8 Steps Towards Lifelong Health and A “No-More-Diet” Challenge
Forget the word “diet”. That is your first challenge for 2012! I am officially declaring it a four-letter word.
That “D” word just shouts short-term success.
Let’s make long-term changes to our bodies, our lifestyles, and our mental and physical health…and let’s STICK TO THEM!
So. Forget about that naughty word. Instead set small, easily achievable goals that will be simple to stick to. Start small and build on them.
And most importantly, DO NOT try to fit them all into the month of January. Make small changes each week/month. Pretty soon, your new changes will feel like a normal part of your everyday life and will place you on the path towards a LIFETIME of good health…not just in January.
Here are 7 Great Goals to get you started:
1. Look for Community Supported Agriculture offerings in your area. Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op is one that we use and is offered in a number of states. This will encourage you to cook “outside the box”. It will spur you to get creative with your greens and vegetables. Plan your weekly meals around what shows up in your weekly offerings. By going grocery shopping after I pick up my box, I have started saving up to $100/month on my grocery bill.
2. Make a realistic menu-plan EVERY WEEK and then stick to it. If you are doing #1 above, do this after you get your produce box. Include breakfasts, snacks, lunches, and dinners in your menu-plan. Create your grocery list based on your plan and shop only for those ingredients. Post your plan where you can see it every day. I am making this fun menu board for my wall this year.
3. Start focusing on the health of your gut – a crucial step to improving your health. Begin slowly by following some of the steps to heal the gut.
4. Make your own bone broths (if Vegan/Vegetarian use this recipe but use only the vegetables). The health benefits are bountiful and it is one of the simplest steps you can take towards health. Then…add it to everything.
5. Attempt to add 3 raw foods into your meals or snacks each day. Raw foods are living foods full of beneficial enzymes and probiotics. Check out this list of 10 beneficial Raw Foods to get you started.
6. Sip 2 teaspoons of Raw, Organic, Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (with the “Mother” still in it) mixed with water each day. There are endless health benefits of raw Apple Cider Vinegar that still contains the”Mother”.
7. Try to grow some of your own vegetables and/or herbs. There are a plethora of ways to do this regardless of your garden size, climate, and gardening abilities. There is nothing more satisfying than being able to eat something right from the garden that you grew! And guess what? YOU CAN DO IT. This is what I did and I have a black thumb.
8. Create a Vision Board of what you want to accomplish this year and put some of these goals on it. Then look at it. Every. Day.
Okay. I am challenging you to do at least ONE of these steps this week. Which one are you going to start with? You can even start with that first challenge of eliminating the word “Diet” from your Vocabulary!
Kim Maes is the creator of the Cook It Allergy Free iPhone and iPad Apps, which customize recipes to meet multiple food allergy needs. She also writes the recipe blog Cook It Allergy Free, where she shares her passion for teaching others how easy and delicious it can be to eat whole, pure allergy-friendly meals that the entire family will enjoy. Kim went back to receive a Master’s Degree in Holistic Nutrition after her son and her husband were diagnosed with Celiac Disease and other food sensitivities.