Raise your hand if you’ve ever said you need to eat healthier and the next minute you are back to what you shunned.

There are a million ways to motivate yourself to exercise, eat healthily and be more mindful, but these are a few that have worked for me. Are you struggling to keep a healthy diet? Here are tips to motivate yourself to eat the right foods and maintain a healthy body, lifestyle and well-being:

Try new foods. Eating steamed broccoli and baked tofu every night can get old. Look for new healthy recipes online, in cookbooks or magazines so you don’t get bored with eating healthy. I know a good place for recipes.

Enlist support from your friends and family. Whenever I realize I need to get back to my roots and clean up my eats the first person I tell is Isaac because he then knows not to offer me sips of beer and chips.

Team up with a friend and hold each other accountable for eating healthy.

Eat something every 2-3 hours. This keeps your metabolism running and also makes sure you don’t get ravenous and end up eating whatever is in sight when you get home from work.

Always bring a healthy snack with you when you leave the house for more than a couple hours. Apples, bananas, fruit and nut bars and carrots are super portable. Eat and enjoy your favourite foods in moderation. Deprivation tends to backfire so if you really want a treat, then eat and enjoy it.

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