Author: Amber French
Promoting your new healthy lifestyle/food choice/workout – the do’s and do not’s.
When we humans find something that we like, we like to share. And when I say share I mean shove it in the face of anyone who will listen and write-off anyone that won’t.
I understand the enthusiasm and I may have been guilty of this a time or two in my life. However I have learned a few things. A) Some people are never going to care about what I had for dinner and perhaps more importantly B) leave the door open.
I have had clients devastated that there significant other wasn’t jumping on board with their new healthy habits. They were ready to end the relationship and didn’t feel supported. I know the feeling however we need to slow down and like Ghandi said “be the change you want to see in the world”. You need to cement this new habit, you need to weather the highs and the lows and fall off the wagon a few times. You can’t let other commitment (or lack thereof) decide whether you want to live your life as healthfully as possible.
It is super important to recognize sabotage and toxic people and deal with them accordingly, but make sure you are writing off important people just because they are leery of the new direction your journey is taking BIG DIFFERENCE PEOPLE!
It is great to have a partner in crime when it comes to a healthy lifestyle for sure. But it isn’t necessarily a prerequisite. Your relationship isn’t doomed because he won’t juice or she won’t go Gluten-Free.
Maybe you are the type to try on new lifestyle choices like others try on underwear. Maybe your inner circle needs to see you commit and reap benefits before they are even ready to talk about making some changes in their own life. Be patient and kind and leave the door open for questions and curiosity and in the meantime become your own expert and cheering squad so you are prepared when your loved ones come seeking your help regarding their own healthier frontier.
Top 5 Do’s
• Do be excited and enthusiastic.
• Do learn all that you can about your new healthy lifestyle
• Do walk the Talk
• Do be your own cheering section
• Do post a sign reading “newcomer’s welcome”
Top 5 Don’ts
• Don’t end your relationship over food choices
• Don’t let other’s doubts dampen your enthusiasm
• Don’t judge – anyone – ever
• Don’t talk only about your healthy choices, you are more than what you ate for dinner
• Don’t discount anyone, it’s NEVER too late to turn over a healthy leaf
Respect the journey, yours and everyone around you. Be the beacon of healthy living and be open to questions from those that are important to you. You may be surprised who asks for your guidance!