What is your vision for your health?

 

Do you want to resist disease?  Prevent a heart attack or stroke?  Do you want to lose weight and keep it off? Do you need more energy?  Do you want to be able to exercise more, or keep up with your kids or grandkids?

Do you want to have less indigestion, headaches, back pain, joint pain?

Do you want to sleep better?  Do you want to better cope with stress?

Do you want to increase your libido?  Feel more attractive?

 

I recently had a new client answer “yes” to all of these questions.  In fact, most of us would!

 

A plant-based diet lifestyle has the biggest impact on realizing these health and wellness goals.  It’s the one thing we can do to help us achieve “yes” to all of the above questions.

 

Goals motivate us to achieve something great.  But, when we only have ourselves to hold us accountable to our goal, we often fail to achieve it.

 

The most effective tool in realizing our health and wellness goals is a strong support system.  Weight loss programs that are the most effective are those that include coaching and peer support.  The same goes for making changes in our diet.  We need the support from our friends and family, and we need those same people to help hold us accountable to our goals.

 

The biggest challenges to transitioning to a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle is a lack of support.  Very few people make the transition completely on their own.  Social pressure is enormous.  We live in a culture today that promotes comfort and pleasure.  However, we are accepting short term pleasure for long term pain. 

 

Even our closest friends and family can show lack of support when we first tell them about our decision to transition to a plant-based diet.  Don’t let them pressure you into indulging in foods you know will negatively impact your health. 

 

Here are my tips for cultivating your support system:

First, explain your motivations for making dietary changes.  Keep it positive and uplifting, and make it sound exciting!  If you’ve already seen some positive results than talk about those and what contributed to them.

 

Second, talk about some of the obstacles you believe will prevent you from achieving your goals.  Explain what you need in order to help overcome these pitfalls.

 

Third, ask for their support in helping you to reach your goals.  For example: “This change will be difficult without your support.”  Or, “Please congratulate me when you see me making healthy food choices like having a big salad for lunch.”

 

When we include our friends and family in our goal attainment we are no longer isolated.  When people understand why we’re making the choices we are, they are more likely to support us.  When they know that they play a critical role in our success, they are more likely to do things that will help us, not hinder us.

 

Food is a social thing.  In order to not sabotage our achievements we need to ensure our friends and family understand why we’re making the food choices we are.  Don’t squander your health by not cultivating a support system.  Go find your advocates now!  Know that you’ll always have me.  I want you to be vibrantly healthy and am looking forward to sharing in your success! 

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