn't. Take a second after you eat to take note of how you feel and it'll start becoming more noticeable to you. I don't even think I'm craving healthy food as much as I'm craving the way I feel after I eat it. NOT TIRED!
- Eat your least favorite part of your meal first. I still don't love veggies so I eat those first. Then I eat my protein, then a carb and then polish it off with my serving of nut butter. The nut butter is my favorite so I end my meal on a high note thinking about how I can't wait to have my next meal. There's no MEH about it. Veggies forgotten. I'm telling you, PSYCHOLOGY IS AMAZING.
- Put some jalapeños on it! I've been adding jalapeños to almost everything and it completely changes the flavor of things I don't like. You have to like a little kick or you'll hate this hack but if you do, throw some fresh jalapenos on anything you can for a little added flavor. OK, now I'm hungry.
More about Macy: I feel AMAZING. Macy offers a bajillion different options and price plans for getting your sh*t together and I will say this: don’t be afraid to reach out to her. I don’t feel like it’s my place to give out her plan details myself because I’m nowhere NEAR an expert…but if you want help in almost any way, she can help you. She's more or less a life coach, even though I'm not sure she sees herself that way.
I know what you’re thinking because I thought it too: I don’t want to reach out and be forced into doing something I don’t want to do. I HATE THAT. She’s not selling cars here. She’s a busy girl and while she’s good at responding to people, she’s not the best at chasing after people (sorry, Macy. Love you). SO, if you have a question, reach out to her. She loves questions and I can certify that she’s not a lunatic. I reached out to her feeling horrible and tired (and sick of it) and she’s now become a friend to me. There is NOTHING I hate more than chasing me down trying to force me into doing anything…that’s not her, I swear. Callie’s honor. I’m a paying customer and get absolutely nothing if you reach out to her. I just adore her and more than that, I adore the way I feel!