Most people know how to make the right choices, but have trouble implementing that change. What is holding you back from being the best version of yourself? Habits are a comfort. It is very easy to get stuck in a routine and pattern – especially if you have been doing it over and over again for years. If you are ready to change here are some steps to help:
- Write down your bad habits, how they make you feel, why you want to change and then put it on your mirror or fridge.
- Replace your unproductive habits and patterns with new positive ones.
- If you give into your habit, write down how it makes you feel afterwards. The next time you are tempted to give into your unproductive pattern force yourself to read the note first.
- Be realistic and do not try to do everything all at once. Change is very hard, especially when patterns are deeply engrained. Choose one small goal to focus on that seems manageable.
- Be consistent and slowly you will see that everything will get easier the more you stick to your goal. Whether it’s having a goal to go to the market on Sunday so you have healthy food for the week, or having three cups of coffee instead of four. Everything counts – be proud of your work.
- Be aware of your environment, bad habit “triggers” and enlist someone to hold you accountable if you feel it is necessary.
- It’s okay to stumble and frankly you should at first. No one is perfect, and perfection is not realistic. It is important to not give up every time you make a mistake or give into an old habit. At least you are being proactive and trying to make a change. That should be your focus. You are human, not a robot who can automatically change with the hit of a switch.
We all have bad habits (including myself). We all have an urge to give into quick fix solutions to satisfy immediate needs. This is human nature. Recognize your bad habits, why they are holding you back and replace them with positive ones. From over doing it on coffee, to ordering takeout every day at lunch and hitting snooze instead of waking up thirty minutes early to get a sweat session in. Taking care of yourself (mentally and physically) is the best tool for success professionally and in your personal life. The more you practice positive habits, the easier they will get.
You can find more of my simple tips recently published in The Huffington Post. Everything boils down to daily patterns, habits and small, consistent changes over time.
Remember to have compassion for yourself, always.
More information about my Custom Programs can be found here.
*A cause that is very dear to my heart is the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. I have formed a team in honor of my grandmother, Dr. Lailee Bakhtiar, who passed away after a 21 year battle with the disease. I invite everyone in the greater Los Angeles area to join me April 17th for the 2016 MS Walk. It is free to join. You can sign up and learn more about my team here.
The time has come to get your glow on! Once you start eating better, you start feeling better. Try munching on these satisfying spring bites and eat your way to radiance:
- The Zesty Lemon Avocado Mash: One of my favorite stress reducing spring bites that I always suggest to clients is my zesty lemon avocado mash. The perfect 3pm pick me up. Mash up ½ of a medium avocado (the ideal snack size), add a dash of sea salt and freshly squeezed lemon. If you are on the run or at work simply do a little planning in advance. Just like any muscle, the more you practice planning the easier it gets. First and foremost, the myth that fat is bad drives me crazy. Avocados are packed with heart healthy monounsaturated fats. These fats have been proven to reduce stress as well as increase post-meal satisfaction levels. Moreover, avocados contain plant protein to keep you more full for a longer amount of time, give you lasting energy and curb unhealthy junk food cravings. Adding the lemon will help reduce stomach bloating (for more de-bloating tips check out my old piece here), strengthen immunity and help clear up blemishes due to the high vitamin C content (for more skin clearing snacks check out my recent TV appearance here.) Lemon also will prevent this splendid spring bite from turning brown if you are at work. If you are craving a crunchy munch instead of a mash try dipping in some freshly sliced red bell peppers which are huge immune system boosters and loaded with skin clearing vitamin C.
- My Sweet Cinnamon Apple Almond Butter Sandwich: Spread ½ tablespoon of almond butter over two thick apple slices (I love Pink Lady apples). Add cinnamon and nutmeg to the almond butter before spreading. It is very easy to go almond butter crazy; keep your portions in check to make this a smart snack. If you know that the jar will be gone in five minutes try another snack – everyone is different. Apples are one of my favorite healthy carbohydrates and are packed with fiber, keeping you full and satisfied for a longer amount of time. Not to mention the combination of different vitamins in apples is great for banishing blemishes. Pairing an apple with almond butter will keep your blood sugar levels stable, which will reduce your cravings for junk food. Cinnamon and nutmeg are two of my favorite slimming spices because they are both natural metabolism boosters and increase your post-meal satisfaction levels. Have a sweet tooth? You can check out my healthy dark chocolate version of the snack here or my feel good dark chocolate shake recipe here.
- The Get Gorgeous Baked Spice Grapefruit: Sprinkle half of a medium grapefruit with cinnamon, nutmeg and 1/2 tablespoon of stevia (an all-natural sweetener that does not spike your blood sugar levels). Bake for five minutes at 375 F until the top is a golden brown. If you are on the run or at work, you can enjoy this divine delight without baking it. Grapefruit is a great source of vitamin C and vitamin A, two vitamins that have been proven to contribute to clear skin, a more even complexion, and a reduction in those pesky dark circles under your eyes. Moreover, grapefruit contains an enzyme that aids in burning fat. It is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up when you are losing focus and hanger (hunger-anger) starts to kick in.
- My Chunky Pineapple Cream Cup: Combine 1/2 cup of plain non-fat Greek Yogurt (I love Chobani), 1/2 cup of pineapple and 1 tablespoon of stevia. Pineapples contain specific enzymes that improve skin hydration, decrease fine lines and give you an overall smoother complexion. These enzymes also help fight off damaging free radicals that contribute to aging. The protein in the Greek yogurt will make this a smart snack because it will keep you more full for a longer amount of time (not to mention, give it a richer creamier taste). The healthy carbohydrates from the fruit will keep you energized until your next meal (for another healthy parfait option check out my recipe rehab pumpkin parfait video here).
Get creative. If the concept of putting together a smart snack is overwhelming find simple options that work for you in your life. Nourish yourself from the inside out and be selfish. Find time to make your health a priority. My recipes also were featured in Sweet Lemon Magazine here. Focus on progress – not perfection.
Connect with me for health tools, inspiration & easy recipes:
FACEBOOK ~ TWITTER ~ YOUTUBE ~ NEWSLETTER