Three Changes To Focus On When Chasing Health Goals
Changing your habits, like developing a fitness routine or eating healthier foods can be both overwhelming and frustrating. While some people believe you should just do there are other aspects to focus on in order to make lasting alterations.
Today's post comes to us from Martina, a Holistic Nutritionist here in Ontario, Canada. As a rule, holistic nutritionists attempt to look at the body as a whole and the changes you can make to various systems and not just one program.
So instead of just telling you to “eat more veggies”, Martina aims to balance the body and all it encompasses. Below are three changes she believes everyone could use in their lifestyle.
“Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen.” – Jack Lalanne
Exercise and Nutrition, to founding components of a healthy lifestyle. In order to have a successful change in your body, you can't have one without the other. If you are on the journey towards healthy success, you are in for an entire lifestyle change. So, you have to be ready!
If you're currently striving for better health, start by giving yourself a huge pat on the back! Embarking on a journey to the best version of you is a challenging but rewarding one. A warning ahead: It can be a tough time. This process will challenge you mind, body and spirit as you make changes and focus on YOU.
As you begin to make changes to your habits, tread slowly. Altering our knee-jerk reaction can be tricky and making long term alterations doesn't come easy. Below are three areas you should focus on daily (or weekly) in order to make your health changes lasting ones.
Change #1 Treat Your Body As A Temple
Our bodies literally are the only one we have! Take some time to really connect with your body. What do you notice about your feelings toward yourself and your body? How will this program change that? I recommend starting with just sixty seconds of quiet time each day. Not necessarily meditation just taking note of your body, your feelings and if the path you're on is beneficial for those aspects.
Change #2 Access Your Support Systems
Whether it’s your trainer, nutritionist, family members or friends, or coworkers, use your resources for support! Let them know you are going to be making a lifestyle change that is important for you. This will take some pressure off you as you make positive changes in your diet and lifestyle.
Having someone to rant to, bounce ideas off of and share successes with it crucial to your long term goals, never underestimate the power of your social circles.
Find What Works For You On This Journey
Everyone is unique and thus everyone's path towards their goals may be slightly different. Find a schedule, routine, or meal-prep time that works for you. This may take time over the couple weeks as you fine-tune your schedule, but this is something only you can figure out. Trial and error before you set anything in stone. Whatever system you chose, make sure it fits into your day to day lifestyle and doesn't cause more stress.
Don't Forget To Pin These Tips For Achieving Health Goals
Goals should be challenging, but realistic. Think about changes you can actually make that won’t set you up for failure. A good goal setting technique is to think about three things you are able to let go of that will not serve you anymore on this journey. Then, think of three things you are committed to either keeping or adding into your schedule that will help you achieve your goals.
Remember to express gratitude each day for this journey and the experiences that come up.
Martina Biljan H.Ba, RYT, RHN Registered Yoga Teacher and Holistic Nutritionist
I first began my journey of mind-body connection through the practice of yoga. From this practice, I came to understand that we all crave movement and expression of the body, no matter our physical state. This I believe you can accomplish by surrendering to the unknown all while still having fun.
It was through my private yoga clients that I began to see the value in nourishing the body not only through movement, but also with proper nutrition. I was inspired by the changes I saw in my clients who had began a healthy relationship with their body and the food they put into it. Not only were the physical transformations inspiring, but the mental evolution and balance I saw was truly something else. It was then that I was inspired to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.