Sometimes keeping up with a healthy diet can seem like a full time job, so what happens if you have an actual full-time job or if you are a full-time student? Let me tell you…it’s not time to disregard your health, but you don’t need to spread yourself thin either! I will be the first and last to say that, although it does take work, establishing healthy habits can make all the difference.
Starting a new exercise or diet program can be thrilling. Enthusiasm is usually high and motivation is even higher with a clear goal in view. All too often, that motivation diminishes with time, the goal seems farther away than ever, and consequently you rely more on willpower than that original fire that got you going. Willpower however, only gets you so far, because each time you will yourself to do something you don’t really want to do, it seems more like torture (no thanks). That’s where habits come in. A majority of our actions are dictated by our subconscious, essentially an autopilot that allows us to do daily things without thinking too much about them. Once a new habit is established it becomes easy to do, motivation and willpower are no longer required!
Here are some tips for creating habits
Start small…dreaming big is great and all, but when it comes down to it being realistic is essential to success, at least when it comes to making a big lifestyle change! If you are used to eating packaged foods for every meal try swapping one of those out for a fresh one. If you don’t exercise start by walking for 15 minutes a day. Jumping into too much too fast can be shocking and end up setting you back. Setting small goals also tricks your brain (which doesn’t love change) into being in control.
Use cues…cues or triggers are things that remind us of what we want ourselves to accomplish. If you want to workout every morning, lay out your clothes and shoes before your head hits the pillow. Seeing them waiting for you in the morning will remind you of you goal.
which leads to….
Be an early bird….I find that if I put off working out to later in the day, more often than not, it just doesn’t happen (whether it’s because something comes up or I am just too damn tired from the day). Committing to working out right when I wake up, before I even eat breakfast, ensures that excuses don’t get in the way. You will also reap the benefits of exercise the whole day, including a metabolic boost!
Have fun with it….this is self-explanatory but switch it up, love your routine, and have fun!
and last but not least…
commit…sometimes when I skip something I have committed to just once, it ends up being a rolling ball. I usually begin to think well i skipped once, so what’s one more. When that kind of thinking continues you can lose your path without even knowing it! If you have realistic goals STICK TO THEM! Try not to break them for as long as you possibly can, pretty soon you won’t ever want to!
There it is folks, my tips for creating habits and losing the “I just can’t do this anymore” attitude!
Nowwww it’s time for another recipe. This one makes for a delicious dinner or lunch, and is something I thought up during my late afternoon class. I was seriously craving some Thai food and decided I was going to try to satisfy that the healthy way!
Roasted Thai Cauliflower
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
Garlic Oil Peanut Sauce
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter (unsalted/all-natural)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp toasted sesame seed oil
2 tbs low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp organic honey
3 scallions, chopped
1 tbsp peanuts, chopped
Preheat your oven to around 400 degrees. Cut your cauliflower into florets, place on baking sheet and drizzle with melted coconut oil. Season with ginger, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Toss with you hands and roast in the oven for about 15 minutes. I usually check mine half way and toss them around with a wooden spoon. While the cauliflower is roasting, start making your peanut sauce. place the peanut butter, sesame oil, soy sauce, and honey in a small bowl. Stir until combined. Place a small pan over medium heat and add the EVOO. Mince your garlic and add to the pan stirring until the garlic begins to brown. Add the garlic bits and oil into the bowl and stir again. Remove the cauliflower, toss with sauce, top with scallions and peanuts and enjoy!