MAKING HEALTHY CHOICES THAT LAST:
Letís also not forget the emotional aspect of change, particularly when it comes to food. As Iím sure you are well aware, emotions play a starring role in decisions around food for the vast majority of the population. If you make small changes to your diet consistently, allowing yourself time to integrate the changes into your routine and become comfortable with them, you will give your emotional and physical body the opportunity to shake each otherís hand and sign a peace treaty agreeing to move forward together in harmony. Itís a much nicer approach than all-out war, donít you think? The emotional aspect of change is often the most challenging!
Hereís the other thing: often when someone jumps into a healthy diet very quickly, they tend to overeat on the densest healthy foods such as big bags of nuts, dried fruits, whole grains, beans, oils and gourmet raw foods to try to replicate the heaviness of the foods they ate previously. While these foods have a place in a healthy diet, over-consuming them is only going to burden the digestive system even more, and it certainly wonít support the reasons you probably got into eating better in the first place, such as for energy, weight release, lightness, to heal symptoms, etc.
By slowly making changes and transitioning at a pace right for you, it is more likely you will avoid overeating, feeling deprived or restricted, or experiencing unpleasant symptoms. You will be giving yourself the best chance to let go of physiological and emotional attachments so that when you do make a change, it feels wonderful and sticks with you!
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