I’ve got a lady called Amy Lieberman to thank for this title – she shared her blog on this subject on one of the LinkedIn groups that I am a member of. It really resonated with me, and it comes to mind a lot when thinking about making positive changes to your diet and lifestyle.
What happens when you try to set yourself up to be perfect? The perfect diet, the perfect exercise program, the perfect body… whatever it is that you want to be perfect about your life. I’ll tell you what happens – life gets in the way, something or someone throws you a curveball, and suddenly all your plans are messed up. If you are looking for perfection in your diet, you might get so hung up on what it “should” be like that you never actually get round to making any changes. Is that you?
My advice in this situation – start small. What small change can you make today? This week? This month? Can you start to apply it consistently? If you apply one good habit consistently, you’ll start to make, and feel, a difference. So maybe add one good habit per week, or, if you are moving rather more slowly, one per month. What do you think will have happened by the end of the year? If you drop 3 things per month that no longer serve you, and adopt 3 good habits per month, then by the end of this year it’s quite possible that you will have turned your entire life around.
The good thing about starting small is that you are not going to get hit by the “deprivation” word. Trying to be perfect tomorrow is almost doomed to failure, because after all we are creatures of habit and it takes time for us to adopt positive, new habits. Think about adding, and stick with one good thing. Got a juicer? Commit to using it every day. Already juicing regularly? Upgrade the ingredients. Aim for more green. Add the large tray greens such as sunflower greens and pea shoots. Add the smaller green sprouted foods to your diet, such as alfalfa, red clover, broccoli and sango radish. Most supermarkets even sell these now, so there’s no excuse! If you want to upgrade your lifestyle in a really easy way that requires next to no effort, you can start using a whole foods supplementation regime (check this one out – this is what I use).
Aim for progress every day. Start now; get perfect later. Good, positive habits are invaluable from a health perspective and can last a lifetime. What can you do today that will help you to progress? What are you already doing that you would love to share? Do let me know – I’d love to hear from you!