Do you go from diet to diet, jumping on the latest health bandwagon all the time? As the hare, you get off to a quick start, but run out of gas before the finish line. You have “shiny object” syndrome, and hop from one one-size-fits-all approach to the next, before you see any real results.
If so, you’re not alone! There’s so much confusing and conflicting health and nutrition information out there, and it’s not easy to figure out all on your own. Some degree of trial and error is essential, but not in the haphazard, random way that many seem to approach it.
There’s a better way, and that’s the way of the tortoise. Do you remember Aesop’s fable, The Tortoise and the Hare? Slow and steady won the race for the tortoise.
Instead of bursts of progress, the tortoise takes it one step at a time. Like coins being added to a piggy bank, healthy choices add up. Instead of gambling all of your money in one place, you spread it out, and diversify your risk. Every dollar counts. Every bite counts. And every step in the right direction…counts.
In other words, you don’t have to turn your life upside down, and make too many changes at once. When you do that, not only are the changes not likely to stick (unless, of course, you are highly motivated), but they may actually set you back.
Instead, if you take it one step at a time, and trade “up” bad choices for better and best ones, you can gradually reverse old, self-sabotaging habits and create all new ones! The more you squash negative patterns, the more you can build in positive ones. Eventually, you’ve created a whole new lifestyle for yourself, and it will feel really good.
Now that it’s spring, the bunnies will be out, but that doesn’t mean you have to chase after them! Instead, think about the kinds of seeds you’d like to plant. Not just the ones in the ground, but the ones in your mind – and in your shopping cart.
What one small change can you make today – this week – or this month – in order to work your way toward living your healthiest, and happiest lifestyle?
What one food item – or habit – are you interested in swapping for a healthier option? Food for thought to get your week started.
Peace, joy, and sunshine to you!