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

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

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

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

  1. All points you make are so true. I don't enjoy cooking but I do it 6 nights a week so I can control the ingredients I use. What made it easier for me was to make a meal plan. I have a special Google Calendar labeled meal plan that I share with my husband and I plan 2 to 6 weeks out. It is easy because I can save a link to any recipe I use in the calendar and my husband can see what is for dinner everyday without asking. I have been doing this for 4 years now and it has been a lifesaver. It is easier to make shopping list this way and we have virtually no food waste anymore. Thanks for all your tips, I really enjoy your channel!

  2. The hardest part for me is taking the time to go grocery shopping when I get close to running out of major ingredients. Working 40+ hours a week and going to school full-time as well makes any free-time I have to do it end up being lazing about time. It takes a lot of motivation to work me up to get out and get the groceries I need.

  3. when I was trying to start with balanced diet, I had a major struggle with sweet tooth, but I just managed with a sweet smoothie, or any healthy sweet dish in moderate amount with some dates or raisins. As like amaranth seeds and dates smoothie, it satisfies my cravings and I can stick with my healthy diet style.

  4. I’m new to your channel and this is very helpful. I keep hearing that if you go “off plan” for even that piece of cake it sets you back and can have ill effects for longer than just that 1 day – is that true? I’m trying to go gluten free as I have horrible digestive problems when I have gluten and it’s not easy and I keep going back to gluten foods. Have lots of disease issues so I’m really looking for healthy ways to eat and stay on track!

  5. Number 4 is where I struggled the most: progress, not perfection ..
    Thank-you for this…
    I think I can get rid of my perfectionist attitude now (in eating) …

    Thank-you so much again.. keep up the good videos like that ❤️👍

    love your videos, please do more on making it a lifestyle, not a short term diet! 👏🏼

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  8. Hi Ria, I find your videos very informative and motivating. I have gone from being married with two children to being on my own and needing to make sure I can stay healthy and independent long term. I tend to eat out of boredom and emotionally. Any and all tips would be gratefully appreciated.

  9. Aw I just felt so happy when you said you have 500 subscribers so gratefully. You now have 125k girl, killing it. I am late to the party, just discovered your channel and watching all the videos with a notebook and pen in hand <3

  10. Hi Ria, you speak with so much ease and comfort 👍🏿 you’re tips are always refreshing and new, bc of the way you present it

  11. I agree that we cannot force ourselves to be perfect all the time. Sometimes I ate a piece of cake and that makes me feel that the whole day is not perfect, so I will allow myself to eat more unhealthy food on that day because it is already not perfect. After watching your video I find that probably I should change my mind and try to just enjoy every small slack action I took. That would really be helpful and I hope I could do better in living a healthy life.

  12. My struggle is sugar..i was a cake chocolate ice creater eater before and also junk foods but then i avoided them all coz of my goal to be healthy fit and strong and stick to my work outs and clean eating but there are times i crave so much on foods i needed to avoid haha

  13. My hardest part is that I sometimes have pretty strong impulses that are difficult rot challenge.
    Another one is that I am a recovering sugar addict) I made so much progress on my relationship with sugar, but occasionally I go through periods where staying away can be veery challenging.

  14. I think sometimes can be a genetic factors, for examples, some people drinking, smoking, drug abused, they are not eating healthy, or exercise, poor hygiene, but they still live long lives.

  15. So many practical tips in here. It amazing how much time we actually waste when we take note. Thanks for sharing

  16. Meal prep definitely takes a lot of time. On my new diet journey it was tough for a month. I decided to make my social media life less by leaving most of my groups and shadowing friends. The less I see in the feed that less time I spend on there.

  17. Do you have/could you make a video about healthy and simple breakfasts? Like in your video about sugar reducing you talked about good breakfasts that leave you filled for hours, do you have any tips?

  18. Not to be too pedantic, but it's maybe better to clarify that Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease, rather than just saying diabetes… As a Type 1 diabetic I had no choice in the matter and too many people still ask me if I ate too many sweets!

  19. My main challenge is eating too many sweets. But if I completely cut them out, I'll feel deprived and then I'll binge on them. So I'm trying to allow myself a small treat about once a week, maybe more, and that keeps me from feeling deprived and then binging.

  20. Who the hell is hitting dislikes to this vedio which has a very good content….these are vedios worth spending time on…

  21. You are one of the most positive people I have listened to on YT. With all the negative going back and forth between people pushing their own agendas you are a refreshing source of encouragement, thank you.

  22. I am unable to sleep. And I can't afford fansy green drinks and salads/ food salads I don't understand how to make daily simple green juice for extremely good health and healthy healing and healthy lifestyle. Secondly I never understand when to eat/drink them. I find it so tough..I don't get it. I am 21 and from 7th class I rarely had any good sleeping routine and I once had and I was LITERALLY producing the best version of me but than here I am. I don't understand when to drink green juice and what's the SIMPLEST RECIPE OF IT AND WHEN TO EAT A SIMPLE( RECIPE PLEASE ? I HAVE NO GOOD IDEA) FRUIT SALAD.

  23. I have destroyed myself in sense of of self care and health wise. I was so pretty and now my health it has been destroyed due to alot of tensions and ESPECIALLY no HEALTHY NO PRODUCTIVE LIFESTYLE. My eyes were genetically big and because of all this and crying my eyes have become so small.face bones are visible. I have zero energy.i am still.pretty but not even 1% of what I was. Kindly help me if you can..i just came across your channel helloo I am your new subscriber..I hope I get benefits from your tips. They are amazing each and every single tip is AH-MAZING but I am such a depressed ungrateful lazy ass that I am doing nothing for my life..I am 21 and feels like older or younger when I have to make brain decisions. So immature I am at TIMES. people should you say that we want to see you how YOU WILL LOOK LIKE WHEN YOU BECOME A BRIDE BECAUSE YOU ARE THAT PRETTY AND GORGEOUS MASHAALLAH BARAKALLAH HU but NOW WE NOWW NOWWW. A ANTY CALL ME I LOOK LIKE BANDAR. MY FACE MY HEALTH AND ESPECIALLY ESPECIALLY ESPECIALLY MY BODY MORE THAN MY FACE ALHUMDULILALLAH I STILL HAVE (A BEAUTIFUL FACE BUT NOT SAME AS IT WAS) MY BODY IS CRYING FOR HELP.i am such a confused bipolar person who needs help for improving her health😭😭😭😭😭😭

  24. Can you please talk about diet and fats ( healthy and non healthy. I am confused by the amount of fats that your body needs.

  25. Thank you Ria for this video I am into perfection part and hits me directly. Sometimes its not a happy and true if you stick on perfection. ❤️ New subcriber here

  26. I love your videos!! I'm from Brazil and always that I have time, I come to the YouTube to watch any video yours. You do a great job!! Thank you for help us.

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