Let’s face it, change ain’t easy. Where are you right now? Not physical location, but emotionally. Where are you? Are you Living the Life You’re Meant to Live? Be honest. Brutally, honest! I have spent most of my adulthood trying to improve my health, lose weight, cook healthier meals and get more exercise. I am sure many of you have done the same.

I failed at most attempts. Here is what I know works for me.

  1. Grab your partner and dosey-doe. (not sure how to spell that) It goes without saying, a family that eats together, eats together. I didn’t give my husband a choice, but because of family suffering with dementia, he decided it was time for a change, as well. I was lucky. If your spouse is not on board with changes, push through and make them anyway. Don’t let others define you. If Paul wasn’t going to change, he would have to make his own meals and we would have to spend more money on different foods for everyone. He didn’t like the sound of that!

2. Make a plan. I didn’t change over night, but I did clean out may pantry in one day. It was a relief, actually. I got organized and as I threw horrible, unhealthy foods in the garbage bags, I felt better. One by one as they went into the trash, I knew I was doing the right thing. Get yourself a calendar or a piece of paper and proclaim the day you will start your new lifestyle. Hint: Make it today!

3. Be prepared. Look, life is hectic for all of us. We are constantly on the go and tempted with all kinds of food packed with sugar, calories and the wrong fat. You want the right fats, by the way. Pack some snacks. Drink plenty of water. You’ll thank yourself and feel like you had a tremendous victory each day. In fact, changing a lifestyle is a lot like practicing sobriety (and maybe this is part of your lifestyle change) . You have to get through each day. At the end of the day, pat yourself on the back if you refused that brownie at the party, ate salad instead of fried chicken, stuck to sparkling water with lime, instead of soda. Those little changes make a huge impact and will build you up for success instead of failures.

4. Know that “will power” is a choice. You have the ability to make the right decisions for yourself. If the temptation is just too much for you to hang out with friends who are not changing to a healthier lifestyle, don’t hang out with them for a while. Once you can strong enough, can stay emotional strong and learn how to substitute foods and drink, then venture back over to the wild side. Your friends should see a change and respect you for it. If they don’t, time for new friends!

5. Look at food and eating differently than you ever have before. We need food to live, nourish our bodies and help us sustain life. We don’t need food to taste good, make us feel stuffed like a cream puff, satiate our appetite or console a sad mood. Thankfully, we can eat fantastic tasting healthy food that won’t give us gas, diarrhea, constipation, acne, weight gain, inflammation, cancer, and other health issues. If you consider food as medicine, we should consider the side effects just like the pamphlet that comes with medication and what is stated on pharmaceutical commercials. We wouldn’t eat 95% of the foods we eat, if we really understood their long lasting side effects.

Congratulations on taking charge and control of your life! You’re not meant to live with aches, pains, health issues and laying in bed all day. I am here to help you every step of the way. Join me on Facebook and Instagram. Follow my journey along with yours. I also have a secret group on Facebook, so if you’re interested in joining us there, send me a message.

Cheers to good health! Live the Life You’re Meant to Live!

~Allana

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