How to Be Successful with a 30-Day Dietary Reset
The new year has got off to a flying start. After the holidays and festive season, you may be feeling like your diet could use a reset. A month of clean eating is likely to be appealing. A 30 day timeline is ideal to notice a difference in how you feel, but still realistic to be willing to cut out foods you typically enjoy in order to make some healthier habits.
If you’re looking to try a dietary reset to help start the new year off feeling great, the main foods to avoid are refined grains, added sugar, and alcoholic beverages.
A 30-Day dietary reset includes an abundance of non-starchy vegetables, seafood, eggs, and meat are the main components. While grains, dairy, most legumes, and – most importantly – added sugar, highly processed foods, and artificial ingredients are removed.
You may find eliminating nutritious foods like whole grains and legumes difficult to maintain, particularly if you are vegetarian or limit animal products. As bio-individuals, there isn’t one diet that will work for everyone, so experimenting and customizing can help determine the dietary reset that works best for you. I would certainly miss the occasional feta or chickpeas in my yummy summer salads.
This wholefoods approach can help improve insulin sensitivity, healthy hormones, reduce inflammation, and lower the risk of chronic disease.
Here are a few tips to help!
Set Yourself Up for Success
Committing to a 30-day dietary reset is a challenge, especially if it is significantly different than your typical eating habits. To set yourself up for success, a bit of planning can go a long way.
Leaving your meals to last-minute decisions will make it much more difficult to stick to clean foods. Plan your meals and snacks ahead of time to be successful. Consider when you’ll have time for food prep and choose meals that align with your schedule. If you need to pack meals for work, prepping the night before so they’re ready to go will make it easier in the morning.
Take It One Day at a Time
Try not to be hard on yourself if you have an off day or you eat something a bit indulgent. Acknowledge it, explore why it happened, and simply move forward – taking it one day at a time.
If you’re going to stray from the reset, do so mindfully. It’s important to consciously enjoy the meal, snack, or drink and refrain from overdoing it. Similarly, try to focus on how the nutritious whole foods you’re eating are supporting your health and nourishing you rather than spending time worrying about a food you “shouldn’t” eat.
Trying a 30-day reset with a friend, partner, or family member is a great way to support each other and make it more fun. The people we surround ourselves with significantly impact our food choices, so having someone who is focused on similar goals can make it easier to choose nutritious options. You can share recipes, cook together, and even check in to see how the other is doing.
Be Open to Reevaluating
The reset should be about nourishment rather than restriction, so if it begins to feel stressful or if it’s negatively affecting your food relationship, it’s time to reevaluate. Check in with how you feel during the reset: What’s your energy level like? How’s your digestion? Are you sleeping more restfully? How about your emotional state?
Consider this as an experiment and continue to refine what supports your health and wellness and works best for you.
No matter what type of reset you choose, be gentle with yourself.
In good health
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