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HOW TO STAY MOTIVATED – MY 5 TIPS

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Motivation is what gets you started. It is that power inside of us which makes us work hard for what we want. That brings me to my first point. 🙂

1. Set a goal

Finding a goal is the key to motivation. You need to have a goal which pushes your limits, which gets you up in the morning and makes you excited to do whatever it takes to reach it. A goal doesn’t have to be a certain body image, it can be your dream job or a long desired lifestyle you want to achieve. I always think of my goal as where I want to see myself in 5 to 10 years. That’s my motivation and that’s what I am ready to work hard for. 🙂

2. Get into a routine

Routines are your best friend! 🙂 Always and at any time!!! I have a different routines for every place I’m in. In london for example my morning routine is very different to when I’m travelling but what matters is that I start my day with a routine that sets me up for a successful day. This helps your body to develop habits and to get used to your new lifestyle.

3. Plan your week on a sunday

Planning is 50% of the work. Wherever I go, I always have fruits & dates with me. 🙂  I first got into a healthy lifestyle when I was around 17. I loved fruits and went grocery shopping every day after school because my dad thought I was a bit crazy and he didn’t want to buy & carry all those fruits for me every day. I had lots of arguments at home about why my lunch plate was a huge fruitplatter and why I didn’t want to eat what everyone esle ate, however, I really recommend you to make an effort and plan your meals. :-)) If you have enough ripe sweet fruits at home you will more likely eat that instead of other options. 🙂 I love to plan day by day but if you have a 9 to 5 job Monday to Friday it helps tremendiously to plan your weekday lunches & dinners on a Sunday. Stock up your kitchen with bananas, apples, oranges, Watermelons, Honeymelons, Mangos, Dates, Avocados, Greens, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Celery, Chickpeas, Lentils, Tinned tomatoes, Rice, Herbs etc. and pick easy recipes that satisfy you after a long day at work.

I started to prepare my own food from very early on and always brought my vegan “Müsli” to school as well as apples & bananas. My Müsli was a mix of organic oats, almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, raisins, linseeds + grapes, blueberries, apple and banana + soy yogurt and was perfect for school as it kept me full for a long time.

Always remember being prepared is the key to stick to routines. :-)) 

4. Become a workout person

Working out is good for EVERYONE. :-)No matter if you want to lose weight, become healthier or just want to be more efficient in what you do, working out will help you to get there. Go fo a run first thing in the morning and your day will be a better one!! Don’t find excuses, we all have that 30 min for a run.:-)) Working out in the morning will set you up to handle a busy day, gets you energized and more resistent to stress that might occour. You have that feeling of achievment because you got up and did it and that is the mindset you want to have for a successful day.

5. Go day by day

Create a food/ fitness & lifestyle diary where you write down your daily improvements.  Go day by day and make a note about what you ate, how much you worked out, how you felt and what you did to achieve your goal. Be creative and visualize as much as you can. Vision boards will get you to the next level and can be a part of your diary. I like to make weekly and daily checklists with things I want to get done. Trust me every successful person I know writes checklists!! :-)) This helps you to focus on long term goals rather than spending too much time on things that don’t matter.

I hope you guys find these tips helpful and got inspired to implement some of them into your daily life. 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend!!:-) Big hug to everyone!! xx Caroline

5 comments

Luka July 7, 2017 Reply

Hi Caroline,
First I have to say I love your blog. You are such an inspiration for me.. I’m already vegetarian and lately I’m thinking about going vegan, but I have a couple of questions. I hope you don’t mind answering them:
1. Can you eat Tofu, etc. in a HCLF diet?
2. Are you eating any sugar or do you swap them for natural sweeteners like maple syrup?
3. Are you eating wheat/ spelt or any kind of gluten?
4. Can you have almond/ soy milk or yoghurt on a HCLF diet?
I hope my questions don’t bother you
Have a nice evening!
Luka

Sofia July 8, 2017 Reply

Hi, Caroline!

So glad I came across your page on instagram. I absolutely love it. You’re very inspiring. I was wondering if you have any recommendations on great places to buy really good fruits and vegetables?! My husband and I just moved to London from Toronto and are searching for the best produce! If you can help that would be so nice! Thanks!
Sofia

Lucie July 8, 2017 Reply

I really think that creating habits is one of the most important things for whatever changes we want to see occur in our lives… I really like those tips, thanks a lot for sharing them with us!
Lucie, xx

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bella July 11, 2017 Reply

Hi Caroline, since I am not longer a student and have to work everyday, I always need something warm for lunch. Sometimes our canteen doesn´t have enough options for vegans, so I mostly end up eating cooked vegetables with rice or potatoes. I love cooking, that’s why I do mostly have something cooked for dinner as well, again rice or potatoes. Do you think two warm and cooked meals are long term bad for our digestion? And what is your opinion on rice and potatoes? I try to replace bread with those carbs. I think I need a lot of carbs to stay on track during the day ( I am very active and I work out 4-5 times a week). Do you eat carbs with every dinner? Because sometimes I feel like only having vegetables for dinner, but I am afraid not having enough power without carbs the next day..I also have to say a big big thank you to you, you inspired me not to quick the vegan lifestyle. I had a time where I had no motivation to stay vegan any longer, because so many people told me how bad it is and that I could get ill if I am staying vegan. Now I added some more tofu and and beans in my diet and I am feeling amazing. I think eating only fruits wouldn´t make me full and satisfying.. Love you (sorry for the long comment and my bad english!!) Hope you will answer me 🙂 Lots of love xx

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