Now that you have your pantry and fridge ready for your journey, it's time to prepare yourself and your mindset.
To be successful at anything firstly you need to make a commitment and be prepared to stick to it. Secondly you need to have the tools and equipment to make it happen. Next you need to have a plan. And last and most importantly, there needs to be action.
If you are missing any of the above steps, then then success with your new goal will be harder to achieve.
When I started this for myself, I told myself that I was doing this, and there was no other option. I didn’t give the little voices in my head a slight chance to talk me out of it.
This has been how I always approached any endurance events or other races I’ve done, so perhaps my commitment to things in the past has helped me know that I could make this change happen. But at the same time, I know that it is something anyone can do.
Once this commitment is made, it is a very empowering thing, because you know that you will succeed at whatever you put your mind to before you even start.
I found that having a supportive and encouraging friendship network was also something that made this journey more enjoyable. I am the type of person that will make things happen, regardless of who is supporting me, but having family and friends along for the ride is always much more fun.
Here is a multiple choice questionnaire. Asking yourself these questions will help you commit and see the reality of your health right now and also highlight what needs improving. Ideally take this questionnaire again after four weeks of following this guide and see how a mindfulness for healthy living and a change in your food has helped you improve your overall health.
What is the average amount of hours you sleep per night?
Do you find you fall asleep easily?
What quality of sleep do you feel you have?
How do you feel when you wake up?
Well rested and ready for the day
Still tired but I get up and go
Can’t get myself to wake up so I hit the snooze button
How many times do you do the do in a day?
What type of bowel movements do you generally have?
ENERGY AND MOTIVATION
How would you rate your daily energy levels?
1. I feel highly energetic and ready to take on anything that comes my way
2. I have good energy but look forward to a coffee to perk me up
3. I have low energy and find it hard to motivate myself to do things
4. I have no energy whatsoever
Do you have any energy slumps through the day?
1. Yes almost everyday
3. No I never do
If you are feeling a slump, roughly what time in the day do you feel it?
How do you usually pick yourself up from these slumps?
I don’t know what to do about it so I just ride it out while feeling crap
Do you have any current ailments you take medication for?
I think I have something going on but I haven’t seen a doctor about it yet
I’ve been diagnosed with a condition but I don’t take my medication
If so, how badly are you wanting to become healthier to heal your ailments and possibly reduce medication?
I’m not sure they can be helped
Not badly, I am happy taking medication and living as I am now
Do you have any general food cravings?
What type of foods/drinks do you usually crave and give in for?
BODY WEIGHT AND IMAGE
Are you happy with your body weight and the way you look?
I know I’m overweight and I’m ok with it
I’m overweight and ok with it but I want to lose weight
I’m overweight and hate the way I look
How determined are you to stick to a plant-based wholefoods lifestyle?
1. I’m very determined and nothing with stop me
2. I’m determined but not sure I can do it
3. I am going to give it my best shot but I’m busy and things don’t usually work out for me
4. I think I’m perfect as I am and don’t need to change
Make a note of your answers now and ask yourself these questions after following your 4 week meal guide. This will allow you to compare how you feel after sticking to your plan of veganising your life. The positive changes you will feel will be a source of inspiration for you to continue this lifestyle. The way you will look and feel will all change. We can't wait for you to feel it too.
Deanna and Amanda x
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