My wife and I are huge fans of the Blue Zone initiative! We both feel our lifestyles have improved a lot in the short amount of time we’ve been working our Blue Zone pledges. Our biggest success so far is we changed our eating habits dramatically just by eating smaller portions and eating healthier food. It’s amazing how quickly we started to feel the positive impact on our health both physically and mentally by making some changes in our daily eating habits. The changes are not that complicated but as we all know it is so easy to return to old habits, which we still do on occasion but definitely with less frequency. We found that doing this pledge together and keeping each other honest has helped us to stay committed to eating healthier and fighting old habits.

So here are some of the changes we made in our kitchen that have been working for us. Eating smaller portions was the first hurdle we tackled. We have four daughters and are almost empty nesters but we are so use to making large meals on a regular basis that the habit is imprinted in our brains. We only have one at home now but we were still buying groceries and making large meals as if all four still lived at home, which was a hard habit to break when we have been doing this for years! That being the situation, we set some goals to buy fewer groceries and make smaller meals. So far we have stayed committed to this goal and saving some money to boot!

The other change we made in the kitchen was to pre-plate the food instead of putting all the food right in the center of the dinner table, which again is an old habit from the big family meals. This was an easy change to make and right away noticed the difference in how much we ate. The other benefit of not consuming large meals at night is we get a better night’s rest and better prepared to tackle a new day.

The other goal we set was to eat healthier foods, which has been a bigger challenge but making progress. Again, old habits took us to the same grocery store, same aisles, same foods, preparing the same meals, etc. I’m sure I could do this in my sleep! It’s amazing how hard it is to break out of this rut and try something different and better. Hard as it was, we have been exploring other stores that offer healthier foods and having some fun with it, especially on Sundays when the store is handing out samples!

For my wife and I, adopting the Blue Zone pledge has helped not only improve our quality of life, but it’s renewed our commitment to leading healthy lives.