Module 2.

Make It Easy!

 

In the last session we talked about the importance of getting started when it comes to forming new habits and behaviours. It’s better to take any step no matter how small or how imperfect than to wait until everything is just right.

In this video we are going to talk about the importance of structuring things so that they are as easy as possible. This is very important. We are living in a world in which things are becoming increasingly convenient. The reason that supermarkets are filled with processed foods and ready-to-eat meals is to make life increasingly easy for consumers. Unfortunately, our preference for ease and convenience has resulted in unprecedented levels of chronic disease and illness.

Nevertheless, when we embark on our personal evolution and move to a plant-based diet, we will be battling all these forces of convenience. So we have to think about what we can do to make switching to our new diet as easy as possible and making our old diet as difficult as possible.

Making Starting as Easy as Possible

As I have mentioned before, I really believe that for most of us the best strategy for long-term success is to start slowly. Of course, some of you will want to launch right into it and go full in.

Regardless of which approach you use, I highly recommend preparing as much food in advance as you can before you start. The more ready-to-go meals, snacks and food that you have available, the easier your transition will be. And this is critical, especially at the beginning.

In a later module there is a session dedicated to restocking your pantry. It lists all the foods, herbs, spices, oils and condiments that you should have before starting out. This list will include many staples.

When you’ve restocked your pantry and it’s now full of healthy alternatives, the best thing you can do is to prepare as many meals as you possibly can in advance. Again in a later module, there will be one or even more sessions dedicated to meal-prep suggestions. These pre-prepared meals can be a “life-saver” for large number of occasions.

Sometimes my wife and I decide to go out for a long walk on the spur of the moment. It’s so easy to just be able to reach into the freezer and pull out a meal that we prepared days or weeks ago. A few hours later, it’s defrosted and ready to eat. If you know you’ve got a busy day ahead and you don’t have time to shop or cook, these meals are perfect.

Prepare Food when Energy Levels are High

We don’t want to get sucked back into our old habits, especially at the beginning. The wonderful thing about being alive now is that there are many ways to pre-prepare and preserve food.

One of the very best investments of your time before getting started is to spend a few hours at the weekend or when you have a day off preparing as much food in advance as you possible can. You will thank yourself for it and you’ll also improve your cooking skills ???? . But do it when your energy levels are high and you’re fired up and motivated.

1. Introduction  |  2. Identity Change  |  3. Make it Rewarding  |  4. How to Build Habits  6. The Best Way to Start  |  7. Environment  |  8. More on Environment  |  9. Make it Attractive10. Make it Unattractive  |  11. Role of Friends and Family  |  12. Momentum | 13. Make it Easy  |  14. Procrastination  |  15. Commitment Devices

About Module 2:

Before we find out more about switching to a healthy diet, it will help us a lot to learn about how habits are formed and, perhaps most importantly, kept.

I’m really excited about this module because it provides us with a tool for making changes in all areas of our life, not just diet and health. I promise that you’ll discover a lot of new ways of implementing changes in your life. This module will also help you to kick bad habits and create new ones.

Module 2.

Make It Easy!

 

In the last session we talked about the importance of getting started when it comes to forming new habits and behaviours. It’s better to take any step no matter how small or how imperfect than to wait until everything is just right.

In this video we are going to talk about the importance of structuring things so that they are as easy as possible. This is very important. We are living in a world in which things are becoming increasingly convenient. The reason that supermarkets are filled with processed foods and ready-to-eat meals is to make life increasingly easy for consumers. Unfortunately, our preference for ease and convenience has resulted in unprecedented levels of chronic disease and illness.

Nevertheless, when we embark on our personal evolution and move to a plant-based diet, we will be battling all these forces of convenience. So we have to think about what we can do to make switching to our new diet as easy as possible and making our old diet as difficult as possible.

Making Starting as Easy as Possible

As I have mentioned before, I really believe that for most of us the best strategy for long-term success is to start slowly. Of course, some of you will want to launch right into it and go full in.

Regardless of which approach you use, I highly recommend preparing as much food in advance as you can before you start. The more ready-to-go meals, snacks and food that you have available, the easier your transition will be. And this is critical, especially at the beginning.

In a later module there is a session dedicated to restocking your pantry. It lists all the foods, herbs, spices, oils and condiments that you should have before starting out. This list will include many staples.

When you’ve restocked your pantry and it’s now full of healthy alternatives, the best thing you can do is to prepare as many meals as you possibly can in advance. Again in a later module, there will be one or even more sessions dedicated to meal-prep suggestions. These pre-prepared meals can be a “life-saver” for large number of occasions.

Sometimes my wife and I decide to go out for a long walk on the spur of the moment. It’s so easy to just be able to reach into the freezer and pull out a meal that we prepared days or weeks ago. A few hours later, it’s defrosted and ready to eat. If you know you’ve got a busy day ahead and you don’t have time to shop or cook, these meals are perfect.

Prepare Food when Energy Levels are High

We don’t want to get sucked back into our old habits, especially at the beginning. The wonderful thing about being alive now is that there are many ways to pre-prepare and preserve food.

One of the very best investments of your time before getting started is to spend a few hours at the weekend or when you have a day off preparing as much food in advance as you possible can. You will thank yourself for it and you’ll also improve your cooking skills ???? . But do it when your energy levels are high and you’re fired up and motivated.

1. Introduction  |  2. Identity Change  |  3. Make it Rewarding  |  4. How to Build Habits  6. The Best Way to Start  |  7. Environment  |  8. More on Environment  |  9. Make it Attractive10. Make it Unattractive  |  11. Role of Friends and Family  |  12. Momentum | 13. Make it Easy  |  14. Procrastination  |  15. Commitment Devices

About Module 2:

Before we find out more about switching to a healthy diet, it will help us a lot to learn about how habits are formed and, perhaps most importantly, kept.

I’m really excited about this module because it provides us with a tool for making changes in all areas of our life, not just diet and health. I promise that you’ll discover a lot of new ways of implementing changes in your life. This module will also help you to kick bad habits and create new ones.