Once you implement the healthy eating practices, we’ve talked about over the last nine weeks, they’ll become second nature, and they won’t feel like work.
Shopping, preparing food in advance, even occasional fasting, will become more of a ritual. You won’t even think about it. It’ll just be the way you do things.
Lastly, I want to remind you to have fun along the way. Being overly strict or rigid with your eating will create unnecessary stress.
In This Post:
- How to not sabotage your health building efforts with fear and stress
- How to use strategic cheating with your eating.
Don’t let Fear Rule the Day
Embracing a healthy way of life is a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t freak out if you slip up on a meal or two. Most of all, don’t be too rigid. A little flexibility goes a long way.
One of the things I’ve noticed in the natural health world is that many people suffer with fear. There’s: fear of getting poisoned, fear of government regulations, fear of disease, fear of sunlight, fear of fast food, fear of chemical toxins etc. etc.
I would argue that the stress produced by fear and anxiety can be more harmful than a poor diet. Don’t let this happen to you.
Yes, of course, do what you can to avoid toxins and eat quality food, but don’t allow the stress induced by being too rigid, to negate your health building efforts.
You haven’t completely blown it and ruined months of effort with a single meal, or even from a couple of days binging on junk food. Just get back to your regular way of eating as soon as possible.
In fact, when it comes to food, I would suggest that an occasional cheat is a good thing. It serves to help keep our sanity and sense of humor throughout the process. If you love chocolate cake, go ahead and enjoy it once and a while.
I enjoy ice cream. A couple of times a month or so, I have a big bowl with hot fudge and bananas. This doesn’t mean I’m a bad person or that I’ve done something so off the charts that I may as well give up.
Quite the contrary is true. I know I eat well most of the time. This way, I’m not holding myself to some unrealistic, rigid, stress-producing standard. This would be counterproductive to my health.
So, don’t forget to have fun … and bon appetit.
- Fear can sabotage your healthy eating efforts.
- Use strategic cheating
- Don’t freak out if you fall off the healthy eating wagon. Just get back on quickly.
- Have an occasional cheat. It’s good for the soul.
Yours in Health,