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How to Maintain Your Healthy Habits

Use these guidelines to help you maintain the new habits and stay on the path to better health.

The new year is here, and millions of Americans have set goals to better themselves. But even though the ideas of eating well and exercising more often are fresh in their minds, many people let those good intentions fall by the wayside before January even comes to an end.

The problem is that many individuals don't realize that healthy habits aren't formed overnight. In fact, research by Maxwell Maltz, published in his book "Psycho-Cybernetics," stated that it takes about 21 days to develop a habit. It's all about finding ways to maintain those good actions so that they eventually become second nature.

If you've made a New Year's resolution to be your best you and make healthier decisions in 2017, don't get knocked down if you fall off track. Use these guidelines to help you manage the new habits and stay on the path to better health:

Today's a new day. Use these tips to stay motivated and maintain your healthy habits.Today's a new day. Use these tips to stay motivated and maintain your healthy habits.

Stay in the Right Mindset
Before you follow these new habits only in search of quick results, you need to get in the right mindset. If you're more concerned with the short-term outcome – such as losing weight – than the long-term – lessening your risk of developing chronic conditions – you'll be less likely to stick to your goals due to lack of instant visual growth. Focus on bettering your overall well-being for the future, not just slimming down immediately. This mindset will keep you motivated throughout your journey.

Add Variety to Your New Habits
It's easy to get bored with a workout regimen and healthy diet if you're not switching things up regularly. You need to add variety to your life if you expect to enjoy yourself and successfully form these habits.

"Consider joining a fitness class at the gym."

To change up your workout routine, consider joining a fitness class at the gym or try working out with a friend once a week. Find another friend who is willing to share some of his or her plant-based recipes with you so you can avoid cooking the same thing over and over again. There are so many delicious meals to enjoy while you follow the Hallelujah Diet – it's all about discovering new choices and stepping outside of your comfort zone.

Constantly Challenge Yourself
If you find yourself feeling less motivated, The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases recommended revisiting your goals and challenging yourself in a new way. If you've been working out 25 minutes a day, five days a week, boost the amount of time and days you spend at the gym.

If you're loving the Hallelujah Diet but you want to mix things up, consider our 60 Days to Reclaim Your Health program. You'll receive personal instruction and essential information that challenges you to keep improving your health and well-being. With the help from daily food videos, weekly shopping lists, recipes and questions answered by our health experts, you'll feel more motivated than ever to stick to that New Year's resolution and form healthy habits like you've always wanted to.


  1. Karen Moss January 21, 2017

    I have a question on Vitamins b 12 … I had a blood test and my vit 12 is high , what can you do to bring it down? Been drinking lots of clean water , I took the blood test thinking I was probably low on vit b 12 , iI was taking a stress b vitamins and sub. under the tongue at night .. I have quit taking the vitamins for now as the dr told me to quit , i was just wondering as I don’t eat meat but lots of fruits and veggies and beans.. I would appreciate any information . thanks

    • Melody Hord January 24, 2017

      Hi Karen,
      Isn’t it great we can get tested for things like this.
      Here is what Michael Donaldson, PhD has to say about B12 in general.
      “Vitamin B12 is about the only vitamin that doesn’t have an upper limit of toxicity. So, even if your level is “high” it is not dangerous. It might help you function better mentally, avoid misdiagnosis for a bunch of other things (see the book “Could it be B12?”), and ensure that you have better health. That is about the only side effects of too much B12.

      A person could back off so much B12. If it is over 1,000 pmol/L, you are probably a bit high, but no big deal. You are just much higher than the “normal” population, which includes a lot of half-sick, can’t get up and go people.

      Taking a sublingual just 1 time a week for a year would probably get you back to high “normal” levels. But it isn’t bad at all to stay above 800 pmol/L.”

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