When initiating lifestyle changes to support your health and well-being don’t feel like you have to do it all by yourself. In fact you’re more likely to be successful if you have the help and support of others.
Get in the routine of engaging in some type of physical activity 5 days a week. Look at your calendar or planner to see what you’ve already got scheduled. Then block out time for exercise. Write down what you plan to do and when. If you put it on the calendar and intentionally set time aside you’re more likely to actually do it.
Physical activity can include yard work, house chores, and other strenuous activities in addition to traditional forms of exercise.
When it comes to diet and nutrition, plan meals out for the week ahead and buy the appropriate groceries for what you intend to make. Do meal prep ahead of time and batch cook when you can. It will save you time and effort later on.
Include as many whole, plant-based foods at possible. As you change what you eat and eliminate, or cut back on, things like sugar and sodium your pallet will change and you won’t even miss them!
I used to eat cheese every day. I loved it! Now that I’ve stopped, over three years ago, I don’t miss it a bit. Meat? Same thing. Every summer I do indulge in a few pieces of venison marinated and cooked on the grill. It’s a real treat! When I know I’m eating to support my health it’s easier to make good food choices.
There are tons of healthy, delicious recipes. Try this black bean soup recipe and check out my favorite plant-based cookbooks by clicking here.
If your family members aren’t on board it can be harder to change habits but don’t let it stop you. Find someone who will be supportive. There are ways to make it work. Get creative!
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