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Where Do I Start?

Apr 20, 2016
Category: General

A comment I hear regularly is "I could never do what you did".

Well guess what?  You don't have to.  My drastic overnight lifestyle change was brought about by gallbladder disease.  I had got to the stage of being frightened to eat as it might bring on an attack and neccesitate having to take morphine to control the pain.  In a way, I had it easier.  Every time I was tempted to eat some fatty junk food, I had to weigh up the consequences of doing that.  Did I want to eat those fish and chips/pizza/potato chips/packet of chocolate biscuits etc and suffer severe pain or not eat it and not have the pain?  The memory of the pain was enough to stop me reaching for that food.

I don't think anyone would disagree that as a nation, we are getting fatter.  Junk food is more readily available than ever before.  Food manufacturers are skilled at providing just the right amount of salt, sugar and fat to make us crave these foods and have us coming back for more.  We either continue to support these manufacturers by purchasing their products or we take a stand and choose who we give our hard earned cash to.

If you are generally in good health and don't suffer from heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or another predominantly preventable lifestyle disease, I suggest you start slowly.  Rather than thinking "I can never eat cheese/steak/biscuits etc ever again, take the stress out of it and start by changing one thing only.  What you change is up to you, it's your life and you need to do what is sustainable for you.  If you normally have toast and jam with a coffee or two for breakfast, try swapping that out for brown rice porridge (see my last blog post for what I do).  Do this for a few weeks without changing anything else until you are comfortable with the change and it becomes a normal thing to eat.  Or maybe you eat a packet of chocolate biscuits while watching TV in the evening.  Change that out for a fruit platter.  Make sure you have fresh fruit on hand and slice it up, put it on a nice platter or in a bowl and enjoy.  Do this until eating fruit in the evening instead of biscuits becomes routine.  Once you are completely comfortable changing out one meal or snack, look at which one you want to change next.  Take your time as the success is in what you do long term rather than a radical change that you can't sustain for more than a few days.

Remember, if you are aiming for perfection, you are doomed to fail.  We are all human and fall off the path we have set ourselves for any number of reasons.  If this is you, accept you have done something that takes you away from your healthy lifestyle goals and get back on track.  

Good luck with your journey, your body will thank you for each step you take towards a healthier lifestyle.

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