Beyond Diet: Developing a Healthy Mindset
Updated: Jul 18
Everybody wants to be healthy. That's why many of us are hyper-focused with what we eat and going to the gym. We've got our meal plans, recipes, and shopping lists down pat. We track everything that goes into our mouths and feel guilty when we miss going to the gym every day.
With so many things to do and keep in mind, our bodies may be healthy, but our minds may be toxic. And that's really the root cause of why many of us fall off the wagon—so to speak.
When our minds can no longer take the pressure we put on ourselves, we tend to cave in and throw in the towel. Yes, a healthy diet and workout routine are good for the body. but we must not forget that we also need to foster a healthy mindset.
First, we need to understand that when on a diet, we shouldn't deprive ourselves of food. There are so many healthy, vegan foods that are delicious.
Aside from being healthy, veganism allows us to be gentler and more compassionate toward the environment. It's all about conditioning our mindset. When we know that we are contributing to the greater good, we feel better about ourselves. This, in turn, allows us to treat ourselves with kindness and love. Self-love and health go hand in hand.
How to foster a healthy mindset
The best way to break old unhealthy habits is to start developing healthier ones. It's not going to be easy, but it can be done with a healthy mindset.
Here are just some of the things that can help you on how to develop a healthy mindset.
Remember what your goals are
A lot of studies have found out that people who never lose sight of the big picture are more likely to succeed in achieving their goals. Motivation and self-determination also play a big role. As they say, keep your eyes on the prize.
One of the best ways to do this is by writing down the reasons why you want to build healthy habits. It could be because you want to wear your favorite dress or want to have enough energy to play with your kids after work. Keep that list somewhere you can see it every day to help motivate yourself.
Take things one step at a time
Breaking old bad habits is not easy. So, don't expect to be successful overnight. We need to see the big picture to reach our goals, but taking things one step at a time is how we accomplish them. If your goal is to lose 40 lbs, you might feel so overwhelmed that you never start.
So start with small goals and then work your way from there. And while you're at it, make sure to celebrate and be thankful for small victories. After all, gratitude and health are tightly intertwined together.
Research shows that gratitude and mental health are never far from each other. Aside from cultivating healthy well-being, gratitude can also help reduce mood disorders like depression and anxiety. It can also help you sleep better at night and wake up more energized and refreshed.
There are many ways you can express gratitude. Reflect on the positive things in your life and list them down in a gratitude journal. And don't forget to give someone a smile and a meaningful 'thank you'.
Health coaches with a focus on mindset
Your mindset is the most important aspect of achieving your health goals, and a health coach can help improve it by:
Developing new lifestyle habits and routines that help to foster a more positive mindset
Motivating and keeping you accountable
Helping you transition to a healthy lifestyle and diet minus the stress
A health coach can also help advise you on your diet. For example, if you are vegan, a plant-based health and nutrition coach will know best what should be included in your meal plans. They will also teach you to never lose sight of the importance of your mental health throughout the process.
To cope with stress in this fast-paced world, we tend to put as much stuff on autopilot so that we have enough energy for things that aren't automatic for us. The only problem is that most 'stuff' on autopilot are bad habits. Breaking old bad habits about our health and diet is not easy. But it can be done with the right mindset and the right coach to keep you accountable.
You can start by always being positive about yourself and everyone around you. Hiring a health coach can also help put you in the right direction.