Many of us want to make positive changes in our lives but find it hard to get motivated to start.
When it comes to creating change we have to ignite the fire in the belly and ask our self: “Why do I want to create change in my life”? The reason must be powerful enough to inspire and motivate you, like seeking out a Dentist for a severe tooth ache or a Naturopath for help with psoriasis.
We are motivated by our experiences of dissatisfaction and pleasure to take action in our current situation. It is our experiences that shape our answer to this question- “I want to create change because I feel like crap and I don’t like!” Our experiences can therefore shape our current behaviours, and whether our experiences are positive or negative may motivate us to change our behaviours or stay the same.
Driven by the dissatisfaction or disharmony of our experiences, we may decide to take action and change our behaviours to bring about fulfillment, harmony and balance into our lives. With some training and awareness you may start to realize that life is a journey of self-mastery.
So what has to do with food? Everything!
In some cases food can be a short term pleasure with long term imbalance, such as obesity, diabetes and addiction to caffeinated beverages.
Our love of food represents much more than mere sustenance and our food choices are guided by more than just hunger. It’s about our connection to family/friends, religion and cultural experiences. Food is intertwined into many aspects of our lives, celebrations, holidays, birth and in death. Ultimately, if you’re unhappy with the food choices you’re making then it’s time to consider these social and environmental aspects when answering the question “why do I want to create change in my life”?
Our overwhelming desire for foods that are experiential has led to the emergence of state of “foodtopia” seen as abundance, indulgence and excess. Food Food Food and more Food!
Our “foodtopian” society has resulted in an explosion of choice and availability, which is both a blessing and curse. Food is revered for its ability to heal on one hand and a catalyst for disease on the other.
What if food was impacting your state of being? Without any utterance of the “D” word (diet), food can serve to impede change/motivation. I have observed this phenomena in my own life with particular foods. I found that by removing foods such as wheat, yeast, sugar, dairy I started to think differently. I was working with a Chilean Nutritionist about 10 years ago who noticed I became depressed and experienced mood swings when eating wheat. WOW! This was news to me, no one talked about this at college.
So what if you are trying to create change in your life but the food you’re eating is betraying your body and causing an imbalance in your brain chemistry affecting your moods and emotions. Holy Cow Batman this could revolutionize your state of wellbeing. I am waiting for the personal development industry to jump all over this topic. I have a saying that I use in our practice, dirty fuel on the gut = dirty fuel in the brain! As coach and a Naturopath/Nutritionist I have transformed my entire life through eliminating a few foods from my life. When I don’t do it, I soon know about it pretty quickly. So, “why do I want to create change in my life?” so that I continue to improve my moods, emotions and state of being! And it’s a circle- With improved state of being I can continue to make positive changes in my life with more ease.
Getting started can be as simple as having a food allergy assessment done, in conjunction with our gut rejuvenation program. All you need to create change in your life is the right strategy with professional support to keep you on track and fired up.
Is the Paleo Way of eating really the best approach for your health? As the debate rages on, I am going to add my 2 cents, well I am probably going to give you $10 bucks worth actually. So hang in there as we all aboard the paleo train.
Why chuck my 2 cents into the ring, well because I have philosophy that’s opposed to sticking to a diet regime of any type. Please don’t get me wrong I am not about to suggest you be complacent about foods, it’s more about food quality and foods that work for you!
In recent episodes of Channel 7’s Sunday Night show that follows Mike Willesee and Pete Evans on the paleo journey. After 10 weeks with the help of Pete Evans, Mike Willesee has remarkably achieved great results while following the paleo diet, which is awesome achievement on Mike’s part.
So Paleo or not to Paleo, so let’s look at some factors to consider:
I really do like a lot of aspects of the paleo diet, but are there considerations that need to be considered before making the switch.
Lastly I don’t believe in diets, I believe in REAL WHOLE FOODS! I much prefer to choose foods on the following basis:
The question I want you to ponder is this diet really for me?
Tools: Mortar & Pestle, Spiralizer
Ingredients: 1 Large Zucchini, 2-3 Average Size Chilli’s, 1 Limes Juice, Coriander, Sea Salt, 100gr of Tuna and Olive Oil
Method: Place Chilli’s into Mortar and Pestle and pulverise, add salt as desired and olive oil and mush together. Allow Oil to infuse for 10-15minutes then pour over tuna and allow to rest. Using a spiralizer, turn zucchini into spaghetti.
Place Zucchini and Tuna together, the adding the limes juice and coriander last. Mix through and serve. Enjoy!
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