A life style is a mind set or, more accurately put, a mental determination to change for the better no matter how difficult the circumstances. There will be hardship along the journey but the focus is always on healthy choices. Sacrifices will be made, for sure, but the hope of a successful outcome makes giving up pleasantries worth it all. If there were no bumps in the road then the journey would be easy and smooth resulting in becoming lazy and taking health for granted. Isn't that what has been happening for six decades? Letting the government agencies protect us from harmful ingredients in our food sources has lead to corrupt officials taking large amounts of money to authorize a known poison while consumers blissfully waltz their way the destruction of their body.
A life style means forming habits that, at first, seem a bit odd or out of the ordinary but when practiced over time yield positive results. Habits like reading labels, preparing food at home, consuming organic grown fruits and vegetables as well as stop eating at fast food gimmick places. Habits of declining to eat what peers insist eating may be hard to establish, especially with friends and family, but, when done gracefully, can produce conversations that bring others into the wellness revolution.
A life style can be compared to a religion which is not a politically correct phrase but an accurate description. Hindus have a certain life style with respect to their actions, activities, choices, and diet. Buddhists behave in a particular manner, think along specific lines of logic, and have chosen to provide their bodies with particular foods. Other world religions follow strict diet and behavioral patterns so why is it so politically incorrect to understand a successful health and wellness program as a religion.
A life style is long term meaning it is for life as apposed to a fad that last only a few weeks or months. When someone has come to me expressing their desire to lose weight for a wedding or vacation trip I refuse to help them. Many times they become indignant demanding an explanation. I tell them that weight loss is the by product of a health and wellness journey lasting for a life time. In a word it is commitment not convenience. A lot of time and effort is involved with becoming healthy and it is too expensive to abandon for the short term.
I hope this has been helpful if you are just starting the journey or are curious about what it takes to be successful with Sandy. Each person must first reflect on the value of a healthy life and that means effort as well as money. Is your health and wellness worth investing a lot of time, a life time, and is it worth spending the high dollars for specialized food? Someone is going to get your money. If you eat the cheap chemical laden processed food then the doctors, pharmaceuticals, health care providers, and insurance companies will get your dollars while you suffer with chronic ailments. If you spend the extra for nutrient dense food then organic food growers, supplement companies, and nutritionists get the money while you enjoy a more vibrant energetic life.