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STICKING TO A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE (5 tips to stay on track)

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Do you have trouble sticking to a healthy lifestyle? You know what you need to
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do and have a plan but you can’t seem to stick to it? It’s a rather common problem.
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In this video, I’m going to talk about five things that you could do to set yourself
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up for success, so you can finally live that healthy lifestyle that you envision.
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If you’re interested keep watching. Hello hello! Welcome back to The Whole Happy
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Life. I wanted to say a quick thank you to all the new subscribers! I have 500
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subscribers now! Thank you for supporting the channel – for all your likes and for
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all your comments. It really means a lot to me and I really, really mean it.
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Anyway let’s get started and talk about today’s video. So as a holistic
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nutritionist I see a lot of clients and some of them struggle with sticking to
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the plan and some do really well. And over the years I’ve realized that
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there are some things that people can do to set themselves up for success and in
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this video I want to share those things so that when you start your healthy
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living plan or your healthy lifestyle you can actually stick to it. So let’s
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begin! Okay the first thing and I think this is the most important. If you don’t do
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any of the other tips in this video just do this one. I think will make a huge
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difference! That is to find out what truly motivates you because if you don’t
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have a strong motivating factor, you’re not going to stick to your healthy plan
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for very long. Now let me explain. So by motivating factor I’m not talking
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about something that’s going to motivate you short term. For example, weight loss
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is a motivator for sure, but it’s a short-term motivator. So people are
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motivated until they lose the weight and then they go back to their old ways and
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then they regain the weight in some cases. So what I’m talking about
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is figuring out things that will motivate you long term so that you can
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make those lifestyle changes and really stick to them for the long haul and not
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just for a couple months. I can illustrate this better with an example
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so I had a client who did everything to at T and it was amazing because most
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people can’t follow plans to T and I don’t expect them to either but she was
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really really motivated, so I asked her what’s motivating you what’s keeping you
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going because you’re doing an amazing job. So she had a really interesting
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thing to say – her main motivating factor was not to lose weight it was something
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she was trying to do she was trying to lose weight but that was on her main
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motivation. Her main motiation was to set a good example for her daughter. She
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wanted to become a role model for her daughter. So her daughter could learn
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healthy habits as well and I think that was amazing because it’s such a strong
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motivating factor and something that’s gonna motivate her every single day. So
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even if she falls off the wagon for a couple days she’ll get back on it
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because she has that strong motivating factor. Now obviously that motivating
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factor may not work for you. What works for you may not work for me – we’re all
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different. But I wanted to give you that as an example. Now an example of what
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motivates me is my mother passed away when I was 28. She was only 51 – she had a
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heart attack and it was a result of diabetes and diabetes is a lifestyle
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disease. Obviously it has a genetic component but it’s mainly lifestyle – you
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can prevent diabetes if you take care of yourself.
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So for me – my main motivating factor for becoming a holistic nutritionist and
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taking care of myself is to prevent diabetes. Now what I suggest you do is
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sit down, get a piece of paper and get a pen – brainstorm! Figure out what it is and
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motivates you write everything down. Whatever pops up in your head- there’s no
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wrong motivating factor. Once you’ve written down a couple factors , figure out
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which one really means the most to you and which one is a long term motivating
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factor. And you know what write that down on a post-it note stick it up on your fridge
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or a mirror that you look at every day. It’s a constant reminder as to why
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you’re actually on this healthy plan and why you’re trying to live a healthier
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lifestyle. So number two is time management. So a
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lot of people who come to me as clients they know that they need to eat healthy
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it’s gonna require some cooking , but they can’t seem to find the time. Now I know
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we live very busy lives today it’s not like it used to be but we all have 24
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hours in the day and some people can manage to do a lot more than others and
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I think it comes down to time management, efficiency and you know asking for help
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when you need it. My suggestion is to figure out where you spend your time.
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So for three days write down a time journal – every single hour of yours
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account it . This is going to be a little bit tedious but it’s gonna give you a
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really good picture. When I did this I figured out how much time I was spending
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on social media and on my phone just aimlessly scrolling and you know what
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that is time that you could use for other things for cooking for meal prep
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for exercise for meditation for all the things that you think you don’t have
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time for. Number three – make cooking more enjoyable. So when it comes to healthy
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eating, cooking is usually part of the process because I believe that it’s much
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better to have home-cooked meals. Because no matter how well you try to eat when
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you’re out you really don’t know the ingredients that they’re using and you
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don’t have control over what they’ve put in their food but when you’re cooking at
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home you have a lot more control. But I do understand that not everybody likes
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cooking. I didn’t like cooking when I first started,but you have to realize
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when it comes to long-term health enjoying cooking and making it less of a
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chore goes a really long way. So I have a video on how to make cooking more
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enjoyable. I’m going to link it in the description box below so watch the video
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but the one tip I wanted to share here is to embrace experimentation because
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the more you experiment in the kitchen the more you figure out what you enjoy
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the more you’re going to enjoy cooking
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Number four – let go of perfection! So I can’t count how many times I’ve had
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clients come to me and they start the plan really well and two weeks in
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something happens life happens or they’ve got something going on or
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they’re busy they’ve gone on vacation and they fall off the wagon completely
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and never get back on it because in their mind they need to do the plan
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perfectly. But I don’t agree with that way of looking at health. Health is not
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about being perfect all the time. It’s about doing what you can and doing
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the best. So let’s say you know it’s Friday and you feel like you really need
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a piece of cake enjoy it don’t beat yourself up for it don’t feel like you
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need to punish yourself with an extra workout the next day. You don’t need to
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do that and don’t use that cake on Friday as an excuse to eat poorly on
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Saturday and Sunday so you can start on Monday. Don’t do that. That’s not the way
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to go because that is the perfectionist attitude – oh I didn’t have a perfect
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weekend so you know what I’m just gonna be bad all weekend and then I’m gonna do
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well on Monday. It doesn’t need to be like that. Do your best everyday and when
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you want indulge don’t beat yourself up for it because you are in this for the
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long haul. Not for the short term -for the long haul.
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So strive for progress not perfection!
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Number five – find a buddy now this person is someone who’s gonna help you stay
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accountable. It doesn’t need to be someone who’s doing the healthy eating
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and living plan with you, it just needs to be someone who you’re comfortable
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with and someone who can push you. Talk to your buddy once a week or once in two
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weeks whatever works for you and tell them what your progress is and what
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your setbacks are and see if they can give you some sort of advice or you
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know their opinions on the matter and they can help push you in the right
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direction. I find that when we have someone to talk
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to and someone who will keep us accountable we are more likely to stick
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to a plan as opposed to doing it on our own . So those are the five things! I hope
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you enjoyed the video and learned something new. If you did, give it a
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thumbs up and don’t forget to subscribe. I create videos like this every week and
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before you go and let me know in the comment box below what are some of your
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main struggles when it comes to eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle?
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I’d love to hear from you and you know maybe some of your ideas could become
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topics for videos. Anyway I will see you in the next video. Bye!