I’ve talked a lot lately about health issues and how diet plays a big part in these, but this week I want to get back to a few basics.
I’ve immersed myself in this world of health and wellness for the last few years and it’s sometimes easy to forget how far I’ve come. It didn’t happen overnight that’s for sure. It has taken a lot of research and in all honesty it’s likely to always be an ongoing process. We, as people, evolve and so do our lifestyles, the foods that suit us, our exercise regime – what may have suited us 5 or 10 years ago, may not suit us now.
What’s more, there are so many myths and truths surrounding food and exercise that we don’t really know how to tell them apart. It’s incredibly overwhelming to know you need to make changes but don’t know how! You’re trying to eat your five portions of fruit and veg, whilst making sure you get in some grains, topped up with a bunch of seeds and nuts. You’re trying to balance your protein and your carbs then wash it down with a home-made smoothie or a juice in between that essential gallon of water. You’re on a guilt trip because the kids are eating crisps in front of the TV and your perfect neighbour relishes in telling you that she makes all her food from scratch with not an additive in sight, after she’s been for her 5k run… bitch! And then there’s the cost of it all…. aaargghhh!
STOP! Seriously, who do you think you are… some kind of superhero??
You’ve developed bad habits over a number of years, your weight has crept up over a number of years, your health issues have likely developed over a number of years – so don’t think you should be able to suddenly change these habits of a lifetime overnight!
Small consistent action is what’s going to turn your health and your life around. Small steps like swapping one coffee a day for a glass of water. Small steps like swapping to whole grain pasta. Small steps like trying out a new recipe. Small steps like dancing to your favourite song each day. The list is endless.
Taking small consistent action regularly will lead to big changes pretty fast because it won’t be so hard, it won’t be overwhelming and you won’t be expected to make huge leaps. Instead you’ll find it achievable, interesting and you’ll be motivated and excited by it.
What I’m trying to say is commit to making changes, but know that whatever small changes you make are still better than making no changes at all. Know that you are being and doing enough in that moment and work to build on that.
Imagine this… you make 2 small changes each week for 12 weeks….
That’s 24 new, good habits you’ve adopted. And by introducing 24 good habits, you’ve likely crowded out 24 bad ones! That’s huge in just 3 months! But if I’d said to you, “right, from now on you’re going to change 24 things about how you eat, drink and exercise”, you’d go into meltdown! No my friends, small baby steps is what will get you to where you want to be and keep you there.
And a final note on this subject. Even when you’ve got this, when you’ve given your diet an overhaul and you’re peeling pretty damn proud of yourself, life will get in the way and try to trip you up! Birthdays happen, holidays happen and work happens. Don’t worry, the occasional indulgence is okay and you don’t need to feel bad about it! It’s what you do for 90% – 95% of the time that is fueling your body, maintaining your energy and your health… the remainder, well that’s a buffer to allow you to get on with enjoying life when being perfect in the kitchen just isn’t an option!
I hope this has helped you understand that this is achievable for everyone, no matter your current weight or health status. I’d love to hear from you below or via Facebook or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know what your plans are to make changes to your diet or exercise regime.
Have a great week!