Sticking to your healthy habits

The saying goes that if something is important to you, you’ll find a way to do it, and if it’s not, you’ll always find an excuse.

If you’ve stuck to your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier and lose weight, you’ve almost reached the 3 month mark. Give yourself a pat on the back because, well, you’re inspiring!

It’s usually around about now though that excuses start creeping in to knock you off track. So how do you say ciao baby to those excuses and stick to your resolutions?

Excuse: The year is getting so busy and you don’t have time to eat healthily.

Eating takes time, whether it’s sitting down for a meal at home, eating at your desk, or grabbing something to munch in the car. Buying food also takes time, whether it’s a big weekly shop or a quick stop at the shops. Each time you buy something to eat, you are in control of the decision. So go for the nourishing option.

Excuse: You’re not seeing the results you wanted to see by now.

You wouldn’t run the Two Oceans Marathon without doing some shorter runs beforehand, right? You might even have had some days when you seriously considered selling your entry, followed by a fantastic early morning run that made you keep working towards your goal.

Basically, small changes lead to big changes, so think about how far you’ve already come. Every small health-focused decision you’ve made has already brought you closer to a healthy weight. If you’re exercising along with eating healthier, your body will be changing on the inside, so focus on the change in energy levels and the feel of your clothes instead of the number on the scale.


Excuse: You’re sick and tired of eating the same veggies over and over again.

This is a huge stumbling block. We all know that vegetables are high in nutrients. But there’s nothing more boring than having steamed baby marrows and butternut four nights in a row. Find inspiration from recipes on, cookbooks, cooking shows and your favourite restaurants. And shamelessly recreate their combinations. Or try these easy options:

  • Blend cooked butternut and cooked sweet potato into a puree
  • Chuck baby spinach into your salad
  • Roast whole carrots with a little chilli and lemon juice, or grate raw carrots and mix with fresh coriander and lemon juice
  • Finely slice leeks and yellow peppers then sauté in a pan with a little water
  • Mix raw broccoli, snap peas, shredded red cabbage and sweet chilli sauce for a crunchy side dish

Even if your dinner just includes tomatoes, spinach and red peppers straight out of a packet, that meal already gives you antioxidants, iron and vitamin C. Most veggies can be steamed, grilled, roasted, stir-fried and sautéed; you just have to be brave enough to give it a shot.

KAUAI’s new Paleo-style Kahuna Salad is also definitely worth a try: with cos lettuce, fresh rosa tomatoes, sweet pineapple, red pepper, juicy honey mustard steak, beetroot and a yoghurt dressing, you’ll be getting delicious Hawaiian flavours and a wide range of nutrients in one go!

Creating healthier habits is so much better than living by willpower or forcing restrictions every day. If healthier eating hasn’t quite become second nature yet, hang in there – you’ll be so glad you did.

Written for the Virgin Active blog

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