I believe so much of your success when it comes to making lifestyle changes that last comes down to perspective. This is something I learned for myself after years of trying to avoid the “bad” foods but only wanting them even more because they were “off limits.” It’s classic want what you can’t have. Basically, we’re all still toddlers deep down inside.
The game changer: When I started focusing and getting excited about all the foods that I CAN and should be eating. Instead of making it about “eliminating processed food” and “not eating sugar” I started appreciating whole foods and cooking more and finding the fun in trying new vegetables and learning new and interesting ways to prepare them that below myself and others away with how delicious they could be.
My personal experience has shaped my philosophy that it’s so much easier to, as I call it, “add in to crowd out.” The idea is you only focus on adding in as many whole, real foods - vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes, lean protein… and you’ll naturally crowd out the not-so-healthy stuff.
Gradually, your tastebuds shift, you get used to the crunch from carrots versus chips and you start feeling the difference too. This part is key.
That’s the other big a-ha I had. When you connect the dots between the food and how it’s making you feel, the choice become a no brainer.
That part happens gradually too… we’ll get to more on that over these next four weeks.
All you need to focus on here in week one is adding in.