We live in a world with information coming out of our ears. There is an infinite amount of health tips, life hacks and diet tricks out there right now. We often think large amounts of information can create clarity, but it's not true. Too much information leads to confusion and a baffled lack of clarity. Have you ever heard the phrase, "the more you learn, the more you realize you don't know."?
I've dabbled in the realm of yo-yo diets, weight-loss, weight-gain, exersicing consistently to being a couch-potato. What works? What will make me healthy and keep me there for the rest of my life?
I have the answers, or perhaps we should call them "fundamental guidelines". Answers don't solve problems unless the answer is directly applied to the situation. These answers are only guidelines until you choose to use them!
1. Make the committment
This is labeled number one for a reason. It is a crucial peice of the puzzle because nothing will change unless you make it happen. Don't rely on the universe to work with you here. It's hard to transition from "where ever you are" to a healthier lifestyle. Whatever it is that you want, write it out and post it somewhere. It can be something you keep in your wallet, in your journal, on your fridge, in your car, or plaster is to Facebook so the whole world can see! Make a committment to yourself. This is powerful if you do it right. Imagine your desires have fanagled their way into a situation where there is no turning back. You have no choice but to take those desires by the hand and move forward with them. There, you did it. You took the first step to simplifying your health.
2. Set your fridge and cupboards up for success
Setting yourself up for sucess is another very important key component to becoming healthy and staying healthy. We all know how easy it is to stray from the path. All it takes is giving up for just a brief moment to indulge in something you previously wanted to stay away from. Sometimes that's all it takes to completely fall off the band-wagon. You are no longer with the band, my friend. So, the key to keeping it straight is to only stock your fridge and cupboards with foods you are allowing yourself to eat. If oreos and pasta are on your "Do Not Eat" list, give them away. Do NOT leave them in the cupboard "just incase". You and I both know what will happen if they are back there. It's nice to think we can trust ourselves, but sometimes it's not worth trying, especially if we've made a non-negotiable committment. If you have a family or children that eat foods you have vowed to staying away from, perhaps keep the food in a different area from where you normal reach. Set yourself up for sucess, it's simple.
3. Find support
In my personal experience, this has been seriously valuable key to the sucess of my long-term health. Surround yourself with people who have similar health goals and eating habits. Walk your road to health with a friend or member of your family. Being able to check in with someone and hold them accountable, will in turn help you feel accountable and stay confident and strong on your journey. Support can be found in other ways besides having a buddy system. Is there an online community you could join to share your stories and progress with others? How about keeping an inspirational book handy to keep you motivated? Join a regularly scheduled class at the gym or yoga studio. There are many different ways to give yourself support. Find what fits best and works best in your life.
4. Snack often
Eat when you are hungry. Simple. The trick to this one is to make sure you never get to that dangerous point of severe hunger. When I'm feeling starving, I will stop at the store, buy a box of cookies or crackers and pretty much eat the whole thing. A common symptom of hunger is conscious decision taking a back seat. Our brain doesn't function the way we've trained it to when our body is zombie-crawling to the buffet line. We often hear from doctors and other medical professionals how important it is to stay hydrated. It's also important to say satified in the food-department. When you snack, start small. Each just enough to make you feel comfortable. Vegetables, fruits and nuts are great options when snacking between meals. This will enable you to think straight about what to eat and what not to eat, and significantly reduce your chances of binging on a meatball sub after work!
5. Reward Yourself
And last, another fundamental trip for staying healthy. Reward yourself! Why not? There's got to be something absolutely delicious you can make for yourself or do for yourself. Like chocolate mousse? Make this simple and easy raw chocolate mousse recipe in less than 30 minutes! Find something that feels like a reward, and enjoy. You've deserved it. Sometimes the reward is just feeling better!
Hello, I'm Julie.
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