I like to ask my clients what they can do for themselves to help them reach their health goals. They immediately answer with things like “exercise more, eat better, lose weight” and I think it’s because these are the things that are constantly pushed upon us by society, science, the media, whoever.
So the problem to better health is not having the answer. We hear the “answers” constantly.
The problem is that we don’t know exactly how to implement the answer.
But don’t worry. We really only need two things to start:
- a few basic pieces of information (knowledge)
- a little bit of desire to try new things (sense of adventure)
What is the knowledge we need to change our health?
So many places to begin… But I think the best place to begin with a health change is to examine what we are eating. What we eat changes so much about us. A great place to start for eating knowledge gathering is in a teeny little book written by Michael Pollan called Food Rules. It’s a quick and easy read. Not difficult to digest (that was a pun! ha!) and written in pretty simple language.
And of course there is always the internet if you’re up for an information buffet.
But in the spirit of keeping it simple for those of us who like simple, the real piece of knowledge you need is this:
Eat real food.
Can’t really get simpler than that. But, hey, if you’re like I was when I started on this journey, you don’t really know that the tasty stuff coming from the box of instant-dinner-whatever isn’t real food. Back then I was only concerned with eating something yummy that was quick to cook, and the subsequent patting myself on the back for being able to prepare a meal in one skillet in less than 30 minutes. So if a more personal touch is desired, you can join me on Wednesday, April 30 at 7pm EDT for a one hour, free online webinar about Whole Foods: A How To (the foods, not the store). We’ll chat about what real, whole foods are, and how we can continue to still eat things that are yummy. We don’t even have to sacrifice quick or use all of our pots, pans, and time. You can get more information here.
Which leads straight to number two: Sense of Adventure
To make any changes in your life you have to be open to change. Yeah, self explanatory, I know, but not always completely evident to all of us. So when we want to embark on a new journey in search of any goal whatsoever, we have to have a bit of a sense of adventure. Because, guess what? We’ll be trying something new. So, simply stated:
Try something new.
Changes are always going to be just that by definition: something new. Maybe sometimes those changes lead us back to something we were doing before, but honestly, if we’re unhappy or unsatisfied at this time, it’s often because what we’ve been doing isn’t working for us. Do not be afraid to try out a new adventure. We have to live while we are living. It’s the only chance we have.
So if trying something new manifests itself as taking that dance class you’ve been dreaming about or simply hanging out with me during my webinar, just jump in. Our journey begins with the first step we take.