Admit it…all of us have something wrong with us that we are trying to change. And this may not be a sickness–but it is something that bothers us and we think about it all the time.
For some of us we may think we are: too tall, too short, too thin, too hippy, no hips, big chest, little chest, thinning hair, hair in places you should not have hair…
But for others of us we have pain in our backs, our joints, our neck. We are tired all the time and irritable. We get headaches, our allergies flare up–and not in a pretty way. We feel like the flu is coming on or maybe a cold. We are just not sure but we know something is wrong–so we go to the doctor.
And the doctors run tests, they check us over and they give us the diagnosis: there is nothing wrong with us. Perhaps we are just over tired, stressed out. Get some exercise they say and try to eat better and they send us on our way.
Sometimes we believe them and go home–relieved–that we don’t have anything–even though we feel like we have something.
Sometimes we don’t believe them because we feel so lousy. So we go for a second opinion, or we seek out a nutritionist, a health coach, a trainer to whip us up into shape again.
There is a whole industry around fixing what is making us feel sick–but we overlook the most basic healer of all–ourselves!
We are the ones that made ourselves–and sometimes our families–feel sick. And luckily, according to the doctor, we are not sick–with a real diagnosable illness yet.
But if we keep doing what we are doing we are certainly headed for the lifestyle diseases: diabetes, heart conditions, allergies, obesity, IBS, etc.
Some of us have these things but not to a level that shows up on the tests yet–just to a level in which makes us feel miserable because we know exactly what we are doing to our bodies.
Why did we do this to ourselves? Well because it is easy and because it becomes an addiction.
Look in your pantry–if it looked anything like mine a few years ago–it is probably filled with boxes and bags, cans, jars and bottles. An abundance of food for our in a hurry, have to run out the door, lives.
If we start reading the labels on this abundance we will begin to realize why we feel so bad. And when I say we are addicted, I am really not kidding.
We are addicted to sugar, to caffeine, to salt and a host of other things–including an addiction to getting our meals on the table quickly so we don’t have to waste time.
And these addictions are bad, because not only are they hard to break, but day after day, they contribute to even higher and more instense desire for the stuff that makes us feel sick.
This is what I did to get on the road to recovery in 2 steps, this was not easy and I struggle still but I am really starting to see the benefits.
1) I cleaned out my pantry and my refrigerator.
This happened in waves. First and easiest–I took out everything that was expired or had been opened and abandoned and had gone bad.
Second, and to my shame, I ate the foods that were still good until we were out of them. I just could not throw things out.
Third, I stopped buying the stuff that is not good for us. I started with chips and cereals, cookies, processed, boxed and canned goods etc. You get the picture.
This process took me about 18 months. Mostly because there would be days when the sugary, processed, crunchy, salty fake buttery goodness stuff would find its way back into my home.
2) I started buying and making good foods.
The hardest part and my continued struggle today is finding good ideas for good meals that are interesting and tasty and easy to make. For example, eggs are good for us and I love eggs but I cannot have eggs in every meal.
Plus I still like easy, fast meals to prepare and eat on the go!
I am continuously learning about nutrition to incorporate the best balance for me and my family.
I have discovered protein drinks and shakes (and after trying everything on the market I could find–found a brand that works well for me!)
Now I am reworking all my recipes, and watching my portion size. I’m still in Step 2.
But already I feel (and see) the benefits of these changes. I feel better, I have lost weight, I have more energy–many of my aches and pains have gone away.
And I did this myself! I am healing myself by learning and changing for the better. It did not happen overnight, but it did happen–I did it and so can you!
What challenges do you have in making the dietary changes you need to change the symptoms that ail you? Drop me a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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