It’s just a habit — substitute it.
My mom came for a visit.
I love when she is around. It gives me a sense of connection to the world around me. It grounds me into life.
In her I see so much of me. Different, but so similar.
She always says how I am her gate into the world. When she gets some time to travel she takes off and goes where I am. She gets to see the world, spend time with me, spend time with herself, wander — I get to spend time with family, get news from home. Plus lots of oxytocin — that is so anti-inflammatory.
She always says how her health gets better every time she spends time with me.
Her health gets better. Then my father’s. My sister’s. Her family. And who knows whose else. Ripples.
Every time she visits me she learns something new about healthy food, exercise, health and longevity. And she gets the best part of it — applied knowledge.
I don’t actually say much, I show what I do daily. I don’t even show it — I live it.
And then she asks why, she tries stuff, asks more questions, teaches me some of her life experience mixed with what I told her. We both learn. 1 + 1 = more than 2. Synergy.
Today she told me,
“I guess the most important thing I learned from you is that health can be fun, simple and delicious!
And it’s a choice — anyone can live and be healthy.”
“I always thought I didn’t like tea, but I felt I needed to start drinking less coffee.
I tried one of your teas (I always have a variety of fun healthy things to try at my place), mint + rooibos + honey, and that was absolutely delicious, plus cacao butter mixed with raisins, when I feel like something sweeter? Why would anyone want to buy chocolate crap from the store, when healthy stuff can be so delicious?
I can see myself drinking much less coffee now. Need to get some of that tea you have for home.”
And that’s how a new better healthier habit gets born.
You don’t’ tell people — stop doing that or this. Not with food anyway.
You show them what they can enjoy instead! And how. Personal example works the best!
People are herd creatures. What others do we tend to repeat, if we can relate to and like the person.
Before that I already “hooked” my mom on coconut/hemp/sesame milks instead of regular (much better nutrition profile and absorption rate). Cacao or coconut butter instead of low quality less nutritious ones. Healthy raw desserts like avocado chocolate mousse (you wouldn’t tell the difference), home-made non-dairy no-sugar ice-creams (still sweet and incredibly delicious!), raw no-sugar chocolate, coconut yogurts — list is long. Main point — you can eat WHATEVER it is you like and still be healthy. Very much so.
All it takes [healthy delicious living]:
An open mind
Willingness to experiment and SUBSTITUTE HABITS
At first, my mom says, when I see you doing things differently I have doubts — she was afraid to try cacao butter in her oatmeal because she thought it would taste weird, nobody around her ate it that way, but after she tried it, now, she can’t get enough of it — she eats it in her oatmeal, puts it on flaxseed crackers (Guess who introduced her to that?), makes chocolate with it, puts it in her coffee — she loves it basically, it tastes better, it’s much more nutritious, it improves her health, skin and hair.
And all it took — trying something different.
Changing our habits to healthier ones might seem difficult, because changing anything requires some energy at the beginning — finding new places to shop and to eat, trying out new products, new recipes, screwing up a few things before finding what works for us. But once we change, we wonder why we did what we did before at all? Most often new is better, plus it brings new experiences in our life, boosts our creativity, makes our life more flavorful, more joyful and rich! Like rich chocolate avocado mousse with some aromatic fresh raspberries on top.
Life is getting better!
Choices are better — healthier, more delicious, cheaper, more convenient — Don’t settle for less than the best.
You deserve no less!
How to eat and live healthier?
What do you NOT want in your diet/lifestyle?
What could you LOVE instead?
You don’t have to quit one single thing.
Replace it with something you love that loves you back. And there is always that magic win-win solution.
Nowadays you can substitute anything for a healthy alternative you’d absolutely enjoy.
There is no excuse.
There is no reason.
Just a habit. — Substitute it.
Be a healthy ripple. Make the world healthier getting healthy yourself!
Help others by being a living healthy ripple!