I have consulted with many clients over the years for a multitude of issues/goals such as; healthy eating, weight loss, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and eating disorders and I have come to the conclusion that a few simple strategies would be very helpful across the board when working on changing an eating lifestyle.
1. Keep it Simple
Consume the majority of the foods from whole plant-based foods (fruits, vegetables, brown rice, quinoa, lentils, chickpeas, etc) with minimal or no refined/processed foods and minimal or no animal products. Choose foods with as few ingredients as possible. For example: choose Triscuits over Wheat Thins. Triscuits has 3-4 ingredients, Wheat Thins has 10 plus. Hands down Triscuits is the better choice!
2. Allow Flexibility
Allow yourself to have fun with food. Utilize the whole plant-based diet as a foundation, but enjoy the foods you love periodically . Your favorite foods will taste awesome, especially if you have them every once in a while versus frequently.
3. Be Mindful
Notice how you feel before, during and after eating. Do you have more or less energy after eating an apple versus a donut? Are you physically hungry or full before eating? With increase awareness of how you feel when and what you eat, you will be empowered to make choices that lead you to being the best you.
4. Practice the Art of Choice
What and how you eat is a personal choice. Take responsibility for your food choices. If you choose to have a donut and frappuccino for breakfast accept it, enjoy and understand it a personal choice. If you choose to have steel-cut oatmeal with almond milk, walnuts and green tea instead, it is a choice on your part. Practice the art of being aware of the choices you make throughout the day. Change starts by taking responsibility for your choices, acceptance of what is and the willingness to want to change.
5. Practice the Law of Attraction
What we focus on is what we get more of. If you focus on the extra pounds and how tired you are , you will feel more tired and struggle to lose those pounds. Visualize how you want to feel, look, eat and act as if it has already happened. You will attract more of what you want naturally. Click here to check out Wikipedia’s definition of the : Law of Attraction
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