Making the switch to Whole Foods (+ top tips for creating change)

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Oh boy, the time has come.

Over the last few years as I have been gradually peeling back the layers of fear, self-doubt and self-sabotage, something has been niggling in the back of my mind.

The little voice in my head.

*Ahem* "Don't you think you should do something about this?"  "Isn't it time for this to change".

Time after time I have pushed it to the back of my mind - my ego has justified my actions with excuses such as:

"Yeah, yeah, I will get to it. There are more important things to straighten out 

or

"Ok, I will give it a go but I am not making any promises"

or

"Life is hard right now, I need to go easy on myself"

Oh man, that last one is complete Bulls*it. Seriously, using self-care as an excuse not to look after myself?  I could hang my head in shame.

Here's the big lesson. The thing you are resisting the most is the thing you need to straighten out, NOW. Full stop.

If you are putting off your Yoga or Meditation practice, get back into it - even if it is only 5 minutes a day for now. If you are avoiding working on your book, start by writing just 500 words each day. If you are procrastinating about hiring a coach or signing up to an online program, just send the email or press the button.


For me, it's about making a commitment to my health.

In recent years, so much work has gone into turning inwards and getting my mind and spirit into alignment, but my health has been left trailing behind. The reason for this is a simple one - it takes me very much out of my comfort zone.

But, the time has come. I can no longer ignore the call - I no longer want to be depleted of energy, unable to fully live out this life I am creating for myself.

Let me be very clear here, this is not about losing a few pounds or looking trimmer. This is about turning inward and changing my entire relationship with food. It is about choosing what goes into my body with intention. It is about  healing. It is about alignment.

My history with food is not a great one. Years of on and off dieting, surviving on ready meals or takeout, partying, hangovers and satisfying cravings.  I have tried cutting out carbs, a low calorie diet, slimming classes, you name it. All resulted in losing weight but I was never healthy.

It's time for a change. I am a firm believer that in order to commit to change, you have to really want it. Not just think you want it, not because it's expected of you but because you have a genuine deep-rooted desire to try things in a different way.  And that's where I am today.


MY PLAN

Over the last month I have done my homework. I have researched various options, diets and recommendations by health professionals. And I have come to a big conclusion.

I don't like following the rules.

I do believe in being intuitive and intentional.

And then between writing this post and publishing it, I read this post by the gorgeous Tara Bliss. And I made a crystal clear decision to drop the 'shoulds', the expectations and the guilt and to do what feels right to me. What works for my body.

So here's my plan:

To kickstart things, I am going to undertake the Whole30 challenge for April. The principles sit well with me (if you have never heard of it, you can find out more on the Whole30 website). I'm all about choosing natural, good quality produce and dropping all processed goods.  Filling my body with nutrients, not chemicals.

Choosing to do a prescribed, easy to follow 'diet' (I hate that word), is the best option for me if I am to make lasting change in this area. I need it to be as easy as possible for it to stick. That's just how I roll.

After the 30 days I can see that I will probably add a few things back in, nothing major - just a few extras such as the occasional 'healthier' grain. But I am very much approaching this with an open mind and a willingness to listen to my body. In other words I am showing up with the belief that the right option will present itself to me. 

Alongside changes to my diet, I am making a bigger commit to moving my body. I am joining a Yoga class to compliment my home practice and I am intentional about getting outside more often.

The most surprising thing (and indicator it is the right move for me) is that I am excited about trying a new way. And more importantly, my excitement is bigger than my fears about stepping out of my comfort zone.


TOP TIPS FOR MAKING LASTING CHANGE

If you are looking to make a change, in any area of your life, here are my top 3 tips for success: 

1. MAKE A DECLARATION

Blog about it, Tweet it out or tell your partner, family, friends. Let someone know what you are doing so that you become accountable. Ask a loved one to check in with you and to cheer on your process. The simple process of declaring your desire to change will lead to the opening of doors to help you get there. I promise you that. 

2. MAKE A PLAN, THEN JUST DO IT

I often work with clients who have tried to make change previously, but it hasn't stuck. More often that not, it's because they hadn't properly prepared. Make a plan, gather everything you need before introducing a new habit or changing a current one. 

Then just get on with it. 

Seriously, there is only so much planning you can do before it becomes procrastination. 

Just. Start. Now. 

3. DO A COST ANALYSIS

Spend a while thinking about what you will lose by staying the same. Break out your journal or meditate on the following questions...

  • If things stay the same, what will you miss out on? What experiences, dreams and desires will you lose out on by not making the change?
  • What would happen if you did nothing? 

I hope if you are looking to make a change, this post has some value to you. 

I would love to hear your experiences - whether you have a health related goal like me, or you are focused on another area.  Leave a comment below and declare the changes you are making.