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HOW TO FUEL YOUR GLOBAL LIFESTYLE WITH FOOD

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A client wrote, “Help me! I tired all the time. I simply can’t get anything done. It is like I’m in a coma. Had an awful day. I won’t even tell you what I ate today because it is just so unbelievable. All I will say is that 90% of my food today consisted of sugar! I really, really need some help getting past these cravings. I am no doubt a sugar addict. If I could get past this there is no doubt that I will reach my goal.” 

HOW TO EAT TO FUEL YOUR GLOBAL LIFESTYLE
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If you see a little of yourself in this message, you’re not alone. Many people struggle with maintaining a healthy diet. I’m going to focus on eating and working out and NOT weight loss, because while you may have an ideal weight – the goal is a healthy lifestyle NOT a certain weight. And let’s face it, too much sugar isn’t a good thing.

If I told you I could show you a way to stop craving sugar, would you want me to show you how?

Think about that for a moment. Close your eyes and really think it through. You’ve said if only you didn’t crave sugar or other junk, then you would have more energy, but is that really true for you? Ask yourself these questions:

Would you eat differently, and if so how?

Would you act differently, and if so how?

Until you know what you want, know you can achieve it, and know what else will change (i.e. how your life may be different), you can’t discover any obstacles that first must be considered. For instance, you may want to stop eating anything after 7 PM yet your husband doesn’t come home from work until 8 and he wants you to join him for dinner. That’s an obstacle.

If you’ve got a habit of watching your favorite TV show with a bowl of ice cream, then breaking that habit is another obstacle.

HOW TO EAT TO FUEL YOUR GLOBAL LIFESTYLE

If you don’t work out ways to overcome your obstacles perhaps through discussion and compromise with your husband, or habit breaking exercises for your ice cream habit, there’s bound to be a problem.

Just saying you’re not going to do something any more rarely works. Instead determine what might stand in the way of achieving your goals, find a way around them, and you’re much more likely to actually achieve those goals once and for all.  

The statement, “if this one thing were handled, then everything else would fall into place” is an “If Then” statement and gets people into trouble. They want a fairy godmother to make it all better. A strong belief that one single thing such as, “eating sugar is my problem,” sets you up to fail, especially if you really like things with lots of sugar

Getting a handle on your cravings is not an all-or-nothing proposition. You must leave room for occasional deviations. It’s not the occasional side trip that causes trouble, it’s the road we usually travel. 

 How to Create a Well Formed Outcome & Get What You Want

Here are the steps to creating a well formed outcome: 

1) State what you want (not what you do not want). “I want to eat healthy to fuel my amazing life

2) Determine whether you can achieve it (do you believe it is possible?). Everything in life starts with a belief that it is possible.

3) What resources do you have and what do you need (time, money, gear, clothes, equipment, coaching, whatever).

4) Check whether anyone else is involved and any potential obstacles that may come up regarding others. Think of everyone involved in your day-to-day life.

5) Picture yourself “as if” you’ve obtained what you say you want and see if that picture fits. Do you like what you see? 

6) Put together a plan of action for the achievement of your outcome. 

While it may seem like a lot of effort simply to decide what you really want. Going through these steps at the beginning helps you find potential obstacles which previously stopped you from moving forward. For example, if you decide you want to join a gym. And start exercising every day but you’ve forgotten you don’t even own a car and just lost your job, that exercise plan might not work out right now. If you did join a gym, you’d end up not going and then you’d think you’d failed, yet it was the plan that failed, not you. You didn’t think it through. 

A better plan in this instance may be doing exercises at home, or within walking distance (or simply walking for exercise). Or it could be a private trainer and/or gym. There are always options. You get to decide when and how you workout. Do what is comfortable for you, but make sure you get moving.

It’s better to look at what you want from every angle, then put together a plan you know can and will work. Then when you know what you want, you’ll also know you can make it happen and begin by taking that first step toward making it a reality. 

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Hello there!

I’m Jackie O., editor of the  international travel and lifestyle blog, The Jackie O. Life, serial entrepreneur, globetrotting Mama, Black digital nomad and overall badass.

I’m a former attorney, technology executive and model turned digital content provider and travel and lifestyle consultant.  I help Black women live magical lives all over the globe.

I’ve been featured in media outlets such as Travel Noire, American Express Essentials, Gorgeous Globe,  Flourish in the Foreign, Sorella, BizBash and more. Originally from the United States, I currently travel the world full-time with my toddler daughter, Ruth

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