The 2 Key Questions to Ask to Stay on Track

Ricki explains what questions to ask to stick with it for life

For so many of the clients I deal with, the idea of eating healthfully seems fraught with all kinds of hurdles that interfere with the best of intentions. You want to stick with healthy eating, but sometimes it’s too hard when everyone else around you is eating “regular” food.

Other times, there are insensitive people who try to push food on you, and it gets to the point where it’s just too hard to  continue to fend them off.

Or maybe, it’s just “one of those days,” and the stress is overwhelming–which makes the chocolate (or ice cream, or pizza, or wine) look too tempting to pass up.

If any of those situations applies to you, it’s worth asking the question, “What would it take to stick with your healthy diet–for life?”

Here’s what I’ve noticed: in general, the people I work with would have to focus on only two questions to be able to eat healthfully for the long term.

For most of us, we focus far too much on the first question, but not enough on the second.

If only the time spent on each were reversed, many more of you would have lifelong success with your healthy eating.

To learn more about how this might work, take a look at today’s video, where I boil it down to these two questions, and what’s involved in sticking with it for the long term.

Then, tell me what you think! Does this idea resonate for you? Would you be willing to try this?

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Why Self-Care Doesn’t Work (and What To Do Instead)

Ricki gestures about why self-care doesn't work

Have you heard that self-care is essential if you want to really want to maintain optimum health and allow yourself the best chance of sticking with healthy habits–including eating a healthy diet?

Well, I’ve heard the same thing. And while taking bubble baths or walks in nature are great, it seems to me that what precedes every one of those self-care tactics is something even more important: caring enough about yourself that you fit those activities into your life in the first place.

If you don’t already love yourself unconditionally, it’s going to be more difficult to take the time and effort required to set aside an afternoon for a spa visit or even an hour for a massage. 

And what about the time it takes to plan and prep healthy foods? Making yourself a priority only happens when you are already a priority in your head.

So what can you do to increase your own perception of yourself and what you deserve in your life?

In today’s video, talk about an exercise here that I’ve used for a few years now, and it’s really made a significant difference in how I feel about myself day-to-day.

And equally important, it’s affected my own decisions about what I eat and how I approach my healthy diet.

Watch the video, below, to learn more about it. 

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Breakfast Brownies or Brownie Bars (Sugar-free, Gluten-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free)

A plate with a chocolate-glazed, sugarfree, glutenfree breakfast brownie

[If you think that healthy food needs to be boring, tasteless, or (dare I say it?) nasty–well, you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. Breakfast Brownies are here! These delectable brownie-muffin cross are delicious enough for dessert, healthy enough for breakfst. Plus, they’re vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free,  dairy-free, egg free, soy-free and optionally nut-free.] If you’ve […]

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Your Thoughts About Healthy Foods

Ricki making the sign of the cross to show how people react to "healthy" foods

Quick–when you think of “healthy food,” what comes to mind? Is it flavorless, gummy, chemical-tasting, oddly crunchy, with basically no appeal to anyone? Sadly, for most people, that’s exactly the kind of thing that comes to mind when they think of healthy eating. Whether you’ve had to change your diet because of chronic illness, food […]

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The Main Reason People Fail with Healthy Eating

Ricki explains why people fall off healthy eating diets

Nobody starts a new eating plan thinking that they’re going to break it. When you begin your sugar-free, gluten-free, egg-free, or dairy-free journey (or whatever “free” is equivalent for you), you’re not looking ahead weeks or months and imagining that you’ll go out to dinner with friends and order a martini. Or that you’ll be […]

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If you think you can’t change the way you eat (Part 2)

Ricki explains how to love healthy foods

“I’ve tried to eat healthy foods, but they just don’t taste as good as the “real thing.” Have you found yourself thinking this way? The thing is, if you’ve tried to change the way you eat in the past, you probably already know how important it is to change your diet, for your ultimate health […]

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If you think you can’t change the way you eat (Part 1)

Ricki talks about how to change your diet permanently

“I could never stop eating sugar or gluten–I love my food too much to give it up!” Does that sound like you? Do you feel like you love food so much that it’s taken over your mind and heart? Maybe you’ve heard things like, “well, we pay attention to people we love. We don’t sneak […]

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Lessons the bank taught me about sticking to your healthy diet

Ricki talks about how a visit to the bank can help with your healthy diet.

As I write this, much of the world is just heading into Stage 3 of the COVID-19 pandemic (if you’re reading this and don’t know what that is, lucky you! Just Google “2020: the lost year” or something like that). Where I live, just north of Toronto, Stage 3 means mandatory masks in all public […]

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Seven things I’ve learned about how to change your diet for good, part 2

Ricki trying to avoid eating a chocolate bar

“Should I or shouldn’t I. . . . ?” It happened to me countless times in the past: I’d read a book about healthy eating or see an inspiring movie or read an inspiring blog post. I’d go off like a house on fire, buying new foods, planning recipes to make, revamping my entire kitchen. […]

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Seven things I’ve learned about how to change for good (Part 1)

a cloud spelling out the word "change"

Back when I struggled with candida symptoms that ravaged my skin, my sinuses and my digestive tract, I ignored it all at first. As someone who had dealt with candida before, I knew that the solution was to change my diet and lifestyle. But that didn’t matter. In fact, I began to truly change only when I […]

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