AMAZING things happen when you choose to put yourself first and make changes towards living a healthier lifestyle. There are several benefits and signs of success you might notice after taking up new, good-for-you habits. Besides the obvious differences like improved energy and how you feel or look, there are several other improvements you may notice as a side effect of better food choices and healthier habits. Here are a few additional improvements you may notice as a result to living your BEST life.
Your relationship with food improves.
Choosing to consistently eat whole, real foods can change our taste buds over time and cause you to crave fresh flavors instead of highly processed ones (we low key crave our veggie taco bowl ALL the time! 👋)! Consider: Has the quality of your food choices increased in the past few weeks (i.e. are you eating more fruits and vegetables than processed foods)? This in itself is a big change for some and a great way to note progress in making better choices.
An improved food relationship might also mean being content with your food choices and never feeling shame or guilt from choosing items that you enjoying eating. Regardless of whether you’re loving on a veggie filled salad or chocolate chip cookie, when the majority of our food choices are whole and nutrient dense, there’s totally room for fun sweets here and there (we know because we love them too!). This helps us build confidence in acknowledging our food choices are for ourselves and no one else.
Your mindfulness improves.
Part of the process in discovering the healthy lifestyle fit for you is simply to acknowledge what you are putting into your body. Instead of striving for a “perfect” way to eat, learning which foods agree with your body ultimately puts you in a more mindful state when it comes to making better decisions. Eating mindfully helps us eat when we’re physically hungry and stop when we are comfortably full. Tuning into your true hunger levels can help discern between hunger, dehydration, and even emotional eating/eating out of boredom. You learn to satisfy your body with the nutrients it needs, which can decrease your cravings for unnecessary snacking. Ultimately, you may find that your digestion improves too – when we are in a relaxed state, our body is in the optimal state for digestion, which helps decrease bloating.
Your fitness and performance levels improve.
Combined with a consistent workout routine, fueling your body with the energy it needs can result in increased fitness performance levels. You might notice that your body has more endurance, speed and strength. Even if it’s something simple like walking longer without breaks or taking the stairs without losing your breath, any physical activity that feels easier with time is certainly progress worth noting.
Bottom line: Progress is progress and worth celebrating in every way! While tracking the numbers is one way to gauge progress, don’t forget to celebrate the actions you’re taking consistently. Simply put – don’t let one way define your health progress or status.