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Sorry I missed last week’s Tip Thursday – I have been trying desperately to catch up with the ever-growing pile of laundry, dishes and more laundry and dishes. Anyhow, for today’s Tip Thursday, I wanted to focus on what I consider to be the most important step when it came to my healthy lifestyle journey and that’s the beginning. I have often heard that when it comes to a healthy lifestyle/weight loss journey, most people say, “You just wake up one morning and you just have to decide that you want something better.” As much as I think that there is some validity to that, it’s not something that will sustain you the first few days of your journey.
When I started my journey, I knew the only way I could be successful (or at least set myself up for success) was to plan ahead.
Set A Target Date: This may seem a little convoluted, but for me setting up a target date regarding when I was going to make the full switch helped me plan out my grocery list and also helped me ease into my new diet.
Start Slow: I had mentioned above that I eased my way into the lifestyle switch. I didn’t want to jump all in because I just didn’t know how my body would react. By slowly easing myself into the diet (I did it for about a week leading up to the actual diet change), I was already eating about 45-50% keto, so making a full switch wasn’t that tough; it was simply changing one meal (breakfast).
Research: Okay, so this part is pretty lame, but if you are looking to going on a specific diet like vegan, paleo, keto, etc. do your research and understand the basics of the diet. When you understand the basics making decisions regarding what to eat and what not to eat become easier. Understanding and knowing will also make grocery shopping a breeze.
Plan Before You Shop: I solely stand by this because when you plan out what you are going to eat for the 1-2 weeks, you stock your refrigerator and pantry with wholesome foods that follow your diet. Also, by planning out what you are planning to eat, you can also save money on food and it cuts down your chances of being tempted with other food laying around the house. About three weeks prior to my D-Day (January 1st) I began planning out things like snacks and canned goods that I could pick up. I tend to do the bulk of my grocery shopping every other week (pay week) so during those weeks I picked up the more expensive things like meat and chicken. By the time I went keto, I had everything I needed and when I was starving and wanting a snack, I didn’t have to worry about being tempted by things like potato chips, chocolates, cookies, etc.
Starting this journey can be a difficult one because you are acknowledging that the life you are living right now isn’t the greatest and you want something better. By fully understanding the diet and stocking up on diet-friendly foods, I have been able to stay on it without any temptation.
Let me know what you did when you first started your healthy lifestyle journey to ensure a successful start in the comments down below! For more updates and just to keep up with me, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter @ciaociao808.