When trying to beat chronic fatigue, I was faced with a lot of changes. Some of these were easy to make and some were much more difficult. I found that when I thought of what I couldn’t do or what I couldn’t eat, I was overwhelmed. Once I changed my mindset and just focused on what to do or what to eat, it became much more manageable.
I suddenly found common grocery stores had nothing to offer me and although the shelves were full, there was no real food there. I found myself shopping at Thrive Market and local farmer’s markets. Online shopping became so much easier because it had exactly what I needed coming to my door, I wasn’t tempted to put things in my cart that I didn’t need, and I wasn’t tempted by the junk food at the check out counter.
Here are some of my tips that helped me make the changes easier:
- Shop online at Thrive Market for only the products that fall into your new dietary guidelines.
- Concentrate on what to eat that will help you to be healthy and feel better. Do not focus on what not to eat or what you used to eat. Make a list of foods that you are excited about eating and make sure you purchase them right away.
- Crowd out old foods with new foods. When I plan my day around having my favorite green drink for breakfast, Metagenics meal replacement bar for pre-workout meal, a wonderful soup for lunch and maybe a large salad for supper, there isn’t much room for anything else and before you know it, I’ve followed my guidelines.
- Get excited about new recipes. I have some go-to recipes now, but in the beginning, I would spend a lot of time searching for a perfect recipe to get excited about.
- Learn new cooking techniques. I have learned to make some wonderful things in my vitamix including my green drink, plantain pancakes, and cashew zucchini soup.
- Use new ingredients. Almond flour, plantains, coconut oil have all become staples.
- Use social media to learn. My Facebook newsfeed has become filled with recipes and wonderful articles to get excited about.
Photo credit for featured image: Lily LaGrange Photography