Wondering how to make this lifestyle stick? What if you love eating out, meeting friends for wine, or exploring the local cuisine when you travel? What if you can’t give up your coffee or chocolate? How do you live healthy without giving up the things that make you happy?
At On Target Living, we believe everyone needs a sustainable plan that lets you enjoy every experience to the fullest without feeling guilty. After, all eating is an experience and it should be enjoyed in every way. We all need a plan that allows you to make room for the things you love without giving up your health. Want to live healthy and still be able to socialize and have fun?
Well, lucky for you we have just the thing. Are you ready to hear the secret?
The 80/20 Rule
80% of the time focus on eating in the center two circles of the food target and 20% of the time you can make room for the things you love.
Sounds so simple but it is so magical. This gives you 4 meals out of the week where you can splurge a little. Remember to never waste your 20% on something that is so not worth it. There are so many healthy and delicious things in this world it's important to make everything count.
With a little planning, you can enjoy all of your favorite things and still see the results you are looking for. Keep in mind that no one gets pleasure when they overdo things. Perhaps instant gratification but not long-term health and happiness.
Work up to 80/20 by taking small steps to healthy living and using the food target to upgrade the quality of your food and beverages.
You can also apply the 80/20 rule to movement and resting too. Plan to move your body most days of the week and aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
When you eat too healthy, you take the fun out of eating and when you live too unhealthy you take the fun out of life. Life is about being mindful about how much and how often you indulge and making everything count. Don’t give anything up, just make everything better.
–Kristen Johnson Brogan, Registered Dietitian at On Target Living
Have a craving for something sweet, salty or not so healthy? Wait it out! Research suggests that cravings truly only last 10 minutes. Set a timer, go for a walk, drink some water, and then re-visit that craving.
Many times our cravings stem from boredom, dehydration, or emotional triggers. Pay attention to these cravings and fuel your body with a little movement, a quick nap, a sip of water or a healthy snack.