Feelings of failure can sometimes creep to the surface when we do not stick to promises that we have made ourselves. They shouldn’t, because a gradual process is natural and OK.
Positive health and wellbeing is becoming a priority for more and more people as we realise that cancers and heart disease (for example) are not going to disappear by themselves. But too often, one will give up their quest for full health because they just cannot immediately stick to the mission.
Stop being so hard on yourself and realise that a full transition into a healthy lifestyle is not usually immediate. Here are some of the reasons:
- Building new habits takes continuous repetition, until finally it sticks. Essentially you are training your mind. Training takes practice!
- Successfully eating the right foods all of the time requires many of your hormones to rebalance once you’ve given up processed food and stress. Not until balance is reached will your body stop craving unhealthy foods and accept healthy food as its preference.
- Acquiring accurate and up-to-date nutritional knowledge takes time… a lot of time! And you can’t DO until you KNOW. AKA, knowledge is power.
Right there are three reasons off the top of my head, that developing a healthy lifestyle takes time. In fact, because of the knowledge factor, I reckon the development never stops. Research is always being updated (thank the mystical higher powers, because otherwise we’d all be doomed).
I, for one, am one-hundred-percent still developing my healthy lifestyle. For example I am very sure in my decision to stop using chemicals in my life (think beauty and cleaning products for starters). I have definitely taken steps towards this goal, but am still very much in the process of finding the right, affordable products (or homemade recipes) for me. I am also definitive in the fact I will eat healthy, real food for the rest of my life, but am still in the process of learning exactly what micronutrients I receive from each food source, and which ones are missing in the South Island, New Zealand environment that I live in. I’m figuring out whether I need to supplement any of these, and if so how much and when?
So if you have made a health goal, try not to stress if you make a few mistakes here and there and be open to development along the way. I would even argue that a gradual transition is more effective than an immediate one (if an immediate one is even possible), because it becomes embedded in your day-to-day life and is therefore sustainable. It shows that you are committed for the long haul. So, I reckon keep reading, listening, watching, sharing and learning, and commit to health for life!
By Franklee Healthy
A little message at the end: These blog posts are simply to help me process my own learning. I have no medical, health-science-y background… although I am studying towards a diploma of nutritional science, and I do my best to consult reliable research. If you see any info that doesn’t quite look right, then great! Comment away with your thoughts, because I would love to know more.