The first thing I do with my clients is have them write down their BIG WHY. Why do they want this time to be the time they figure out their lifestyle change for the better, long term? Why do they want to be healthy now? Are they desperate or scared enough to make changes, whether in behavior, words, or reorganization of their physical surroundings? Successful outcomes take work.
Then we tape that BIG WHY to the cupboard or pantry where they go to on a daily basis to make meals for themselves or for their families. They can see their BIG WHY daily and be reminded of the goal, as well as the deep reasons behind the goal.
I focus on the pantry or dry good cupboards.The pantry is sifted through by my clients, with me as their cheerleader. I'm their life and wellness coach, but I don't do it for them. I show them how to remove the packaged and processed fake foods from the home and how to place the healthy items front and center. Junk foods, sugary cereals and breads, crackers, pasta, etc., will be donated to charity, go on the highest or bottom shelf so it isn't in easy eyesight. If they want to donate it to charity, great. If the other family members still eat processed foods, then they can still stay on the shelves, just not where the person shifting to a healthier lifestyle is going to feel pulled into cravings.
Cravings are real. Real food is attainable. Both are real. That's real talk. How we shift is important. We can shift by reaching for water first. For me that's my number one tip. When I drink water with lemon or cucumbers, I can identify whether I am truly hungry or just socially and emotionally hungry. Water works!
If you are truly in need of fuel, then I suggest going to the middle shelves of the pantry. Stock up on raw nut and seed butters from the middle shelf and spread on veggie or fruit slices. The middle shelf should have some extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar to easily take and put on a salad or chopped veggies.
I place dried and roasted Nori sheets as well as salted and roasted seaweed on my middle shelves for a crunchy snack that is helpful when trying to lose fat and feel full.
My protein bars and cans of already prepared protein shakes are ready to go in my purse or backpack when they are within arm's reach in my pantry.
Homemade kale chips, seed bars, dried fruits & veggies, and jerky of all flesh proteins made without added sugars are a good source of fast and healthful fuel when trying to feel good and honor the long term goals.
I hope this helps. I want to hear from you!
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