Just watched a documentary with Stephanie called “Hungry for Change” on Netflix. While talking about the human perspective on dieting, the narrators offered this challenge: to change your nutrition paradigm from “I want that food but I can’t have it” to “I can have that food but I don’t want it.“
Joe Cross, the protagonist from “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” was a part of the narrator entourage for this film. This is another documentary (available on Netflix) about two men coming to terms with their obesity and making changes toward a healthier lifestyle.
The “can’t have it” vs. “don’t want it” paradigm is at the heart of what so many successful weight-losers and trainers advise. This is a fundamental lifestyle change that requires time, patience, and grace. You have to be able to pick yourself back up after falling off the band-wagon in order to achieve long-term success. To reach a goal weight and maintain that weight over the course of a lifetime is a lifetime endevour.
We’ve all heard it, there are no magic pills, no shortcuts. The only way to become and stay healthy is to:
1. Educate yourself using quality research and remain skeptical regardless of what you may already know.
2. Make decisions based upon what you know to be right every single time you eat. Decisions to eat the righter things may be hard at first, but the more you make those decisions, the easier it becomes.
3. Make a higher percentage of good decisions over the course of your entire life.
4. Stay open to new research and information. One of the main problems in America is that everybody thinks they know what healthy eating looks like based on studies released by the FDA or found on mypyramid.gov. When we get tunnel vision, we lose the ability to see the whole picture. Broaden your horizons.
While 30-day food challenges have value in teaching us how to manage our food intake, the 31st day is really the most important when it comes to how you apply what you learned and how you continue your quest for a healthier you.
Let’s talk about step 1. The internet gives us the ability to research any topic we can think of in the matter of seconds. Consume this research, digest it, compare it to other research, and make your own conclusions. Ask questions constantly about what you are reading.
If high-fructose corn syrup really isn’t bad for us, why are we experiencing such high-obesity rates in a country where this chemical is in almost everything on the grocery store shelf?
Research is just the beginning. What motivates you to make better decisions about what you eat? Have you gone through this journey already or are you thinking about finally making some changes? How can you change from wanting to not wanting the foods that put you in a less desirable place?