Today turns a new page in your journey toward a healthier you. It takes time, it takes commitment and it takes practice. But building a healthier you will happen by taking one step at a time. Just like when you learned to ride a bike, or sew an apron, or when you learn a new game or a new song for an audition! When you make the commitment, and practice every day, you will get stronger and you will see the results; and yes, it will get easier and more enjoyable.
I know you many of you made huge gains in 2014! I am so proud of you! So be sure to take the time to acknowledge all of your wonderful accomplishments.
Maybe you’ve started having a healthy breakfast like a green smoothie or a bowl of oatmeal with fruit instead of a cup of coffee and a piece of toast. So now start investigating new sources of protein for lunch or dinner like switching out the protein in meat, that contains saturated fat and cholesterol, with the protein in beans, that contains fiber and phytochemicals.
Maybe you’ve started having a large salad every day as a main meal. So now start investigating all the wonderful cooked, leafy greens out there you can add to your meals like kale, chard, bok choy and broccoli rabe. I love finding something new to try from the local farmer market.
Maybe you’ve been eating less processed foods. So now start replacing sugary foods in your diet with fresh fruits. There’s nothing like finding a fun, new fruit.
Maybe you’ve started walking 30 minutes three or four or days a week. So now start investigating a stretching or yoga class that will help with your flexibility, strength and posture. I’m joining a yoga class!
Maybe you’ve started reading up on nutrition. I’ve discovered that knowledge, not my willpower, helps me make the best food and lifestyle choices.
Of course, all of this doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time for things to become an automatic part of your daily routine. Soon you’ll prefer making more good choices. Walking to work instead of driving the car. When running errands, parking farther and farther away from the store. Reaching for foods that promote superior health instead of food that satisfies a toxic hunger. It will soon take less effort, and it will soon become automatic.
2015 is in our hands to be a great year for taking the next step toward a healthier you!