Making a habit!

“What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.” -Gretchen Rubin

(This week’s post is courtesy of our new Chief Creative Officer, Kristen Norton)

Wouldn’t it be nice if healthy decisions didn’t have to be so hard?

Some healthy choices come only after spending lots mental energy. It takes effort to plan, willpower to stay the course, and emotional energy too. But what if you could just make the healthy choice without all that work? 

I bet this morning when you brushed your teeth, you didn’t have to think about it. And when you drove to work, you probably let your mind wander or enjoyed your favorite morning radio station.

Most of us brush our teeth and drive to work without much thought or decision-making at all.  We’re on autopilot. We’ve done these things so many times that it just happens. 

Building a new habit tends to include hard work up front, but done right you can rely on autopilot to sustain the change.

In the beginning, it’s important to be consistent and never miss a beat. You must make up your mind to give it your all. It will require a lot of mental energy. The payoff, though, is that the grit and the effort won’t be required forever. 

In other words, your goal is to make healthy habits something you just do automatically. You don’t have to make the decision to eat a healthy breakfast – you just do.

Think about your current routines and habits…

What things do you do automatically?
_________________, _____________________, _____________________, _________________, _____________________.

What healthy habits do you want to put on autopilot?
1. _________________________________________
2. _________________________________________
3. _________________________________________

What hard work would you have to do upfront to make this happen?
_______________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________

Food for thought: 

Whether it takes 21-days or 6 months, when you put your mind to making a new healthy habit you will succeed.

The secret? Keep doing it! Consistency is key.

Recipe of the Week: Cilantro Lime Shrimp Quinoa Bowl

Cilantro. Yum! Lime. Yum! Shrimp. Yum! Quinoa. Yummy!

This recipe has some of my most favorite flavors of summer. What’s not to love?

This week’s recipe, Cilantro Lime Shrimp Quinoa Bowl is brought to you by Spoonfulofflavor.com.

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