“I’m eating all the right things, but I don’t feel any better yet. What am I doing wrong?”
When you start a healthier lifestyle, there are a lot of other things that need to change than “just” what you eat.
For the sake of clarification, I’m not saying what you eat isn’t important – what you eat is the deciding factor of whether you improve your life or not. But there are a few factors that you may not be thinking about.
Today, I want to highlight 3 factors that might be the reason for you not feeling your absolute best just yet, although you’re doing “everything right”.
The concept of eating healthily needs to really click in your brain.
You need to understand, down to your last cell, that eating healthy is what you’re striving for, aiming for and need to do in order to feel your very best.
Let’s take an example we both understand to illustrate.
Let’s say you’re on a flight. After the fasten seatbelt light has been switched off after take off, the stewardesses start serving the food.
Airplane food. Within Europe, if you get anything at all, it’s usually just a snack; a sandwich or something of that category.
But, if you notice that they are serving something that doesn’t suit your healthier way of life, do you have to eat it? NO, of course not; you always have a choice!
I kindly, but firmly, rejected a vanilla bake thing that was served on a flight I took this week. I kindly asked to see the ingredients list, which even I was shocked about. Sugar was mentioned 7 (yes, S E V E N!) times in the ingredients list. It almost blew me away (or propelled me forward, not sure yet).
To this, I observed that most people either chose a Coca Cola or an orange juice. More sugar, how lovely. And then people wonder why they’re not feeling healthier, loosing weight or normalizing their blood sugars….
So, what choices do you have? I can think of 3 right off the bat:
a) Eat normally so you don’t have to snack in between/on the flight.
b) Be p r e p a r e d! Bring snacks you know are good for you, like nuts, fruit bars, dried meat, fruits or vegetables.
c) If both of the above fail you, just do better next time.
Ok., but how do you get to that mental clarity of that eating healthy is the only choice?
Give it a serious try.
For 2 or so weeks, make an effort to really eat healthily.
Your body will, slowly but surely, realize that the nutrients it has so desperately been looking for is in the “new” food you’re eating, wanting more of it and less of the old junk.
Deal with your emotions that are connected to food, through something like meditation, EFT tapping or contemplation. Remember, food is not a reward – you’re not a dog.
Secondly, your heart needs to play along, too.
But, apart from the possible risk of coronary heart disease, what on Earth does your heart have to do with eating healthy, losing weight and normalizing blood sugars.
The answer is a simple, four-letter word; LOVE.
You need to decide in your heart that you’re making a change. You need to want the change deep, deep down, as otherwise you might be half-assing your new way of life.
You need to love the weight off, you need to love your body for it to function properly, you need to show yourself (and your body!) how much you love it.
This is where self-love rituals are so amazingly important for a healthy life style.
Just don’t show yourself “love” by shoveling down a chocolate cake every day. That’s not love, that’s abuse.
What are self-love practices, are things like reading your favorite magazine, although you “should” be doing something else, it’s to give yourself time on your own, perhaps even in the form of an appointment at the spa. Or going for a long walk, a run or a yoga session. It’s to spend time with those you love, family and friends, or enjoying a big cup of your favorite tea.
As I already mentioned above; if you eat great, healthy, healing foods, your body will want more of them.
The reason for craving more bad foods when you eat bad foods (chocolate craving train, anyone?) is that your body is looking for the nutrients it’s not getting, so it wants more and more of said food, hoping to find a nutritional jackpot somewhere.
What our amazing body doesn’t recognize however is that there is very, very little nutritional value in an energy drink and chocolate croissant!
That’s up to you to re-teach your body, especially after years of abuse. Luckily, your body is an excellent student and a fast learner.
Your intestines need to learn how to re-recognize the good stuff that food has, and not only the processed stuff that leads to so many pains and troubles.
Antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, good carbohydrates, excellent proteins and amino acids and healing, yummy fatty acids are all stuff that an abused body and digestive system wouldn’t recognize at first.
Also, give it a little bit of time. Technically patience should be the 4th point of this blog post…
It’s taken years and years of abuse to get yourself, and your body, to this state (perhaps over weight, high blood pressure, high blood sugar etc are among the suspects on that list?) – it will not be resolved over night.
I really despise the word “diet” with a deeply rooted passion. And I can assure you that I would never (and you should never say that!) ever tell anyone to go on a diet.
What I do advocate is for you to find YOUR way of eating healthily. This doesn’t mean it’s the same for you as it is for your best friend, rather far from it sometimes, but it does mean that you can start at the same starting point and move forward in parallel directions.
So my tip for you today is: do not diet, get nutritionally wealthy instead.
It doesn’t matter what you eat, as long as it’s not nutritious enough, you’re starving yourself.
What step can you take today to make your life healthier? Or, do you recognize yourself in any of the three points above? Let me know in the comments!
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