How To Stay Committed To Your Health

Posted by on May 11, 2014 in Food and Nutrition, Health Tips | 0 comments

How To Stay Committed To Your Health

True kindness has no calories. True kindness is deciding right now that you deserve to respect and honor yourself — here, today, no matter what.  When you make your food choices with that sort of kindness, your whole life becomes a feast.”- Geenen Roth

We all know the basic rules to being healthy and losing weight. Eat less, exercise more and incorporate more whole foods into out diet (or at least that is the simple way to look at it).  So why is that the weight loss industry is a billion dollar business? Companies spend millions and millions luring you to try the latest diet (low carb, high protein, low fat, no fat, you name it) with promises that this will (finally!) be the solution—your shortcut to a thinner body.

The ironic thing is that most diets set us up for failure from the beginning. Our culture touts diet pills, celebrity workouts, convenience foods and trendy diets to help us achieve our desired weight, but these quick-fix solutions have backfired. America’s population has reached its highest weight in history. The World Health Organization estimates that nearly two-thirds of all American adults are overweight and 34% of Americans are clinically obese.

Why? What Has Happened Here?

Diets don’t work because each person is unique, with different needs based on gender, age, ancestry and lifestyle; how could one diet be right for everyone? Diets don’t work because they are extreme solutions. Diets don’t work because they are too restrictive.

People who fail on diet plans are not flawed or weak.

Diets by nature require discipline and restriction at levels that are unsustainable by a healthy human body. Most people are disconnected from why they gain weight and see diet as the only culprit. For example, ignoring or discounting emotions is often the first thing to cause weight imbalances.

So What Can We Do About This?

Get Rid of the Excuses

We all have excuses. The most common ones being, I don’t have time, it’s never going to work so why bother. I am too fat anyway. It’s really hard for me to lose weight. I don’t have any willpower. The list goes on and on. I encourage you to think of all your most common excuses. Write them down and make a list. Then call yourself out on them. Excuses are just our own way of self-sabotage and they hold us back. If we keep using excuses to hold us back we will continue to stay stuck.

Think About Your Why

Ask yourself what it is that you want to change and WHY? Losing weight is not specific enough. Perhaps it’s that you want to feel better about your body or feel sexier in your skin. Maybe you want to fit into your clothes better or get into better physical shape. The more specific you are, the better. Once your intention is clear and you know what your WHY is, write it down and post it somewhere you will see everyday. For example: “I want to feel sexier in my skin and be more confident about my body.”

Love Yourself

Get rid of the negative self-talk. Are you a perfectionist, always saying “I am not good enough”? Having a negative opinion about ourselves can have a huge impact on who we are and what we do. Before we can attempt to change our negative habits we need to love and accept ourselves just as we are, flaws and all. How can you choose to love yourself today?

Be Positive

Positive thoughts lead to positive actions. Ask yourself how do I WANT to feel? If you want to feel good then think good thoughts. When you put positive thoughts into the universe and follow through with positive actions you will see positive results. Begin each day with a loving positive thought about yourself and your life! “I accept myself and create peace in my mind and heart.”

Practice Patience

Any lifestyle change you make to accomplish your goals will take time. In order to make positive changes that last a lifetime we must do it slowly. This requires patience.Everyone loses weight at different rates. If we give up or lose motivation we will never achieve our goals. It takes hard work and discipline, but it also takes time. Life is long, what’s the rush?

There is no Such Thing as Failure

We all think that if we don’t lose weight or enough weight or even stick with our diet long enough that we are a failure. Failure is just an opportunity for growth. With every mistake comes a chance to learn. If you are struggling or having a hard time or find yourself giving up, return to your WHY and ask yourself if  the risk is worth the reward. Is what your doing worth a little hard work, determination and letting go? Aren’t you worth it?

Unfortunately there is no such thing as a quick fix; you already have everything you need to know. With careful thought and loving reflection, you can feed yourself in a nourishing way. Working with your body rather than against it will bring you increased energy, stabilized weight and sustainable health.

Given half a chance, your body will balance out by itself, but this is only possible by getting out of the diet mentality and listening to what you truly need. Imagine taking all of the time you spend thinking about diets, food, fads and gimmicks and turning it inward, so that you can listen to your heart and inner wisdom. What are you going to do with all that extra time? Write to me and let me know!

 

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