I have had many people ask me how I have stayed on my elimination diet for so long and not feel deprived. All I can say is that “substitutions are the key to success”. I still eat the foods that I love but I change things around so that they fit into my nutritional plan. I still get to eat lasagna but use cabbage instead of pasta. Mashed cauliflower makes a great substitute for mashed irish potatoes. Protein shakes made in the blender with ice and fruit replaces milkshakes and icecream. I make delicious chocolate protein bars with Arbonne protein powder instead of making brownies. I no longer buy ready made salad dressings I came up with my own dressing that is fantastic. Again the key is substituting unhealthy ingredients with healthy ones.
If we apply this same principle to other areas of our life we can find success in those areas as well. If we remove unproductive habits and replace them with habits that move us closer to our goals we will be on track to our dreams. Small substitutions make huge changes over time.
If your goal is to get more exercise then instead of parking as close as possible in parking lots park further out and walk a few steps more every time. When you normally would climb on an elevator to go up one or two floors take the steps. Instead of pulling up to the mailbox when you get home go ahead park in your normal spot and walk back to pick up your mail.
If you want to spend more quality time with your kids involve them in the activities you have to perform every day. What can they do in the kitchen while you are cooking meals? Could they butter the toast or biscuits for breakfast? Could they stir up the muffin or pancake batter? What if you made a game out of sorting or folding the laundry? Do you have a green thumb and like fooling with plants? What if the kids had their own houseplants or spots in the garden? Not only would you be spending more time with your children you would be teaching them good work ethics that will last a lifetime.
Now let us also apply this same principle to building a home based business. So many people are looking for a financial plan B. They need extra income to support the life of their dreams so they want to start a business to build while they continue to work their current job. Time looks to be a real hurdle that must be overcome so they have find time in the already busy schedule. How much time could be carved out and applied to their business if just a few habits are substituted? Could you use your coffee breaks at work make calls instead of chatting with co-workers? What about lunch breaks? Could they be used for short business meetings over a bite at the local coffee shop? How many of us sit down in the evening and watch an hour or two of television? What if part of that time was used productively building the business? Why can’t contacts be made at the kids sporting events or while standing in line at the grocery? Changing one small habit for another again is key.
Remember the age old question. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do your change a lifestyle? One small habit at a time.
Good luck and God bless!!!!