I love it when someone flicks the health switch on their life and is chomping at the bit to make drastic changes to their lifestyle. But it’s important to recognize that making habit changes requires time and patience. I am not the same person I was just a year ago but the healthy changes I’ve been making were possible because they happened gradually and in due order.
Some people thrive on a clean slate and a major overhaul but most people succeed when making one change at a time. While I am continually growing, improving, and learning, I have found that the key to success is being open to new growth while also doing my best to seek it.
An example of this would be my eating and shopping habits. You may recall the photos I posted of my personal kitchen last year. The truth is, I don’t eat anything like that today!
Over the course of a year, a few of the habits I’ve changed are:
- We now eat high-protein Greek yogurt instead of regular
- I scrapped the Larabars that I was using as a post-workout snack (dumb!!) and swapped in a protein powder instead (smart!!)
- We added raw whole milk instead of pasteurized skim milk
- I shop at the Farmer’s Market every week
- We cut out breakfast cereals, even the “healthy” ones
- We switched to steel cut oats instead of regular oatmeal
- We’ve dramatically reduced the grains we were eating
- I discovered the power of Superfoods; like chia, ground flax, and hemp hearts
- I became a smarter vegetarian — adding nutrient-rich plant-based foods (like Nutritional Yeast) into my diet
One thing you won’t find in my kitchen is processed food. I try to follow the 8-Ingredient-Rule: If it has more than 8 ingredients, you probably shouldn’t eat it!
The only thing not shown? A whole lot of fresh fruit! Our countertop is full of it and I can’t wait for berry season to really kick in!