12/6/2018 0 Comments
It's not just me, right? Making changes to eating habits and lifestyle is difficult. You're fed up with how you feel. You're serious about wanting to change. You come up with a plan that seems reasonable and achievable and a few weeks or months later you're right back where you started wondering what went wrong. We've all been there. Most of us more than once. And it's frustrating and demoralising and just gives us one more reason to feel bad about ourselves.
So why is it so hard, and how can we make it easier?
There are a multitude of different challenges that we can face as we try to make changes to our diet or lifestyle habits, but the biggest underlying issue for most people is trying to dive straight into the physical changes without taking the time to do the mental work first.
We all know that our mind can be both our best friend and our worst enemy. It allows us to learn, think, create and express, see potential and feel excitement for what we can do. But just as it can imagine exhilarating possibilities it can also envisage devastating failure and fill us with feelings of fear and doubt. And all of that within 30 seconds!
Everything in life is easier when your mind is on your side. What that means in practical terms is that before you embark on the physical execution of ANY project it is wise to spend some time on mental preparation.
This is especially important when it comes to complex issues like changing eating and lifestyle habits.
We have physical, emotional and psychological attachments to food. Eating is of course a basic human need, but in most societies it is also much more than that; it is also a social activity. It is family dinners, workplace morning teas, coffee with friends, drinks after work. It is weddings, birthday parties, and family holiday gatherings.
Deciding to change how and what you eat isn't just about the actual food changes. It will also affect the way you interact with others. It is difficult. But it is SOOOO worth it when you get the results!
You can do this!
Take time before you start to get really clear on WHY this is important to you. WHAT you will gain from being successful on this journey. HOW you will feel better as a result. Start listening to your body. Let it tell you what makes it feel good and what weighs it down. Focus less on what others have to say about what works and what doesn't, about what you should and shouldn't do, and more on what your body is telling you makes it feel good and what doesn't.
Our 29-day health and wellbeing reboot programme 'Remembering Wellness' can support you on this journey. It is a guided journey of self-discovery to set yourself up for success with that upfront mental preparation. It is about breaking through old conditioned behaviours and creating the new habits you need in order to reconnect with your body's innate wisdom. It includes some information on nutrition and exercise and some mindfulness techniques for managing stress, but it is primarily about helping you to get to know yourself so that you can take responsibility for creating your own optimal health. Now exclusively available as an ebook from Amazon.com. You can check out a free preview here.