Are You Ready For Change?

Are you ready for change?

Its a serious question.  Maybe you are.  Maybe you aren’t.  Maybe you’re just somewhere in the middle, teetering on the fence

Change is scary! For the majority of the population change is a very scary thought. As humans we get comfortable with where we are and our routines. We know what to do, where to go, what to expect. Unfortunately, that comes with the outcomes of said routines. We know what to expect.

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

Well what does that mean to you? To me, it means when we stay to our known paths and when we stick to what we have always done, we can only reasonably expect to have the same results that we have always been seeing. In order, to see change we have to create change in our routines.

So lets ask this, if you ask for change in your results and you ask for change in your health and body, Are you truly ready for that change? Are you able to accept the changes in your eating habits? Are you prepared for the changes in your workout and your routine?

It can be a very scary thing to actually face the changes you need to make and accept them. However, we also are able to adapt, we become accustom to these changes and it now becomes the norm for us. Be prepared and know that you are worth the changes you need to make. Only by committing yourself and jumping in with an open mind are you able succeed with these new changes.

Kick the Cravings

Kick the Cravings!

Oh man I could really go for ___________ .
The other day I have such a craving for________ . Every night __________ is calling my name. Insert the blanks with your go-to craving food. We all have one and 90% of the time those foods aren’t in line with our goals. So what do these cravings mean and how can we kick those cravings?
Cravings can usually mean one of two things. The first being, our brains want us to stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain to release dopamine (as discussed a few weeks back with sugar) this can either be do to stress, boredom or addiction to sugars or fats.
The other reason we craving certain foods is due to their chemical makeup or something missing in your diet. This chart below is a great guide to ditching the bag of potato chips and picking up some cashews instead. Make healthier choices to satisfy your mental cravings.

Now you have a great way to start kicking those cravings, but here’s a few tips to get you buy until you can find your healthy substitute.
•Instead of feeding your emotional cravings, do one thing that will de-stress you when you feel you need that comfort. Cutting out the stress will cut out the craving.
•Keep the junk out of the house. If you know there is a half gallon of your favorite ice cream sitting in your kitchen you are more likely to not only feed your craving but over feed it. Out of sight out of mind.
•Don’t allow yourself to get too hungry. If you let yourself get hungry, it’s more likely that the craving will win. If you feel hungry go eat! Don’t put it off because you aren’t ‘due for a meal’ your body is telling you to eat and your brain is telling you to make poor choices. Get ahead of the problem.
•Start a craving journal. Note the time of day, type of craving, emotions you felt when the craving came on and how you fought it. Take note and see if there is a pattern forming and try to find a way to eliminate that cause.
•Drink more water. Your body can’t tell you if you are hungry or dehydrated, when you have a craving, go drink a large glass of water and see how you feel after.
There are your tools, go forth and combat these cravings. No more excuses on your journey, it’s you against yourself. Don’t allow cravings to derail your progress.