This question is a HUGE deal. I run into peeps all the time that love to watch my IGTV and love the tips I give, but they haven’t jumped in boots and all, and they’re not thriving.
One of my nearest and dearest friends for 40 years (yes, we were besties at school) has her Masters in Psychotherapy. We talk deep, and always have, but now she has a language for all our heart talks. It’s so fun. I call her my therapist.
I had my own ideas about why peeps find it so hard to get food right because I’ve coached the multitudes, plus, I was addicted to refined sugar for over 25 years. I understand food habits, mindsets around food and drink, uncontrollable cravings and hopelessness that one can feel in regards to what goes in their mouth, but I love the language and clarity that Melissa gave me.
She asked the question.
What’s standing in the way of your change?
When you’ve got symptoms happening in your body, whether it’s migraines, aches and pains, hormone issues, funny tummy, brain fog or exhaustion, most peeps know deep down that their diet isn’t nourishing and that their weekly trolley is filled with less than average food (or not even real food), yet roadblocks and mountains stand in the way of thriving health.
There are two biggies that we chatted about:
- Restraints like time
Because let’s face it, when we’ve been doing food and shopping a certain way for years and even decades, a new way, seems very daunting and too overwhelming. Plus we’re all busy and time poor and so cooking gets relegated to the outhouse where we feed on garbage because it’s quick, easy and manufactured flavour.
All of us thrive on having routine and structure. This is a truth and it’s how we function as humans. I get up at 6am because I have a morning routine or protocol that I do in a set sequence of time. I have my glass of filtered water, make the girls lunches, prepare our green smoothies, go for a walk before I eat breaky that Holly has made for us, have my supplements, drive the girls to school, home and shower and be ready for the day. I don’t have to think about what I’m doing. I can listen to podcasts or music and just get into my groove because I know the drill very well.
Structure is different in that everyday plays out differently. However, I know what needs to be done and know why I need to do it within a certain time frame. For me to keep Rebecca Megan Health pumping with life, most days I have to write and research, recipe create, cook and attend to social media. Then there’s the weekly jobs that also create structure: filming, planning with my amazing admin gal, mumma duties and appointments. This is all structure that forms the scaffolding that keeps spreading the veg and delicious cooking gospel.
Simply acknowledging, “I’m afraid of starting on this path because it means upheaval and it also means loss” or “Yep, I’m time poor and so my eating has been relegated to the outhouse”. I get it Gorgeous because refined sugar and comfort eating were my BFF and so life without these two old friends was going to look different.
The power of acknowledgement is a force for so much good and change. It’s being truthful and acknowledging:
I’m scared and I don’t know how my new thriving life can possibly happen.
Then it’s about finding a new routine and setting up new structures; one step and one delicious bite at a time. Finding the new way will involve taking detours where you’ll feel like you’ve failed and ‘what’s the point’ but getting back on the path as quickly as you can is the way forward and the way you’re going to build your structure that is solid, healthy and THRIVING.
I believe in you. I believe YOU CAN do this because you’re strong and you were meant for thriving health.
Lots of love and greens Gorgeous,