The next time someone approaches you with a request - any request - press pause before saying yes. Why? Because you don't have to do it all. Really, you don't. And whenever we say yes to one commitment, we automatically say no to others that may be as or more important. We can't do it all. So we must press our internal pause button and fully consider an offer before we say yes … [Read more...] about Step 15: Press Pause Before Saying Yes
It is possible to eat healthy without breaking the bank. But it takes some research, planning ahead, and perhaps a mindset shift. Here are a few places to start: Eat whole foods. Unprocessed foods are cheaper and more nutritious than processed ones. Avoid food from a box. Simple ingredients can make easy and delicious home-cooked meals. Get your protein from good sources. Tuna in spring … [Read more...] about Step 8: Eat Healthy Without Breaking the Bank
Do your health vision and goals stay in the rear-view mirror when you leave home in search of some rest and relaxation? It’s easy to step away from our healthy habits when traveling. Our routines get disrupted, leading us to feel out of control. And once we've had a little too much __(insert tempting food and beverage here) __ or stopped exercising, it may be tempting to let other habits … [Read more...] about Traveling? Pack Your Healthy Habits for the Trip
Once you've determined your health vision and set some goals around it, it's time to set yourself up for success. Yesterday's step focused on creating a healthy-living "echo chamber" to help keep our minds focused on healthy habits. Next step: Pay attention to how our home and work spaces serve us. I've found that we must prep our environment so that it supports our efforts. So what's … [Read more...] about Step 3: Prep Your Environment for Success
We tend to surround ourselves with opinions and ideas that reinforce our own. This happens particularly around politics and social issues, in our modern media age. Living in the echo chamber, they call it. That insulated place can give us a false sense of reality. But when creating new habits and neural pathways, an insulated place also can serve us well. We can create an echo chamber of … [Read more...] about Step 2: Create an Echo Chamber of Healthy Living
If you've got a soda habit you can't kick, try crowding it out. It can feel overwhelming, depressing, and impossible to think about giving up your favorite soft drink altogether. So start with a smaller change. Add different, healthier beverages to your routine. And find some new-to-you beverages that nourish your body, leave you feeling better, and reduce the number of times you reach for the … [Read more...] about Got a Soda Habit You Can’t Kick?