Have you ever received good advice that made sense but that you were unable to follow? Has your doctor ever recommended a lifestyle change that you found completely valuable yet unsustainable? Have you ever wanted something different for your life, but found you couldn’t achieve it alone? Did you know that there are over 100 diet books released every year and that in the United States alone the weight loss market alone is worth over 60.9 billion dollars?
In the face of those statistics how are you ever able to navigate the world of contradictory nutrition and lifestyle advice to determine what changes are necessary for you? Here's what I think! There's absolutely nothing keeping you from having the life and health that you've always wanted except for one tiny little thing. I want to teach you the easiest health secret that I know and that is the ability to make a choice for yourself that works. My job is to help you smash the gap between dietary dogma and delight, so let's make room for the impossible and see what happens next! A skinny state of mind has nothing to do with size or denial , but everything to do with health! Losing the weight that you want to is only one of the results and only then if you want it to be!
One of the most important things that I tell all of my clients is to set goals for themselves and make easily sustainable changes that will slowly improve their health and happiness. There is no one size fits all and needs are different for everyone. As an example I describe my diet as flexitarian. I generally eat a vegan diet 80 percent of the time and the other 20 percent of the time I let myself have whatever I want, within reason and always in small portions. This works very well for me. I'm a devoted foodie and I never thought that I could do this, but the changes that I've noticed in my health and my body are what continuously keep me inspired!
I always encourage my clients to cultivate a whole foods, whole body lifestyle. If you want to eat meat , fish or fowl, no problem. Eat out in fancy restaurants or diners? No problem! Even wine isn't off limits, nor dessert. Fast food? Probably not but if you wanted that you probably wouldn't be reading this article!
Many clients come to me with strict orders from their physicians to lose weight. Some don't even need to lose weight, but need help learning to eat in a way that helps them reduce their blood pressure or cholesterol. Many are in despair because of their diabetes. I don't tell them what to do, I seduce them into trying something new.
How do I do this? I teach them to how to choose to be successful creating a new lifestyle, because the reality is that for many of them life has been an endless circle of diet plans, unrealistic hopes and disappointments. Making a choice without creating any sort of story or drama around that success is a completely empowering act. Learning to make simple choices will radically improve your capacity to experience ongoing health and happiness. A choice that comes straight from the depths of your personal desires will help you discover the tools you can use to create lifetime of balance and joy. Choosing to lose weight or simply create a healthier lifestyle and relationship with yourself just because you can is empowering and exciting! It's also easier to do than you'd think. One of life's purest joys is giving yourself the blessing to taste, use and enjoy whatever you'd like, indulge yourself and love the results while denying yourself nothing, choosing only what you truly desire from the freshest and most compassionate sources. Food is sustenance for your body, nurturing for your soul and a wonderful way to connect deeply with your family and friends!
Food is fabulous and it's definitely not the enemy. Out of fear of failure we create all kinds of stories that keep food and experience at a distance; for example denying ourselves something occasionally that we really love because we believe that we haven't the willpower to resist. This can't this be healthy for anyone because it's a bit like biting off the hand that feeds you. No wonder our diets continue to fail.
The next time that you are faced with having to lose a few pounds or create a healthier lifestyle for yourself, I encourage you to try this simple exercise. Stop for a moment and ask yourself if you are truly ready to create these changes in your life. Listen to the answers and acknowledge yourself for having the courage to face them. Then toss away all of the past diet dramas with all of their previous disappointments and simply choose to do this because you can. I know that it's very hard to ignore the voices of the past , but treat yourself as if you have just this moment. We spend our lives making every little thing mean something, whether it should or not.
Doing this is as simple as choosing an ice cream cone flavor. Ask yourself which would you like, chocolate or butter pecan? If you are like most people you will choose a flavor; for example " I choose the chocolate" and if asked why you will have a reason such as "because I like it better or because its what I liked as a kid" or some version of all of that! Pay attention because these are the emotional stories that we tell ourselves that derail us every time. The real answer to the question is " I choose chocolate, because I choose chocolate". It's just another choice and keeping your choices as simple as possible insures that you will be able to choose your goals every time something or someone comes along to throw you off guard. I know from watching so many people that as you embrace a healthier and more fully expressed way of living that you'll drag everyone you know right along with you and I can't think of anything better than a healthy, delicious and self expressed world! Make a choice for yourself today that will leaves you completely alive and ready for anything and now that you know that the choice is yours, make the choice of courage. Always remember that you are everything you need to make the difference that you want. That's the real secret to your success!
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