Why aren’t you taking action to become healthier? This is the question that I always want to ask a lot of people who are complaining all the time about their health or overweight problems, know they have to make changes and are so excited to learn how to get healthier, but at the end they are doing nothing about it.
It surprises me that although most of them know what they need to do to get healthier, it is only a few who are actually taking action. They can always find tens of excuses for not making the changes they need, starting from lack of time, lack of money, social pressure, lifestyle, etc. If you are one of those people, please continue reading this article.
The truth is that you are only making up excuses to avoid doing the hard work you think it needs for a change to occur. Usually you have two false assumptions.
The first is that to see results, the change has to be huge. The second is that any change needs a lot of hard work. To overcome the first assumption, you need to think positively and view any single change you are doing as a step that will have a positive effect on our health, no matter how minor this might be. A positive change can be as simple as purchasing a water filter and drinking pure filtered water instead of tap water.
As for the second assumption, you need to be honest with yourself. Whatever the obstacles (you actually have or imagine) are, the only thing needed for any change is “belief”. Belief is the secret to success. Once you believe in yourself and in the powerful effects of your choices, you will find the way to the best you.
The only way to get into the “belief” stage is to educate yourself and to know your options. The best point to start from is being a positive consumer. You have to know what is in your food, where it comes from and how it is processed. Make label reading a habit each time you go to the grocery store.
You will be surprised at the amount of information you will learn and what you learn today will make you a different person tomorrow. To change your behavior you have to change your thoughts. Having a clear knowledge about how you can benefit from change is the first step to make a change.
In the process of educating yourself about food and health you will get bombarded by information from different sources which are not all accurate and some might be commercial. Because you can get so confused or overwhelmed by information, it is important to choose wisely and get your information from trustable sources.
Finding a knowledgeable nutritionist to guide you can be invaluable at this stage.Having a targeted plan, suited to your needs, beliefs, preferences and lifestyle is extremely important.
Your nutritionist can help you set up a practical and easy to follow step by step plan. When you start with a clear plan, every step down the road can be measurable and you are sure you know exactly what to do to reach your goals.
If you ask any successful person in any field about the secret of his success, he will tell you three things: having a goal, believing in it and making a plan to reach your goal. Your plan has to be not only suited to your preferences and lifestyle, but also to be flexible.
Give yourself a range of trial and error where you can experiment with new ideas, habits and foods. It is of extreme importance to be open to new ideas and to try different options and experiment with different ways to do things.
At the end it is all about doing things in a way that suits you and makes you happy. If you find happiness in what you are doing, you will stick to it. It might take you some time to get where you want to, but it is all about doing small changes at a time which add up to become the life change you want to make.
If you are thinking about making changes or are already on your way, you need to have the practical and healthy alternative or tweak to your old habits.Sometimes it just needs a minor change to get a huge benefit.
For myself, I found that my knowledge of new healthy foods allowed me to make simple adaptations to my favorite recipes without sacrificing the taste. I will not deny it took me some time to experiment with new ingredients and some wasted money at the beginning of my pantry make-over but it was really worth it for me and my family’s health.
Here is one of my family’s favorite recipes which I adapted from a regular recipe. It is an easy and healthy dessert that you can try in your Healthy U Turn journey.
Healthy Brownie Recipe
Preheat oven to 350 F
Grease an 8inch square pan with butter
- 1/ 4 cup butter or coconut oil
- 2 organic eggs
- 3/ 4 cup sucanat (dried cane juice) or coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup gluten free all purpose flour or buckwheat flour*
- 1/ 3 cup raw organic cocoa
- 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
- 1/ 4 tsp aluminum free baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1/ 4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
- In a small bowl mix together the melted butter, whisked eggs and sugar.
- In another bowl mix the dry ingredients except chopped walnuts.
- Add the dry ingredients gradually to the liquid ingredients. Mix well. Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Sprinkle chopped walnuts ontop.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes (do not over bake)
*Gluten Free flours can be purchased in bulk e.g from Bulk Barn. To make this with gluten-containing flours, replace the flour with whole spelt flour or whole wheat cake and pastry flour.
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