Making dietary changes isn’t easy. I know, I’ve been there. During the 14 day Lifestyle Makeover that Denise and I are currently running (make sure you message me to get on the waitlist for the next one!), we’ve spent a bit of time talking about how to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Some of the topics were so powerful that I wanted to take an opportunity to share a few with my readers.
1) Remember WHY you desire a healthy lifestyle. Remember that it’s impossible to be healthy (emotionally and physically) without a healthy diet, but that’s easier said than done. So WHY do you want to be healthy? Is it to avoid trips to the Dr? Keep up with your children? Increase your energy? That WHY should be the driving force for your healthy habits. On top of that all, throw out your OLD mentality. It no longer serves you and is irrelevant (i.e. I’m fat, I’m a binge eater, it’s too hard…).
2) Small, baby steps are what produce lasting results. If you’re a daily soda drinker, no one expects you to stop overnight (and that’s likely not realistic for you to expect either). Or, if you hate vegetables, it’s unrealistic to believe that tomorrow you’ll eat 7 servings. So figure out where you want to go with diet and lifestyle, and set some small goals to help you get there. For some of you, that may be an added serving of vegetables per day, and for others it may be more water. No matter your baby steps, celebrate the wins and know that the more you make small changes, the better your long-term results.
3) Manage your emotions. We have a fantastic mindset coach in our group, and she really spent some time diving into this. My biggest takeaway for you all is to take a step back and evaluate why you do the things you do. If you are an emotional eater, what are your triggers? And then find a better way to cope (other than food). If you’re always stressed out, come up with a list of activities to de-stress. If you’re unhappy with aspects of your life, find little ways to better those areas. Emotions are 100% linked to your health, so start making changes if necessary.
4) Find healthy swaps for your favorite “nutrient-depleting” foods (and don’t keep the unhealthy ones in the house!). No one is suggesting that you have to completely give up all of your favorite unhealthy foods, you can certainly eat them on occasion. But, if you are someone that is trying to make healthy changes but you a) can’t give up your pizza pockets, or b) will die without your cookies, then find some healthy alternatives out there. There are TONS! A few of my favorites:
- Simple Mills (crackers, cookies and waffles)
- LoveGrown cereal
- Paleo Puffs
- Mikey’s grain free products
And, because I love giving you all recipes, here’s a favorite for a “chocolate milkshake”:
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 frozen bananas
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seed butter
- 4 dates
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- dash of cayenne or ginger for some zing (optional)
Blend and enjoy!
Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be hard, but it DOES have to be intentional. Remember that health is a marathon and not a race, so small steps will get you there! If you need support and accountability, you can join my Facebook group HERE. Or, if you’re on the hunt for recipes, I’ve got 5 days worth RIGHT HERE!