We’re almost 2 months into the New Year, and at this time, most of us have realized that our good intentions and resolutions have not played out as intended. It’s not too late though to set those healthy resolutions into play, as spring seems to be just around the corner, and it’s a great time to take advantage of the relatively warmer weather to help us get out of the winter funk!
Recently I’ve been looking into people’s struggles with choosing healthy habits, and their obstacles to getting better. What I’ve observed, is that the biggest barrier (often unconscious) that people have, is the fear of change. The fear of doing something differently than they are used to. Fear of introducing new things, or even worse, removing things from their life that they have become so accustomed to.
Learning to embrace change, can possibly be one of the most important things that you can do for your health.
The most common example of this is dietary changes that accompany the goal of eating healthier. Having to cook more, involves changing your schedule a bit. Having to eliminate certain foods means having to choose different ones. Having to eat healthier, might mean having to eat different foods than a spouse, and changing your family “routine”. We often fail at these, because we are resistant to change.
But there are many positive things to changing. When we keep things the same, we stagnate; our life becomes predictable, boring, and if it includes unhealthy habits, then we know the direction that our health will move towards.
When we embrace change, we grow, we learn, we open up new possibilities and experiences, and become faced with challenges that teach us something about ourselves.
Change isn’t necessarily easy, but if you’re open for the ride, you can be sure that you’ll be taking steps in the direction towards healthy living.
So if it turns out that the gluten-free diet that you tried didn’t help your symptoms as expected, the great thing is that you learned a few new recipes, learned to make different choices at restaurants, introduced new foods into your life, and likely made much healthier food choices! Some of those new things will undoubtedly make their way into your regular kitchen repertoire, so your health will certainly benefit over the long run.
Your journey towards healing and living a healthy life starts with just one little step. Find out what that step is for you, and take action. When you are open to whatever comes along with that step, then life becomes just a little easier.
Here is a great book that can help you if you seem to be “stuck” in your habits:
“Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard” by Chip & Dan Heath.