Yesterday we gave you a few simple habits to incorporate to make big changes. Today we will look at another factor that can help you build healthy habits easier. Environment! Your environment is critical to your success. Even if you love eating vegetables and eat well all day at work but come home to a family that only eats processed foods for dinner and snacks on chips at night, this can stop you from reaching your optimal health. Or, maybe your family is supportive and has a healthy dinner waiting for you at home and no one buys snack foods so they are not in the cupboard, but your workplace is full of treats. Co-workers have candy at their desk, you are asked to go out for lunch every day or someone brings donuts in daily.

Sure it is ultimately in your hands (literally) what you eat but having a supportive environment will make a world of a difference when trying to live a healthy lifestyle.

How do you create a supportive environment?

Well, at work you can pack all your dry snacks, nuts, seeds, even apples or other fruit and bring enough to work for the week. If you don’t have a place to store them you will have to pack a small cooler daily. Then ask your co-workers to join you in what you are doing. Make it a challenge to them. One month of coming to work prepared and not buying donuts. You are only helping them so don’t feel bad. Once they feel the benefits they will not want to stop.

At home the last thing you want to see is family get sick, have high blood pressure, diabetes or anything else. This is your chance to help everyone. What’s the simplest way to prevent disease and live a life full of energy? Eating real whole food. If it is your duty to take care of your family so start with what you can control. The food they consume. Follow the same steps we have been telling you. Don’t try to change everything at once. If they love their chips at night, then one night sneak in some veggie chips, then eventually slip a piece of fruit in with the chips. Then make more little changes as they adapt. Everyone will be healthier and happier.

You are the sum of the five people you surround yourself with. Look at your friends lifestyles or the people you spend the most time with. How do they eat, do they exercise? Does this rub off on you? Are you always eating poor and drinking more when you see them? You don’t have to cut them out of your life but maybe see them during the day to avoid the overeating and drinking or only once a week instead three times. Or even better, help them. Instead of going out to eat and drink just have dinner at home first then go for a drink or make a homemade dinner and have wine.

Making these changes will only help those around you. Do not feel guilty for trying to change their habits slightly because they will only live a healthier life. You will actually do them more harm by not helping. You know what to do, so now is the time to lead and help others, which is another way to solidify healthy habits into your life.