Lifestyle Changes Can Be Easier Than You Think


Outline of Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle change is the pursuit of quality of life more than anything else.  It is a process, and not one of those things to be dived into without thought, but one to ease oneself into.  It is easy to get overwhelmed if overhauling a whole life is the method of choice.  In order to not fail as a result of trying to do too much, a slower and simpler process, and a more gradual shift in how things go on a day-to-day basis, is the best way to go for most people.

Losing weight is as much a psychological process as it is a caloric intake issue.  Even though it is a simple change, often a simple shift, such as a change in the beverage of choice, can make a dramatic difference.  Another thing that can help is simply changing the size of the plate that the family dinner is served on.  Simple changes slowly build up to make a dramatic changes, and as they become habitual, they will become an established lifestyle change. Those who are trying to attain weight loss and improve health for the long term should build a timetable and just work on sticking to it.

The first small thing that can help implement a shift in lifestyle is to add foods.  There are hosts of negative feelings attached to withholding something from oneself, but adding foods is a whole different way of looking at things.  Adding something that is healthy, but really delicious, is a great way to approach this important change.  Little luxuries are a good example of this.  Adding dried fruits such as cherries, an exotic fresh fruit, a tasty vegetable, or a more premium nut choice like pistachios can make the change a treat while adding significant nutritional value.  Replacing a snack like potato chips can make the experience something to savor, and gets the empty calories off your plate in the same step.   

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MRC of Vancouver started me going in my attempt to loose 30 years of weight gain!! I have been using their program for about 18 months and have actually lost 30 pounds. I have changed the way I eat. I've learned what foods are best for ME. By analyzing my DNA and hormones, they helped me learn to eat what was right for me. I have "tweeked" my purchases and preparation of food to make eating healthy and still fun for me. I eat lots of veggies and salads and include a healthy diet of protein. These are very satisfying. Do I "cheat" now and then? Yes, but I don't like how I feel after eating sugar and lots of carbs so I return to my good foods quickly and continue to see my weight drop. I walk my little dog four times a day and have a part-time job that allows me a lot of movement. I feel so healthy and wonderful. It's easy to continue to eat and live a more healthy lifestyle! When I confessed about eating the wrong "foods", the gals simply encouraged me and gave me fresh ideas to satisfy my taste buds. I always felt I could be honest during my consultations with no fear of being lectured! I plan to continue until I reach my desired weight. I expect to reach my goal by 2017. After I reach my weight goal, I plan to remain in good health with my new found healthy way of eating the calories I need to maintain my proper weight. My Dr. is very pleased at my progress. She wondered how I have lost 30 pounds.

— Diane P. Heesch Nims-Smith

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