Sunday, July 19, 2015

Routine & Willpower

We all strive to make our lives a little better.  Further, we all know what would we 'should' be doing to make ourselves skinnier, healthier, wealthier and happier.  Why are the good lifestyle changes, which are the most affordable and effective paths to better health, so difficult? Why do some people have such a hard time with temptation?

The short answer is willpower.  If yours is strong, then you can accomplish many things. Unfortunately willpower is a limited resource and it gets tired the more you use it. To keep it strong, you have to find ways to limit its use.  This is the blessing of routine.  Ayurveda teaches that a daily routine is essential for good health.

Routine simplifies your life and allows you to focus on more creative and productive things.  Routine is especially helpful for your food choices.  By having a few go-to meals that you can eat on a consistent basis, you don’t have to think about meals. This strategy helps you conserve your willpower and it helps you turn down any junk food offers throughout the day.

First, organize some nutrient-dense meals on a regular basis, which ensures that your body is getting the nutrition it needs to be healthy and fit. Once you know what it feels like to get consistent, nutritious food, it will become easy to stick with those meals because you know what feels good for your body (instead of eating just because it tastes good or you didn't have time to plan something else).  With focused meals, you need fewer ingredients and a shorter grocery list.  You will find yourself saving more money and spending a lot less time in the grocery store (who doesn't need more money and time?).  A coach can help you get started if it feels overwhelming.

Many people fear they will get bored with 'regular' meals.  This can be avoided by spicing the food with different condiments and sauces or swapping the usual proteins and veggies for different ones  You can also take a time out for a few days or have a designated cheat day.  But overall, you will prefer the time you save and the way you feel great eating nourishing food.

Stay healthy & well,

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