You’ll Never Lose Motivation To Stay Healthy If You Embrace This One Mindset Change

You lack motivation to kick-start all your healthy plans even though you know the ways. Perhaps, you’ve tried few of them, but you failed and can’t persist.

If this is your case, spend 4 minutes to take a look on this article. It will teach you practical ways to stay in the healthy game consistently and never lose motivation again.

Why and how to develop a growth mindset when it comes to your health

Recently I read the book Mindset by Carol S. Dweck and it really stuck with me.

The book is basically about two mindsets:

the growth mindset and the fixed mindset.

Who better to explain them than Carol herself:

In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.

What has this to do with your health?

As the title already suggested developing a growth mindset will be beneficial for your health.

Let me explain.

There seems to be some thinking that health is only reserved for a few “lucky” people, with the right genes and the right environment when growing up.

I’ve heard it so many times:

  • “I can’t lose weight, because of my genes.”
  • “I was overweight as child, I can’t get to a normal weight now.”
  • “Not eating junk food is so hard.”
  • “I just can’t go to bed when I’m supposed to”
  • “I can’t exercising…”
  • etc., etc., etc.,

Well, that’s all BS. (I admit it, there might be some rare exceptions)

That’s your fixed mindset telling you:

”Look at you. You couldn’t stay slim/fit until now, you lack the ability to lose weight and you will never learn it”

Here’s the thing, BS as well. Don’t believe this

Every single one of you is able to get healthy, either by losing weight, eating quality food, exercising or sleeping enough.

Don’t let your fixed mindset tell you that you can’t do this.

Develop a growth mindset. Every single day think about what you can do to upgrade your health. Focus on the process not on the results.

  • Want to lose weight? Don’t focus on your “ideal weight”, but commit on exercising consistently.
  • Want to sleep better? Don’t focus on what your perfect sleep would look like, but commit on going to bed on time.
  • Want to eat better? Don’t focus on what your ideal diet will look like, but commit to eating a little bit better every day.

Your health isn’t fixed. Genes only account for around 20% of your health, but what about the other 80%?

Well, you are in control of that. Not your parents, not your friends, but you.

Developing a growth mindset for health is hard at the beginning, especially when all your life you have been thinking with a fixed mindset.

Here’s a 4 step process you can take to develop a growth mindset for your health.

Step 1: Show up for your health.

Whatever you want to achieve you need to show up first.

  • Want to go to bed earlier? Show up at your bedtime.
  • Want to eat healthier? Show up in your kitchen ready to prepare a meal.
  • Want to exercise more? Show up with your gym clothes, ready to exercise or take a run.

Show up for the first time, starting to upgrade your health.

Step 2: Notice your fixed mindset when it comes to your health.

Have you ever noticed that voice in your head, when you started exercising or cooking, that told you “You can’t do this, you can’t do that, you’re just born this way, just accept it.”

That’s your fixed mindset. Every time you try to eat healthier or start exercising the voice is telling you to stop to avoid failure.

Notice this voice in your head.

Step 3: Realize that failure is an opportunity to grow, not a reason to give up.

Oftentimes that voice in your head want to prevent you from failure, because it thinks failure is bad. Instead, everytime that voice comes up think about failure as an opportunity to grow.

Everybody experiences failure, it’s how you deal with it that makes you stand out.

  • Couldn’t go to bed earlier? Think about what you can do better. Maybe don’t watch TV in the evening.
  • Your home made meal tastes crappy? Think about what went wrong. Maybe try an easier recipe.
  • You can’t do 10 pushups? Start with one, but make sure to show up again!

You might have failed, but that’s not a reason to give up.

Step 4: Show up consistently.

When showing up consistently big results will happen, but don’t focus on them. Focus on the process instead.

  • Instead of thinking about how much weight you have to lose, focus on healthy eating every day.
  • Instead of thinking about how you run a marathon, focus on showing up for running consistently.

Your fixed mindset is preventing you back from getting healthy. Don’t let it do that. Develop a growth mindset. This isn’t limited to your health, but can be applied to all areas of your life.

Your health is a good starting point!

I hope those steps will help you realize that your health isn’t fixed. It’s in your hand. What will you show up for today?our

Source: ~ By: Paul Edrich

Maintaining Nutritional Balance

Maintaining balance with food is about as challenging as it is with exercise. No one can keep up the same regimen all the time.

Holidays, vacations, illness, work, family obligations or just boredom all have a way of wreaking havoc with your best intentions.

Besides, we all need to enjoy our food more.

Eat big meals when you need them and really savor them without guilt.

As you commit to living in balance, you’ll get better at reading your body’s signals and knowing what types and amounts of foods make you feel the best.

Eating for Equilibrium

Female bodies seen to thrive on several small meals a day, spaced evenly throughout the day. We don’t function well when we let ourselves get too hungry, then overeat, or eat too much of one sort of food – especially too much or too little fat carbs protein.

Although this may come as a surprise, one of the biggest mistakes women make is we don’t eat often enough. As we get older, or metabolism slows down ( largely due to lack of exercise) and our waistlines thicken (especially after menopause). Then we ten to eat less because we’re not so hungry or don’t want to put on more weight.

If we eat only two meals a day, we slow our metabolism down even more, feel sluggish and we don’t take in the nutrients our bodies need.

Choose proteins wisely.
Your body needs protein to repair and rebuild virtually all the tissue in your body. Protein also regulates blood sugar levels and help you (via a hormone called glucogen) convert stored fats in to fuel. Still, you need to choose your protein wisely.

Animal protein that’s high in fat and cholesterol will clog arteries and, over time, increase your risk of heart disease. High-fat meat and dairy products also contain the highest concentrations of xenoestrogens (toxic estrogens found in pesticides, which can promote breast and ovarian cancer. To digest animal protein, the stomach secretes a certain acid thought to pull calcium from the bones during the process.
Get your essential fatty acids.
The central nervous system, immune and cardiovascular systems all need essential fatty acids to function properly. Nutrient-dense fats from the “omega family” can ease PMS and menopausal symptoms, depression, add luster to hair, skin, nails-and help you lose weight! when the body is no longer starved of these nutrients, it more willingly transforms its stored fat into energy.

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