Adopting a Healthier Diet
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Adopting a Healthier Diet

Embracing Persistence: Overcoming Challenges in Adopting a Healthier Diet

Embarking upon a journey to adopting a healthier diet is a commendable decision as it promises long-term benefits for your overall well-being. However, your transformation will not be without its challenges. It requires persistence—a steadfast commitment to making positive dietary changes despite the hurdles that may arise along the way. In this article, I want to share with you the importance of persistence in changing to a healthier diet and to shed some light on common obstacles you may face on your journey.

Understanding the Significance of Persistence

When it comes to adopting a healthier diet, persistence will serve as the cornerstone of your success. It’s the driving force that will empower you to overcome obstacles and sustain positive changes. Persistence involves maintaining focus and determination even when you’re faced with temptation (and you will be), setbacks, or the convenience of old, familiar and often comforting habits. By embracing persistence, you acknowledge that transforming your dietary habits is not a one-time effort but a lifelong commitment.

Challenges on the Path to a Healthier Diet

a) Habits and Cravings:

Unhealthy eating patterns are often deeply ingrained, both mentally and physically. This makes it challenging to break free from your familiar routines and go-to comfort foods in times of stress. Additionally, cravings (and you will have them) for sugary, processed or high-fat foods can pose a significant hurdle in adopting a healthier diet.

b) Limited Time and Resources:

The demands of modern life may often leave you with little time to plan and prepare healthy, nutritious meals. Limited access to fresh produce and healthier food options can also hinder your desire to transition to a healthier diet.

c) Social Influences:

Social gatherings, family traditions, and peer pressure can exert a powerful influence on your food choices. Navigating these situations while adhering to a healthier diet can be difficult, as they often involve temptations and the fear of standing out and being teased. I’ve been there, and it’s sometimes uncomfortable, but so worth it in the end.

d) Emotional Eating:

Stress, boredom, or emotional triggers may lead you to impulsive eating and may lead you to reach for unhealthy comfort foods instead of nourishing alternatives. Emotional eating can easily undermine progress towards a healthier diet and pose a significant challenge to that persistence we talked about earlier.

Strategies to Cultivate Persistence

a) Set Realistic Goals:

Begin by setting achievable goals that align with your personal preferences, lifestyle, and dietary needs. Small, incremental changes are easier to sustain and build upon over time. Slow and steady is the best approach for most of us.

b) Build a Supportive Environment:

Surround yourself with individuals who support your healthy eating goals. Share your aspirations with friends and family, and seek their encouragement and understanding. Consider joining a support group or an online community that will provide inspiration, guidance and support. We all need a cheering section at times like this.

c) Plan and Prepare:

Invest time in meal planning and preparation to ensure healthier choices are readily available. This can include batch cooking (which I personally love to do), grocery shopping with a list (I now do this too), and prepping meals or snacks in advance. By having nutritious options on hand, you’ll be more likely to successfully manage the time and convenience barriers that threaten your healthy eating goals.

d) Practice Mindful Eating:

This is an important one! Cultivate awareness of your eating habits by practicing mindful eating. Pay attention to your hunger and fullness cues, savor the flavors and textures of your food and aim to eat without distractions. It may sound silly, but counting your chews is a good way to become aware of how quickly you bolt down your food without adequately chewing it. Mindful eating helps you make conscious choices that align with your goals and prevents impulsive eating.

e) Develop Coping Mechanisms:

Identify alternative coping mechanisms for stress, boredom, or emotional triggers that don’t involve food. Engage in physical activity, practice relaxation techniques like meditation, pursue hobbies, or seek support from a therapist or counselor to address any underlying emotional issues that may be sabotaging your success.

Adopting a healthier diet is a transformative journey, and your success demands persistence and resilience. Despite the challenges that may arise, persistence will help you to overcome hurdles and will forge lasting dietary changes. By understanding the significance of persistence and by employing effective strategies, you will be able to navigate the obstacles you encounter on your path to a healthier lifestyle. Embrace the power of persistence, for it is your key to unlocking the abundant benefits of a balanced and nourishing diet. Remember, every small step counts, and your commitment to change will yield long-lasting rewards for your long-term well-being. It will be so worth it!

Helping You Achieve Major Wellness!


Cheryl A Major, CNWC

Cheryl A Major, CNWC


I’m author, health coach, and entrepreneur Cheryl A Major, and I would love to connect with you! If you’re new to the world of creating better health, both mental and physical for yourself, please check out my training on how to get gluten out of your diet. Becoming Gluten Free Me is where to check it out. Learn how gluten affects us and how to go about reducing or eliminating it from your diet. You don’t have to suffer with Celiac Disease to benefit from getting gluten out of your life!

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  • Mary Struzinsky

    Hi Cheryl, I enjoy this post. Years ago when I switched to eating clean, it really was a lifestyle change and it took time. I replaced items in my kitchen slowly over time but eventually my pantry looked completely different. It was worth it because all my health issues disappeared.

    • Cheryl Major

      Hi Mary! Isn’t it amazing the difference good food makes? I struggle to make people understand. Sometimes it takes a disaster like a bad diagnosis to push them to change. I blame the processed food companies as they design their fake food to be addictive. Good for you! Thanks so much for your comment!

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