It’s the first week of January. A brand new year. You’ve got your resolutions in hand, or on your mind, and you promise yourself this is the year you’re actually going to achieve all of them! Are you? I’m not trying to be rude, just practical. It’s common for people to be excited about their resolutions on January 1st but want to run for the hills when they hear any word beginning with “res” by January 31st.
Discarding, forgetting, or ignoring resolutions can happen to anyone. Are you a procrastinator and don’t know how to begin taking steps toward your goals? Are you an overachiever and have so many, or such difficult, resolutions that the pressure of checking them all off your list makes you feel slightly queasy? Are you somewhere in between? Whatever your personality style, perhaps I can help with your nutrition and health goals.
I’ve trekked a gazillion miles on the roads called Nourishing Nutrition and Loving Food & Body, so I have some experience in these areas and can share what’s worked for me. Yes, it is only my point of view and not scientifically proven. But if someone like myself, who suffered severe food and body issues for over 10 years, could come to a place of health and happiness, I think you can too.
My philosophy to achieving optimal health and well-being can be stripped down to 3 simple steps:
- Choose better food.
- Choose better actions and behaviors.
- Choose better thoughts.
Why these three, and in this order?
Step #1: Choose better food.
I found that when I began eating better quality food, I felt and saw a difference in my body and mood. Seeing those changes encouraged me to make better choices (actions/behaviors). Eating nourishing food also elevated and stabilized my mood and energy level, so I was able to think clearly to make better choices more easily. Like they say, “You are what you eat.” Positive health changes begin with food.
Step #2: Choose better actions and behaviors.
When you’re eating well, you naturally want to continue on that healthy path by making positive choices of action and behavior. Like going to the gym regularly, reading instead of always watching TV, and cutting down the portion sizes of your meals. Small actions lead to big results.
Step #3: Choose better thoughts.
When I chose better actions and they became new behavioral habits, I noticed my thoughts and self-talk turned more positive, caring, and supportive. There’s also wisdom in the saying, “You are what you think.”
These three steps combine to transform your body, mind, and spirit into a house of health and well-being. Now wait, don’t concentrate on the big picture of total transformation at this point! You’re likely to have a panic attack or give up before you’ve started. All you should focus on is tackling one step at a time, starting with food. Don’t worry, I’m not leaving you on your own yet. In the coming weeks, I will break down each of these steps, providing examples and simple ways to improve your health and well-being.
Have any thoughts or questions about your nutrition or health goals? I’d love to hear from you!