Are you ready to start your healthy journey when it comes to food? So how to start this changes that can seem rather huge when you begin thinking about it? Food is not only for survival, it´s also a social activity that people are deeply connected to. It´s a matter of enjoying, what you are eating too.
What you eat should not be boring or tasteless. Then I can guarantee that you will not put up with the diet for very long. And some food can also be a bit addictive, and more difficult to stop eating. Like bread or sweets. But everything is possible! When I started with my diet change, I had eaten chocolate every day for many years. I thought it would be very difficult to be without it. But I did it! It only took a couple of weeks and then the cravings were gone.
1. Set your goals
If you haven't done this already, I recommend that you write down what you want to achieve with the changes you´re about to make. You can read more about this in an article coming soon. To have clear goals about what you want to feel like, be like and what you want to do in the future gives you more motivation and makes it easier to stick to your plans.
2. Make a plan on how to remove foods that are not good for you.
Of course you can stop eating everything that is not good for you all at once. If you are the kind of person who can stop eating the food that is said to have a bad effect on you, all at once, you can do it of course, just go ahead. Some girls find it difficult to do that, it can then be easier to do it in small steps. Having a good plan on how to do it, can be a big help. You can start removing one thing at time. Give it a couple of weeks, and then remove the next thing. You can for example start with removing gluten. Give it 2 weeks or so. If you have not noticed any difference at all, you can just go back to gluten for one day and feel how it feels. Then don´t eat gluten for another three days and try it again.
For some people it is enough removing one or two things in the diet and they feel much better already. Other girls have to remove more and be more consistent. We are all different and react differently on food.
3. Introduce the food that is good for you
It´s not only about removing food that is bad for you. You should also eat more of the stuff that is really healthy for you. Try to sneak it in to your meals whenever it´s possible. You can start with:
- Good omega oils: Virgin olive oil, chia seeds, hemp seeds, nuts
- Fresh Greens: Salads, spinach, kales
- Other vegetables
You´ll get more information about healthy food in the articles.
4. Write a journal
Writing a journal can be very helpful, to have actual “proof” how you feel and react. Write in it every day, how you feel. To make it easy you can make a grade from 1-10. 1 is just a little and 10 is a lot. For example: Pain 5 Tired 10 Digestion 10 (very good), in good mood etc. Write what you eat during the day. In that way you´ll figure out if there actually is something that you´re more sensitive to. This can take time, especially if you have IBS or a food sensitivity that can show up some days after you have eaten. Or maybe you´ll notice that you can actually eat one produce one day, but if you eat it more than once a day or two days in a row you feel bad. Don´t hesitate contacting a nutritionist if you are food sensitive.
5. Tell your family and friends
It´s a good idea telling your family and friends what kind of changes you have made in your diet. And why! I´ve noticed that people are a little sensitive when the food subject comes up, and it can be very difficult for them to understand why some people have chosen not to eat certain kinds of foods. Tell them what your diet is and why you´re doing it. When you tell them that it´s because of your health, that you want to get well and reduce your pain and other symptoms, that it has a huge effect in your daily life, you´ll have a good support. You can also tell them that you really need their support in your journey. It makes everything easier if you are open about your lifestyle changes.
6. Find new exciting recipes
To keep going with your diet, a good way is to find new tasty recipes. Fortunately the internet is full of them. And here you´ll be provided with some!
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Helen Kåselöv is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and the founder of Healing from within with yoga & food (former Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic pain). Helen has a history of severe endometriosis and is today helping women with endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids and other pelvic pain online, with yoga, nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Using yoga both as a tool in different kinds of healing programs, pain management, yoga has become the foundation in her work. “Yoga can help you in so many ways: Physically, mentally, spiritually and as a personal development tool.”