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How Can We Make This Easier?

Thursday, June 06, 2013

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?!
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  • FINAL4
    Today I heard one of the SparkCoaches talk about the secret to smart goal-setting - to make goals about what you are going TO DO - not about NOT doing things. So appropriate that I read this post of yours tonight as well. Thanks for your tips about when to use SparkCoach as well. emoticon

    1712 days ago
    I love this post. And it's funny that of all places - I learned something similar at work. We call it The Language of Yes. At work we know that as a service organization we want to tell our customers what we CAN do, not what we can't do. Customer wants job 2 hours earlier than we can normally deliver: We say I can have that done for you at 5 PM or we can charge a premium rate or we can produce it this other way and meet your timeline... But also in psychology I learned that our own minds respond to positive statements better than negatives. Affirmations and goals are more successful when the Language of Yes is used: "I will eat healthy, nutrient dense foods" is more likely to be successful than "I won't eat processed food." Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this - and I love the artwork!
    1720 days ago
    I CAN drink enough water.
    I CAN eat appropriate portion amounts.
    1720 days ago
  • ANGEL1066
    What I can do is the important element. Thanks!
    1720 days ago
    Very good BRAVELUT! Thank you for bringing up that advise. Yes, that's a question that we must ask ourselves all the time. And not just related to make something easier, but less painful, less messy, less problematic, etc.
    1720 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/6/2013 4:30:14 PM
    Lovely blog post. I'm trying to make eating healthy easier by adding in the healthy stuff and NOT being on my back about the less healthy things I (still) eat. I figure that if I calmly keep going and keep adding recipes and new habits, I will keep moving forward and who knows, reach my goal.

    Can I add one? I CAN pay close attention to taste (eat mindfully) so I won't even care for the processed foods any more in the long run.
    1721 days ago
    I find sometimes that just enough is plenty. I don't have to go all out every day. Sometimes the easier road IS the better road.
    1721 days ago
  • MJRVIC2000
    We reap what we sow! God Bless YOU! Vic.
    1721 days ago
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