When you start learning about ways you can transform your health, you may get lost with all of the information that’s available on the internet. You may feel overwhelmed or confused and that may stop you from starting your journey at all. This is why I’m sharing with you the 3 steps I took to jump start my weight loss, transform my health and my family’s health, and create a healthy lifestyle.
Here it goes…
# 1- DON’T BUY THE JUNK FOOD
It’s a simple rule that requires a lot of commitment and determination. People think that you can buy the junk food and eat it moderately. That’s quite difficult for people who like sugar or junk food. I didn’t believe people when they told me sugar was an addiction. I read a few articles on how sugar is more addicting than cocaine or how breakfast was the most important meal of the day. Those concepts never resonated with me until a year ago that I started observing my morning routine. I used to eat gummy bears for breakfast. My mornings consisted of orange juice and sugary cereal or I would just skip breakfast and blame it on my busy schedule. I would keep telling myself that I would stop eating sugar and junk food, but I couldn’t control myself. I would fight with my husband every time I was on a diet and he would bring junk food from his mother’s house. He didn’t believe in sugar addition. He didn’t know that sugar addicts don’t have will power over sugar. So when we became educated on how foods affect our minds and behaviors, we made one permanent change, to never to buy sugar, junk food or sweets again. We decided it was best to never bring these foods into our homes and we have been consistent with that since. The hardest part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle are two things:
- Not eating fatty foods like burgers, fries, or any fried foods
- Eating sweets, deserts, breads, or any foods with lots of sugar
If you can’t eat them, then why buy them? It’s ok to occasionally have them as a treat, but not to bring them inside your home. Why? Because it just makes it that much harder to avoid those foods. If you don’t have these foods in your fridge, you won’t eat them. I’m sure you’ve had days where you come home starving from a long day of work and you want to eat whatever is in plain sight? Guess what you’ll pick first if you have them in your fridge or pantry? Junk food. Our minds are programmed to seek foods that give us instant gratification and pleasure. If you don’t have those foods in your fridge or pantry, you will more than likely to pick up an apple, or an orange, or some pickles. I can’t begin to tell you how this one change has changed my life.
We aren’t perfect. Our bodies crave unhealthy foods sometimes. Whoever says they don’t cheat is being dishonest. You can have those foods, but in moderation. Our family cheats maybe once a week. We will have a few cookies, or eat some organic popcorn, or once a month we will go to a restaurant to eat some delicious foods. Living a healthy lifestyle consists of moderation. You have to learn how to take control over food. Don’t let it control you. You have to work on learning when you can have a treat and how much. Don’t overdo it. Keep the junk food away from your fridge and buy it when you feel like its ok to indulge a little.
Remember, the less junk food you bring into your home, the better results you will have at permanently living a healthy lifestyle.
#2- LEAVE THE EXC– USES WHERE THEY BELONG
What excuses do we normally tell ourselves that prevent us from achieving optimal health?
It’s too hard…but everything that you want in life will be hard and requires hard work. Your health, family, and your body deserve it. Your children’s health is very important and deserves your time. If you want your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to live long and healthy lives, you need to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle now so that you can educate them and pass down the knowledge to other generations.
I don’t have space in my living room to workout, you can work out wherever. Our living room is small. Our family works out there regardless of space constraints.
I don’t have money to join the gym. Who said you needed a gym to work out? Buy a $40 workout DVD and get to work!
I don’t have time, reduce your TV time and make time for you and your family. Your family’s health should be a priority over anything else because what you feed them will affect every aspect of their life. The results are rewarding and it’s what keeps us motivated, but to get there requires a lot of things you don’t want to do. You have to push through. Find a support group or a buddy who will keep you accountable and motivate you to get in shape and healthy.
My kids don’t let me workout, use your kids as motivation not an excuse. Our son joins us in every workout whether it’s for 5, 10 or all 45 minutes and at times he does interrupt us, but it’s ok. Make them a part of your workout session. It’s never perfect, it shouldn’t have to be. Be an example for the youth that’s around you.
I can’t afford to eat healthy. Although some of us may experience financial hardships, I think eating healthy is very possible for a low-income family. Farmers markets in the USA are accepting food stamps and EBT cards nowadays. If you aren’t receiving government assistance and live paycheck-to-paycheck, you can still avoid the GMO foods in the supermarket by simply choosing other brands than the ones you are buying. It’s a matter of reading the labels and eliminating the junk food, cereals, and sugary snacks. This is very possible if you commit to budgeting and choosing the right brands on your next trip to the supermarket.
#3- EDUCATE YOURSELF BECA– USE IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS
For many years now, people have asked me how I stay so focused on my goals and get so much done in one day with such ease. That’s the power of personal development. Throughout the years I’ve read books, listened to audio, attended events, watched dozens of documentaries, and interacted with people that inspire and teach me what I don’t already know. I realized one day that unless I worked on me and changed my beliefs, my life blueprint, my thoughts or my habits, that I wouldn’t be able to get to where I wanted to be. Personal development is all you need to get started. You want to lose weight, watch a documentary that convinces you why you need to change your health like “FedUp” or “Fat, Sick, Nearly Dead.” You need to become more spiritually connected, listen to audio from Wayne Dyer on how to live a peaceful life. You need to work on your money blueprint, read books from Susan Orman or Robert Kiyosaki to learn about money and how to accumulate it.
All of the information you need is right in front of you. You just need to want it bad enough to find it. If you want to better your life, start with changing your mind and changing your health. Wayne Dyer once said, “Change your thoughts, change your life.” Everything I know today I have learned myself through books, audio and documentaries. When you see your progress from personal development, you get obsessed with it. You have to educate yourself and then take massive action. Before you get in your car today to listen to your favorite artist, get on YouTube and look up a topic where you feel you need improvement. Grow your mind, expand your beliefs, and change the outcomes in life.
Now, if you’re looking to change your health, these are the steps I took to get started:
I convinced myself that unhealthy foods were leading me and my family to a path of obesity. These are the documentaries I watched.
- Forks Over Knives
- Hungry For Change
- Fed Up
- Food Matters
- Fat, Sick, Nearly Dead
- Super Juice Me
- The Kids Menu
I spent a lot of time online researching and learning about a plant based diet and living a healthy lifestyle. I followed functional medicine doctors and other health experts for food advice. These are the blogs that gave me a lot of knowledge on food and health.
I started reading books that transformed my views on food and the way it impacts your health. The one book that really had a huge impact on me was The Happy Vegan by Russell Simmons. In reading this book, I realized that I was feeling depressed, unenergetic, and stressed all the time because I was not fueling my body with the right foods and exercises. He did a great job at opening my mind to the possibilities of living happy by simply changing your diet. I learned that food was medicine and unless I changed the foods I consumed, I will always feel like c I call it the FLC syndrome.
Once you learn about healthy foods, diets, and lifestyle you have to take massive action. That’s the key to your journey. After you learn something new, implement it right away.
Remember that knowledge is key. The more you learn about a healthy lifestyle, the more you will be committed to making changes, and the more action you will take. The best part of this all is that you will be on your way to a healthier you. Your hard work will pay off, I promise!
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