25 Healthy Eating Affirmations to Ignite Your Nutrition Journey

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Are you looking for a free and effective tool to improve your relationship with food and transform your health? 

If your answer is yes, then healthy eating affirmations are for you. 

Affirmations are positive statements that can help you to overcome limiting beliefs that prevent you from meeting your goals. 

Read on to discover how affirmations work, the best way to use affirmations, and 25 of my favorite healthy eating affirmations to start using right away.

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How Do Affirmations Work?

We all have stories we believe about ourselves. Maybe you believe that you just don’t like healthy food and never will, or that you don’t have the willpower for anything in life, including healthy eating.

These self-limiting beliefs are often so ingrained that you don’t even challenge them.

A Story:

Listen to this story about a client of mine, S. 

S. had a belief about herself that she could not control herself around chocolate. Whenever she had chocolate at home, it wouldn’t last more than a day – whether it was a chocolate bar, chocolate cake, or chocolate ice cream. She simply HAD to eat it all at once. 

S. told me that she’d been this way since childhood. She confessed to sneaking chocolate from the kitchen after everyone else had gone to bed so that she could binge on it alone in her room at night.

She wasn’t even hungry, she told me. She did it because she felt compelled to and, in her words, had “zero self-control.”

The only solution, she told herself, was not to ever have chocolate at home. 

She’d be “good” for a few weeks but then one day she’d notice a great sale on candy bars at the supermarket or be tempted by a beautiful chocolate cake in a bakery window. The next thing she’d know, she’d be bingeing on chocolate again.

She was fed up, but after trying to change her behavior so many times in the past, she was losing hope. 

S. came to see me not expecting much from our sessions. She decided that this would be her last try at gaining control.

S. was surprised when instead of putting her on a meal plan, I talked to her about the importance of changing her mindset. 

Her self-limiting beliefs – namely, that she was “out of control” – were setting her up for failure.

Healthy eating affirmations help to rewire your brain. By changing your core beliefs, you’ll be on the path to successfully change your behavior (1).

Take a moment now to ask yourself this question: What limiting beliefs or stories do I tell myself about my inability to eat healthily?

Tips for Using Affirmations

  1. Repeat your favorite affirmations out loud every day. This isn’t something that you can do one time for a quick fix. This is a daily commitment.
  2. Even if you don’t believe them right now, say your affirmations in a tone of voice that suggests you do!  
  3. Write down or print out this list of healthy eating affirmations and post them someplace you’ll see them often. For example, you can hang them on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror. You can even screenshot this list of affirmations and use them as a background on your phone!
  4. Take time to visualize yourself meeting your health and nutrition goals. 
  5. Record these affirmations in an audio file on your phone so you can listen to them while walking, commuting, or getting ready for bed.

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25 Affirmations for Eating Healthy

  1. Eating well is easy for me.
  2. I feel amazing when I nourish my body.
  3. I am prioritizing myself by making conscious food choices.
  4. I provide myself with the best possible fuel.
  5. I choose foods that make me feel good.
  6. I can make and commit to healthy choices, even when it’s not easy.
  7. My body deserves nourishment.
  8. I eat portion sizes that leave me feeling satisfied. 
  9. I enjoy all foods in moderation. 
  10. Every bite I eat is a moment to honor myself and my body.
  11. I stay present and mindful during meals, savoring every bite.
  12. I am confident in choosing the foods that my body needs.
  13. I deserve food that is healthy and tastes good.
  14. I love my body and all that it can do.
  15. I am putting old, unhealthy patterns behind me.
  16. I am choosing foods that help me live my best life. 
  17.  I embrace healthy choices that support my well-being.
  18. I don’t need to feel guilty for my food choices.
  19. I can eat healthy without eating “perfectly.” “Perfect” does not exist.
  20. I discover new and delicious ways to eat healthy food daily.
  21. I honor my body by listening to my hunger and fullness cues.
  22. With every healthy choice, I am investing in my well-being.
  23. I am proud of myself for the good choices I make.
  24. Every meal is an opportunity to support my goals. 
  25. I am grateful to have wholesome, nutritious food that provides me with energy. 

How to Write Your Own Healthy Eating Affirmations

If you’re interested in writing your own healthy eating affirmations, follow these three steps:

  1. Write down your specific nutrition and health goals.
  2. Identify what barriers and challenges you face that make it hard for you to meet these goals. Don’t forget to include any negative beliefs that you have about healthy eating and your ability to achieve your goals.
  3. Write down a list of positive statements that challenge your negative beliefs. Write in the present tense – for example: “I AM making good choices” – not “I WILL  future tense] make good choices.” 

Bottom Line

Repeating affirmations for eating healthy can help transform your relationship with food.

You’ll be fostering a positive mindset and compassion for yourself. At the same time, you’ll learn to reframe your thoughts and break free of self-limiting beliefs.

Remember that affirmations are not a quick fix. Choose the affirmations that resonate with you the most, and commit to saying them twice a day for at least a month.

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Meredith Mishan is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with over 12 years of experience working with nutrition clients from around the world. She has a Master of Science degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University and is credentialed as a dietitian in both the United States and Israel.

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