Have you heard of the All or Nothing mentality?
It's when you engage in all or nothing thinking, you think of your life in extreme terms: It’s either perfect or a disaster. You’re either a total success or a total!
Going to one of these two extremes when evaluating your life especially when it comes to food and nutrition can make it fertile ground for self-blame and guilt because what you’re really doing is demanding perfection from yourself, since the only alternative you’re willing to consider is a failure, and no one is happy with that.
The truth is that it's not your fault! There are so many extreme diets out there that push this mentality! Absolutely no carbs, no meat, no treats! Or you will never be healthy! What a crazy message right?
For me, I know that I can enjoy my favorite foods like chocolate and not have to stress about it one bit! I absolutely love eating and I'm a total foodie! It took me a while to get to this point though.
I also struggled with that whole all-or-nothing mentality because I tried a ton of fad diets. They never worked for me though because I needed balance in my life!
If this is something you can relate to check out some of these tips:
1- Give yourself a lot of grace
Especially during the holidays...know that you can enjoy some food and it's totally OK!
2- Focus on positivity
Did you hit your hydration goal that day? Or hit your step goals? Celebrate that!
3- Aim for 80% consistency
When it comes to your healthy habits instead of making sure you are 100% "on track".
4- Ditch that term "on track"
The only way you fall off track is by giving up completely!