For years now, nutrition has been a passion of mine. I am continually reading and educating myself on all things nutrition. I love how our bodies were created and how we each possess the power and ability within us to heal ourselves. Even Thomas Edison said "The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease." The father of medicine, Hippocrates, was so right when he said "Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." What wisdom they had so many years ago yet as a society, we have failed to allow our body to heal itself because we fail to give it the proper tools to do so.
If you want to make a permanent change, you have to make it a priority. This requires discipline and motivation - just like the pedals on a bicycle: when discipline is low, motivation must be high and vice-versa. However, there are always distractions that come up that keep you from your goal. In order to keep these distractions from taking you off course, you must decide in advance how you will tackle them head on. Here are some tips to help you prioritize:
- Make a list of why a healthier lifestyle is important to you. Be specific and include goals like reversing illness, more energy, weight-loss, etc. Keep this list accessible and read it every day - two or three times a day.
- Renew your commitment each day to your lifestyle change until it's engrained in your brain. You may have to do this two or three times a day as well.
- Challenge yourself to learn one new thing a day (or week) about nutrition by reading articles, subscribing to a blog or checking out the resources available here.
- Plan ahead for the things that can take you off course. If you're going to a party where there will be no good food choices, then eat something healthy before you arrive and munch on the veggie tray when you get there. Or, before you go out to eat, look at the menu online and decide beforehand what you will order and be prepared to tell the waiter to ask the chef to make it according to your specifications.
- Keep a journal detailing your progress, challenges, failures, feelings, etc.