Remodeling your diet can seem incredibly overwhelming. Especially when you have created habits of consuming particular foods it can feel impossible to think that you could change. I have had so many discussions with friends about particular bad habits and the result is always “It’s just too hard to give up” attitude. I completely empathize with this way of thinking because I too have been under this same spell of disillusion. Our American culture certainly doesn’t make it any easier with all the alluring advertisements and convenience of fast food. Even with the huge hype on “Clean Eating” and focus on raw foods, the majority is still trapped in their addiction to fake food.
I was able to break my bad habits due to miserable allergies. If i hadn’t been so uncomfortable the changes I have made would have seemed impossible. However, when I look back to the beginning of my transformation I realize that my process of eliminating foods was done in baby steps. I get a lot of questions about my process of weight loss, juicing, and healthy lifestyle and I find myself always giving the same advice. Take. It. Slow. I won’t water it down or make it seem effortless. It does takes commitment and incredible determination to battle your personal will but with all good things it takes time perseverance.
The other side of the battle that I find many, including myself, dealing with is trying to decide “Is this all worth it”? I too use to think that I wanted to enjoy the foods I ate and not feel that I was on some strict diet and completely unhappy. I was quite content with Dr. Pepper, runs to sonic, or any foods that were served to me through a little window, as my kids called our fast food runs. Never mind the fact that I was overweight, couldn’t control my portions, gassy, had little to no energy, laughed at exercise, struggled with allergies and stayed sick all during the winter months. I wanted to be happy even if that happiness lasted a short duration. In my mind attempting to eat healthy didn’t seem worth it.
But on the flip side of the equation, even as I write this, I can see where my failing health was taking me. I felt out of control and was only guided by my cravings. Continuing with no change my future would have held a handful of health issues and continued lack of desire for change. But In just 6 months I have lost almost 40 lbs, completely rid myself of allergies, have energy and focus, rarely suffer with digestive issues, I have a stronger immune system which allows me to avoid or bounce back fast from sickness and has empowered me to make other disciplined decisions like working out that I would have never been able to make before. I have never felt better in my life. It empowers me as a mom and gives me the ability to dream and do things i have wanted to do, like start a blog. For me, it’s absolutely been worth it! Disciplining this area of your life affects your behavior and your ability to make healthy decisions. Eating fake food not only takes a toll on your physical well being but also your mental and spiritual. I don’t miss soda’s and fast food. My taste buds have changed immensely and I am no longer addicted or controlled by my cravings.
So where do you start when your in over your head like I was? You start small. Take one addiction, one bad habit and put all your focus on it. For me, it all started with sugar. I focused on eliminating sugar from my diet. While this is a large hidden beast it is one that will jump start beating your addiction to fake food. Educating yourself on the effects of sugar can be truly motivating when you realize the effects it has on you.
Start your new year with a new commitment to live your life to it’s fullest. Don’t be controlled by fake food. Challenge yourself to new goals that you thought were impossible. Improve your health and realize that disciplining yourself grows every facet of who you are.