Deciding to take your health in your own hands, is empowering, wonderful, and….it takes a lot of work.
Is that any surprise, though?
I mean, what in life that is of any real value does not require commitment, determination, and a little “sweat” factor?
Last night, we wrapped up our last class for Wellness 101 (until September when I will teach it again) and the ladies in this group were discussing some of the challenges they face in turning a new leaf, so to speak.
- Lack of familial support or outright criticism from friends or family
- Time, energy, or economic constraints–Just read these 10 books??! Yah right. Throw out all my refined, MSG, meat/dairy, preservative laden foods out the window and totally redo my pantry??! You wish. Not touch that cheesecake at my sister’s wedding?? I don’t think so. Spend $400 on a BLENDER!!! You’re out of your mind.
- Lack of available health foods (this for most people is more perceived than real–you can purchase fruits, veggies and other plant foods nearly anywhere in the U.S. and eating healthfully doesn’t have to require exotic vegan ingredients)
A common theme is that most people simply don’t know where to start. Yes, I can recommend a dozen good books for them to read, but what to do AFTER you read the books? It’s the practical application of the whole foods lifestyle that is most challenging for many people (this is why I think it’s imperative to take Wellness 101 or some such similar course and/or work with a health coach especially if you have special needs and/or don’t have a lot of support around you).
So what do you do? I’ve decided for the next few posts, I’m going to divulge some secrets. Like what EXACTLY is in my pantry. How I go grocery shopping. Where I shop. How much I spend on food. The secrets to successfully implementing this lifestyle and making it stick (and it does not require sheer willpower!!).
I know I addressed some of this in part a while ago, but there’s definitely more to be said on the subject. Because I understand, the learning curve is steep, but once you get over that hump (usually 4-6 months for most people who really commit themselves to learning and educating themselves), it’s life as usual, except better, because you’re trim and fit, have more energy, and you’re excited to be alive because you just feel good.