It’s January of the new year, so chances are Google is being used to search “how to eat healthy in 2019.”
New year, new eating habits.
At least that’s what we tell ourselves before February creeps up and those heart-shaped candy boxes are impossible to resist. Next thing you know, you’ve eaten Chick-fil-A almost every day for a week and you can’t even remember what lettuce looks like.
But maybe that’s only happened to me.
Truth is, when eating “right” isn’t already a part of everyday eating habits, it’s really hard to adapt. Yet, for some reason with the changing of the year — which is really just a day after another day — comes this overwhelming sense of a clean slate.
Suddenly, you feel like you can do anything — like, pretend you don’t love Oreos anymore because they’re not good for the body.
When a new year’s resolution is to eat healthier and a few months in it’s gone off the rails, it’s incredibly tempting to give it up and say you’ll try again next year. Kind of like when you tell yourself you’ll start something on Monday, but something gets in the way and you can’t so you decide to start it the next Monday.
Most of my own failure with eating healthier is because I try to cut out all the foods that are considered bad, which usually happen to be my favorite foods. I’m a sucker for sweets and for French fries, so I always struggle giving those up.
As 2019 dawned and I decided to eat healthier because I wanted to stop feeling like a slug, I also realized I couldn’t completely reverse my long-ingrained awful eating habits.
I thought I’d ease my way into it and change a little at a time. This will give not just my body the opportunity to adjust, but more importantly, help the way I think about eating healthy. Because eating healthy isn’t actually hard, and the food isn’t necessarily bland.
I’ve also learned that one of the worst things someone who wants to get into eating healthier can do is to go grocery shopping with that mindset. Every fruit and vegetable option will be piled into the basket, along with anything that’s labeled organic. You get home and find yourself miserable surrounded by healthy food when you’re really just craving Gushers.
So, here’s to eating healthier, but not beating yourself up if you have tacos every once in a while.