I subscribe to Martha Beck's Daily Inspiration. This week I have been smitten, totally engaged by her idea that things in our life don't have to be difficult, and all we have to do is ask, "What can I do to make this easier?"
So I've been applying that question to things like keeping the kitchen neat and tidy, or getting the laundry done, or weeding the yard. As for the last one, Tropical Storm Andrea has helped me with that one, at least for a few days while it drops its load of rain. My solution: ignore the weeds for a few days and work on something else.
But I know the question I really want to wrestle with is, "How can I make my life style change to follow Dr. Fuhrman's 3 Steps to Incredible Health easier?"
I know that thinking,
You can't have sugar. No more cookies, ice cream, sodas, candy, donuts . . .
or Don't eat animal products. No white flour products . . .
is of no help to this child of the sixties. And I imagine I'm not the only one who tries to figure out a way to do it anyway if someone tells me I can't. This isn't the appropriate time to take "I can't" as a challenge to win.
So to make it easier, I need to to a 180? 360? in my thinking. Substitute "I CANs"
I CAN make a delicious dessert with frozen fruits in my nutribullet.
I CAN make delicious food by combining flavorful veggies and herbs.
I CAN get a variety of wonderful, colorful produce year round here in Florida.
I CAN grown my own healthy produce here.
I CAN challenge myself to eat more and more anti-oxidant fruits and vegetables.
I CAN challenge myself to eat more and more anti-angiogenic foods.
I CAN track those things in the notes section of the nutrition tracker.
I CAN start every meal with a salad that includes nuts and seeds so I have healthy fats to help absorb all those micronutrients.
I CAN do a better job of chewing.
I CAN visualize a vital, healthy me in twenty years, living independently.
I CAN say YES as opposed to that N word.
And you know, it feels right. It even looks right. Storm Andrea is raging through a gray windy wet day, but somehow, everything seems brighter in here.
How can you make something in your life easier?
Is it really that simple? Just ask that question?
Let me know, will you? if you try it?!