A fundamental part of successful weight loss, being healthy, and sustaining a healthy body weight is creating the right environment. Context is everything. Statistics show that those trying to quit smoking are more likely to have success if they surround themselves with non-smokers.
So, let’s look at all the layers that make up our environment; the concentric layers that reach from the internal experience to external circumstances.
Let’s take a closer look at our home setting. Are there any foods in our fridge, cupboards, and pantry that aren’t conducive to our new healthy eating goals? Sweets, flour products, sugar-laden beverages, or processed foods? Can we get rid of them? Do you have family members or roommates that eat food that tempt you? Perhaps they would agree to store their food in a place where you won’t readily see it while preparing your meals. “Out of sight, out of mind,” as they say.
Now, let’s look at your broader footprint. Are there stores you regularly visit that weaken your resolve? For instance, do you visit your favorite bakery for a second cup of morning coffee where tempting baked goods abound? Perhaps, you can avoid that bakery and bring a cup from home. Similarly, do you go to the same sandwich shop for lunch every day? Can you shift your daily routine to include making your own whole food lunch to go?
And lastly, how is your own mental health and sense of serenity? However you might answer that question, consider a daily mediation or prayer practice for any amount of time. Even five minutes and working up to thirty minutes daily can root you in a state of focus, purposefulness, and serenity; all essential states of mind when endeavoring on the rocky road of a health journey.
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