How to Make Healthy Lifestyle Changes Stick

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Stress is one of the things that is a common problem for people in general, but has specific problems for those who are overweight.  Depending on the stressor and the lifestyle, it can be cause for eating and not eating alike and both are a detriment of the individual, depending on the circumstances.  Health and good metabolism are based on low stress conditions, combining the feel-good endorphins of exercise, the blood circulation boost, and a relaxed resting state to ensure good digestion.  Thus, working on your lifestyle changes will involve reducing stress levels, as well as healthy eating and increased activity. 

So as part of the self-examination of habits and motivators, individuals that are working toward a healthier lifestyle must determine what causes them to stress out.  Then, they have to carefully examine how situation stress affects their eating habits. 

It isn't a real world expectation that life will be stress free, but it is important that one examines how it works in order to know how to reduce its impact.  Would waking up a few minutes earlier for work give you time for a healthy breakfast instead of going through a drive-thru and stressing out in traffic?  Would moving your scheduled workout to a different time keep a time crunch in check?  Would regimenting meals and snacks during a workday, and taking the time in the evening to prepare healthy meals and snacks, prevent you from missing lunch or making a late-afternoon trip to the vending machine?

Planning ahead to have the right foods ready may seem like a time sucker, but in truth, as it becomes habitual, it will save time, money, and your good health.  Plus, home-cooked meals contain exactly what you put into them. They are easier to fit into the budget and often can be prepared in the time it takes to get to the restaurant, park and wait to be seated.  


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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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