When you read all the information on my site and various natural based sites, it can be quite overwhelming. You look at the diet suggestions, exercise suggestions and lifestyle changes and you compare them to your existing lifestyle and wonder how you will ever achieve them. They seem far-fetched, somehow ridiculous, extreme even. The idea of cutting out bread, dairy and meat are just ridiculous and something you could never even consider! Are you mad, Mel? I love my meat and my cheese and I will certainly not part with my chips or chocolate!
Thing is, it has a lot to do with how you look at things. When I look at certain foods now, they are simply unappealing because I understand more about what they are really doing to my body.
I recently discovered more about bread and what they actually do to bread. They take out all the good stuff because it has a danger of fermenting and then they attempt to stick it back in. We are generally not eating anything more than thick powder. One of the videos described bread as cement! Well, I don’t know if I would go that far but it certainly got me thinking about the true essence of what we are eating when we eat bread. How much nutritional value is it truly adding to our overall well-being?
I guess I look at things a little differently now when it comes to food and what I put in my mouth. Every item I put in my mouth is there to nourish and benefit my healing and my body or it takes away from it. If it doesn’t offer nutrition and good energy sources, then I simply don’t want to eat it. My goal is to get healthy and heal my Endometriosis and if what I am eating is not in line with this, how can I truly expect that to happen? It is a daily decision that affects me on so many levels, even outside of Endometriosis.
Part of it is also learning about what foods really contain and how they impact the body. It is so complex and I am seriously considering studying nutrition to get to understand it all. When we eat through nature though, there is one golden rule: eat in moderation and eat as many super foods as you can! You will feel the change and significance in what you are doing immediately by eating organic super foods. These are the aloe vera juices, goji berries, spirulina… It is not just that you will feel better, with more energy, but that you will make better decisions. Once you invest in super foods (which can be quite an investment!) you don’t want to destroy what you are doing by then eating poorly. It kinda gets your mind in the right place with your eating and each decision you make when you are about to stick something in your mouth.
So, how do you take the first step?
The first step is just to be conscious of what you are eating. This is why diets are often effective because you have to follow something and keep track of what you are eating. Sometimes we eat things which we don’t think could be making us feel bad. I know I was reasonably good with most foods but then would eat heaps of chocolate and sweets to go with that, sometimes a slab a night as some of you already know. I never recognized the silliness in all of this.
Start with the basics and work backwards. It is about simply replacing one thing in your diet with something else and soon enough you have improved your diet overall. This could be replacing bread with salads for lunch, it could be replacing milk with almond milk or rice milk. Just pick one thing at a time to change and you will find the whole process easier. Don’t try and do them all in one go because you will hate it and find everything really boring! It is a slow and progressive process.
It is much like throwing a pebble in a pond. Once you start, it will become easier and you won’t even remember where you started 3, 6 or 12 months ago. What seemed so hard is now so easy and you feel so much better that it isn’t even a consideration to go back…
I know for me now, I don’t even miss meat, milk or chocolate—yes, I know, chocolate! Yes, there are days when I might have a little chocolate but I don’t have that obsessive tendency with it. I can easily walk past it in the supermarket and not want to buy 2 slabs at a go! Even when I have it, it somehow doesn’t hold the same value or taste as good as it used to. Isn’t that so odd?
How do you feel about all this? Do you struggle to change your diet? What steps have you taken successfully? How do you feel since you made the changes? What do you struggle with the most?
Would love to hear your thoughts…