“Nooooo! Talking about exercise was bad enough, but food and dieting? No way Jose! This is where I tune out!”
Never fear! I shan’t recommend your going on a rigid diet. This entire series is about baby steps and today, I simply want to encourage you to take one. Just one!
I won’t climb up on the soap box to preach about the important role nutritious food plays in our health, mental clarity and energy, how important it is to a life well lived!
Why won’t I do this thing I’m simply itching to do?
Most of us are already aware of our eating habits and know exactly what “should be” changed. Most often, the issue isn’t a lack of information or knowledge! It’s a lack of movement.
If having others into our home is going to become an important part of life, we must have the energy to do so. And food? Our food will either support or hinder these endeavors.
THE BABY STEP
Today, I encourage you to take one baby step toward a healthier body. Is there a particular food or drink that negatively affects your health? Something that drags you down? Most of us can pinpoint something!
Whatever that ‘thing’ is, let’s begin decreasing it!
Instead of having dessert every other day, cut sweets back to once a week. Maybe it’s coffee or wine consumption that affects your health? Drink 2 cups a day, instead of 6 (or whatever amount you crazy people consume!). Perhaps you are well aware that dairy doesn’t sit right in your stomach? Maybe it’s time to scale back!
That’s the baby step. Easy, right? You aren’t actually changing your diet, just moderating it.
REPLACING ‘LOST FOODS’ WITH SOMETHING HEALTHIER
Always replace the food/drink you gave up with a healthier alternative. This will cushion the change and help you form better eating habits. It’ll keep you on track as well!
Need something sweet after a meal? Choose fresh or frozen fruit! Missing your coffee? Find a hot tea you love and sweeten with honey or real maple syrup. Cutting back on cheese? Maybe apples with nut butter would be a good substitute!
I need to better manage the grain in my diet. Even organically raised, home-ground flour has negative effects on my body over a period of time. Poor digestion, weariness and rapid weight gain are the result and sometimes, even inflammation. Instead of completely cutting it out, I choose to limit myself. Twice a month I get to eat sourdough bread.
My replacement? I can eat lots of brown rice without adverse side effects. I love it and my body loves it! When the grain craving hits, I cook up a batch of brown rice, slather it in raw butter with a dash of salt and paprika!
BUILD FROM YOUR STARTING POINT
Over the course of the next month or two, after you’ve adjusted to the baby step, consider another area of your diet that has negative effects on your health. How can you implement mini-change in that area? Keep going until you feel your diet compliments and aids your health.
What will you choose for this month?
Let’s talk about one last personal life habit: part 8-finding someone to ground the charge!