Lasting lifestyle changes

We all know that person who wants to make healthier habits, get more exercise, cook healthy meals but just can’t seem to get there. Is motivation lacking? Maybe they just don’t care. I don’t think anyone should offer unsolicited advice to someone in their life. I like the saying “when the student is ready, the master will appear”. We can’t talk someone into making changes in their lives, but if they decide to want to make changes and need help - be there for them.

What's stopping you?

If making lasting healthy changes in your life are important then what is the roadblock? Everyone has those days that we feel that we have failed too many times. Too slow, too big, not good enough. Take comfort in the fact that every person (yes, even that person who seems to lead an impossibly perfect life) has those same feelings from time to time. It’s just that some people let those feelings stop them from leading their best lives. Others acknowledge those thoughts and then push them aside and say not today.

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So how to tackle big lifestyle changes? Just like eating an elephant, one bite at a time.

 

Commit to cooking more meals at home.

Bring your lunch to work.

Prep meal ingredients ahead for the week.

Read ingredient labels.

Add more fresh vegetables.

Savoury breakfasts.

Be more consistent with exercise, walking counts!

Cultivate a morning routine.

Meditate.

In bed by 10 pm.

 

Focus on one thing at a time and make it measurable. What you measure you improve. So put a number on it. You will bring your own lunch 4 days a week to work. You will get active 3 days this week. Set reminders on your phone or calendar. Once you make it a habit and it doesn't take much effort, incorporate something new.

What new healthy habit do you want to incorporate into your life? One of mine is making my bed every morning.