How your mindset and your environment influence your health


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How your mindset and your environment influence your health

This is a post by Ashley Hampton (PumpUp:@rawincollege), a college student looking to spread the power of the raw vegan lifestyle through her positive posts and vibrant photos. Check out her blog

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very simple in theory but very difficult in practice for most people.You have to change your environment to match your goal—you have to make your environment work for you instead of against you. When you remove the unhealthy options from your environment, the wholesome, nutritious foods in your home become both Plan A and Plan B. The beauty of this solution is that it almost completely takes will power out of the equation— if the bad choices are not there you won’t eat them!! When you remove the barriers to your success, the road to success becomes a much smoother ride. To be successful, you have to minimize the difficult decisions being made. You have to identify your personal “trigger” foods and make a promise to yourself to not keep them in your house anymore. This is not to say that you will never have these foods again—of course you can! This strategy is for that moment in time when you crave those trigger foods and the decision is already made for you—the food is not in your environment so you will most likely not eat it!

Healthy eating should be the default, not the exception.

You should never feel hungry or deprived…this lifestyle is based off of pure abundance. If you give your body what it needs, it will heal itself—from headaches to chronic illness. One thing that truly blows me away is how much our food supply has changed over time. Our food supply has changed more in the past 50 years than it has in the past 10,000 years. As a result of our food supply, we are dealing with health issues that we never had to face before. The youth of today are suffering from celiac, auto immune diseases, other food sensitivities, digestive disturbances, and emotional issues that used to be a rarity amongst children. Food should be looked at as a way of life, not a habitual thing we consume throughout the day—that is the perspective that takes away the term ‘diet’ and creates the term ‘lifestyle.’ I completely understand that food is not just for our bodies— it’s for our mind and our emotions as well—it’s sitting around the table with our friends and family for hours enjoying each other’s company’s and the food we have come to love together. I believe that awareness is the first step towards changing anything. If you have the mindset to change your environment and the environment to fuel your success, you will never fail on your journey to becoming your best self.

Ashley Hampton (PumpUp: @rawincollege) is a college student looking to spread the power of the raw vegan lifestyle through her positive posts and vibrant photos. Check out her blog