Staying Healthy:

There are many benefits to getting and staying healthy. Exercising, eating right, and perhaps taking certain supplements may all contribute towards developing healthy lifestyle habits.  If you’ve made any changes in your life with regards to your health you’ll know that each change you implement requires effort.  Simply dieting without making long term lifestyle changes is likely to result in setbacks causing regain of weight lost, and or return to old habits. The same thing goes for any type of change we implement.  Because we are so very much creatures of habit, it is said that it takes 21 days to learn a new habit. And, if we’re not careful,  old habits can sometimes  comeback to sabotage all our hard work. Here’s some tips you can use so that you’re new habits and/or lifestyle can be maintained over the long term.

stayinghealthy After working with several clients who were interested in losing weight and also increasing their energy, I was feeling pretty good about the reported changes that these clients had experienced. Many had indeed lost weight, and told me that they hadn’t felt so good in many years.  But I became perplexed when I would sometimes run into clients months later, and heard that they were again struggling with some of the  original issues that led them to seek some additional assistance for their health issues.

What I discovered in the process of talking to these clients who had “slipped”—was that most of them didn’t return to their formerly unhealthy eating habits, but many of them had simply skipped some “steps” towards living their healthiest life. For example, some clients formerly had low vitamin or mineral levels that had been identified initially through blood testing. Once the problem was identified, we were able to correct those deficiencies with appropriate supplementation.

In those clients who had experienced some type of setup, I learned that they had stopped taking their vitamin/mineral supplements. When I asked “Why” — what I learned was quite surprising.  The answers I got were mostly the same in the population of those who felt they “slipped” back into some former issues.    “I was  feeling so good,” they would say, “that I stopped taking my supplements” because I was feeling better.

As a light bulb flashed in my head. Ok, I thought to myself. So although we had talked about this phenomena during the actual program and about how it’s important to watch for return of old behaviors etc, for some, they were still not connecting the dots in terms of how they need to watch out for self sabotaging behaviors at specific points of time. For example, some may have been aware and diligent about sticking to the details of their programs once they finished they completed the course, but after about 9 or 10 months, it seemed, some were so impressed by how good they felt, that they stopped taking their supplements, or weren’t so careful about foods they ate.

So, I asked that client. “So you were very happy with how you looked, felt, and your ability to exercise, that you stopped doing what you were doing that was helping you feel better? “  The client laughed and said, “Yes, I guess I did.” 

It’s important to realize that this same scenario actually happens with regards to health and wellness more often than we’d like. For example, how many of you struggle to finish a prescription medication of antibiotics because “you’re feeling better.”     Even though you may have been instructed by your doctor to finish the total prescription –there are those who will stop before the entire course of antibiotics are complete. And this, can be more dangerous for some people, than never even starting a prescription antibiotic at all. The bacteria that were treated by the initial dose of antibiotics can develop a resistance to the medication. And the initial infection or problem can come back again even more aggressively than before.  If you’re taking antibiotics, it’s critical to follow the medication administration instructions exactly. And to finish your entire prescription—even if you’re feeing better. 

And, as in the case of antibiotic medication—we can all help ourselves stay on track with our health if we remember to keep doing the things that are helping, and to drop the habits that are not helping us towards achieving our health goals.  Knowing that you may have a tendency to want to “drop” our new habits after a certain period of time, may just help you avoid these types of health setbacks so that you can instead move forward and towards enjoying and embracing your new healthy habits.