I am a firm believer that change of any sort, whether it be in business or in your personal life is about long term, sustainable difference. This means that I loath fad diets, extreme weigh loss programs, life changing weekends and quick fixes. If you want to live a congruent life, if you want to be healthy, if you want to change your current lifestyle (whether this be principally to get ahead at work, or improve your current personal life) you need to change the way that you think. Your brain makes all of the difference and when these changes are voluntary they are slow and the result of consistent effort.
Making consistent change is about small, incremental steps that, over time, result in different thought patterns and habits emerging.
A good example of this is diet, if you eat poor quality, highly processed food on a regular basis then this is very likely to have a detrimental impact on your health. The levels of salt and sugar in these foods is very high and the nutritional value is seriously suspect! Changing these dietary habits can happen, just change one thing a week. Start with your breakfast and choose to eat whole foods to start every day.
Whole foods are, “food that has been processed or refined as little as possible and is free from additives or other artificial substances”.
This means that breakfast cereal is out and fresh food that you have to prepare is in. Leave the rest of your daily food intake the same for a while and just start with Breakfast. I have an opinion on the best way to start your day but in reality moving to a whole food breakfast of any sort is a step forward. Do this for a week and when you can feel the difference change another part of your daily food intake from processed to whole foods. Improving your diet can begin immediately by taking small steps. Before you know it you will feel like a new person.
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Whole foods are key to physical health. This is easy to start to do, just swap one piece of processed food a day for something you have to prepare yourself. You may even find you feel healthier upstairs as the sugar and chemicals in processed foods can impact some peoples mood or ‘state’.
If you can combine this with 5 minutes of meditation each morning and 5 minutes of journal writing before bed you will start to feel like a different person within a week, I guarantee it!
Tim is a Speaker, Coach and Facilitator who works with people to help them live a congruent life. He can be contacted at email@example.com or through his website at www.thecriticalfactor.com.au