5 Tips for Achieving and Maintaining Wellness
April 14th, 2014
Are you ready to change your lifestyle for the better? Are you wanting to take back your health and achieve wellness? Well, I have 5 tips that will help you do just that!
5 Tips for Achieving and Maintaining Wellness
DO: Make wellness a lifelong goal. Just because something makes you lose weight does not mean it is healthy. If that were true, cigarettes and amphetamines would be considered healthy. Understand your goals, and get to the bottom of how and why you became unhealthy in the first place. Your focus should be on eating nutritious foods that will protect you against inflammation and disease, not on counting calories or cutting out fat. If you are overweight, adopt a healthy lifestyle by eating a real whole foods-based diet and staying active. That excess will come off, and your body will reach its appropriate weight.
DON’T: Focus on weight loss.
DO: Prepare. Preparation means the difference between staying on track and unexpectedly getting derailed. Don’t keep processed snack foods in your house. Cut up some fresh fruits and vegetables to keep on hand for convenient grab-and-go snacks, and bring your own food while traveling. Pack a lunch for work to avoid temptation outside your home. Designate cooking days so that you can prepare food for the rest of the week. Once in a while you may have to buy something prepackaged, so educate yourself on the meanings of health claims so that you can make informed decisions about what goes into your body.
DON’T: Rely on convenience foods. If it comes in a package, don’t eat it, even if that package says “gluten free.”
DO: Commit 100% to your new lifestyle. You’ve recognized that you need to make a change, so don’t hesitate. Jump in with both feet, and your body will thank you! Don’t tell yourself that a tiny bite here and there, or that “everything in moderation” is alright. You must identify your personal food sensitivities. These are your absolute no-no foods. Other foods may be alright in moderation. You will know which foods you can and can’t eat, and how often. It’s important to note however that while it may be ok to treat yourself occasionally to some coconut ice cream, there is no 80/20 rule when it comes to gluten and your personal food sensitivities. If you have a gluten sensitivity, you should practice strict adherence to a gluten-free diet.
DON’T: Go halfway, or use the “80/20” rule.
DO: Surround yourself with people who support your goal. Understand your goals, and explain them to others. Let your friends and family know what you are doing, and why you are doing it. Let them hold you accountable. Making a serious lifestyle change can be difficult. It can affect your social life, your activities, and even your familial role. The support of others can be all you need when you’re about to fall off track.
DON’T: Underestimate the importance of support. Your friends and family might not always understand, but do your best to educate them so that they may support you.
DO: Forgive yourself, and get back on track after a slip up. Everyone makes mistakes, and sometimes you won’t adhere perfectly to your new chosen path, even with the best intentions. Perhaps you went out to dinner and accidentally got “glutened.” Maybe you haven’t been drinking enough water, or you’ve let your daily exercise fall by the wayside. Or maybe you went completely off track and overindulged. Whatever the case, it’s important to not get discouraged and overwhelm yourself with feelings of guilt.
DON’T: Give up if you fall off track. This is a lifestyle change–the big picture is important!
Keep your goals in perspective, and don’t rely on gimmicky diets that aren’t sustainable. Most importantly, listen to your body and how it responds to individual foods. Your body is amazing and it will guide you towards health and wellness if you listen.
Now, tell me: what is the biggest “DO” on your wellness journey?
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