Studies show that for change to take place and become permanent, certain things must happen first. Just as you would prepare for a journey, you also should prepare your mind by deciding that you want to change to be healthier. People change to either avoid "pain" or gain "pleasure" with avoiding pain being a stronger motivator. You need to first write down for yourself the 2 most important reasons why you want to take on the Green Smoothie Challenge (both positive and negative reasons). A positive reason will be to have more energy and be able to spend more time with my kids. A negative reason will be if I don't change, I will continue to feel worse and my family will suffer. The more emotion you attach to the reason that you MUST NOT SHOULD change, the more you will be motivated and your brain will get "re-wired" to follow through with your resolve. Next, implement a plan of action immediately. Buy your fresh organic fruits (frozen organic is also okay) and fresh vegetables (lettuce, spinach, carrots, kale, etc). Make your green smoothie within 24-48 hours. Third step is to AFFIRM DAILY the end result you want and VISUALIZE it as if you are already experiencing it (picture yourself full of energy, glowing with vitality, etc) and involve as many senses as possible (imagine that you can feel, see, hear, smell). For any behavior to become a habit, you must continue doing the behavior for a minimum of 21 days. Look for support. Let us know how you are doing. Check out other internet green smoothie blogs. I am so grateful to so many different individuals and their websites that have provided the information that is included in this blog and have helped me personally in my own green smoothie journey to better health. We strongly suggest that you google other websites by simply entering "green smoothie challenge". We will post every 2 days an update to the green smoothie challenge and slowly add simple and easy healthy habits every 2-3 days into your daily routine. Track your progress as an added motivation! Celebrate!
For more information on green smoothie and how to make your first one, click the link to Anand's Green Smoothie Challenge and make your first smoothie. http://www.greensmoothiechallenge.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4&Itemid=5
The other thing that we suggest is to start educating yourself about the health benefits of green smoothie and raw food to further enahnce your motivation. There are also other health tips in this blog or on our tweets that is easy to include in your daily routine such as practicing deep breathing 10 times 4 times a day, including fresh lemon juice or cucumber in your fresh water to alkalize your body, drink at least 8 ounces of water every day, go out with a friend, your kid or spouse and enjoy fresh air and get some sun! Blog your goals so we can see how you are doing.
Finally, if you are totally new to the concept of raw food or green smoothies, be kind to yourself and don't beat yourself if you fall off the bandwagon. Find out why and see if you can change it. Remind yourself why you wanted to do it in the first place to avoid all the negative things not doing it will bring. We recommend that you consume the smoothie as soon as you make it but if you can't finish it, drink it with your lunch or snack. Have fun with it and check out our website in a couple of days for another tip.