Many people start their week by saying “I’m going to eat healthy food this week” but perhaps a day or two later, they end up saying “I don’t have time to cook healthy meals” or “I can’t afford it” or “healthy food doesn’t taste as good” and “this is too hard, I couldn’t be bothered anymore”.
So then what happens? We look for a quick fix such as: a 3 day juice cleanse, a 4 week diet and exercise program or perhaps even the latest diet or supplement. However quick fixes are just that – quick and temporary, they’re not sustainable in the long-term. So here is the cold hard truth….
It’s obvious that what most of us are currently doing isn’t working. The ‘modern’ day diseases such as obesity, heart disease, resistant infections, autoimmune diseases and metabolic diseases seem to be more accepted and the ‘norm’ than the unusual. We are told that today’s modern food that is eaten as part of a SAD diet (Standard Australian Diet) won’t provide our bodies with the vitamins, minerals and nutrients we need, so instead people have been taking supplements to get the necessary vitamins and minerals in order for our bodies to function properly.
We also eat fortified foods filled with vitamins and minerals along with manipulated macro nutrients (fat, carbs and protein). Multi-level marketing supplement companies have also created products that anyone can sell, even if they don’t have the knowledge about what ingredients are in these products or even how they are made. Globally, it seems as if we have turned into a ‘pill popping society’, looking for the ‘one pill’ or a quick fix to heal and fix all of our health issues.
The alternative – take a vitalistic approach
If we take a vitalistic approach, we instead look at the root cause for illness and treat the body as a whole. Put simply, vitalism is a philosophy where the common belief is that people have everything within them to produce HEALTH and normal function because the vital LIFE force inside the body uses the nerve system to direct and coordinate every aspect of life.
However, many of the products that are available now are NOT vitalistic, meaning they haven’t come from an original source as they have been manufactured in a laboratory. Some of the products have also been patented, which means they do not have to disclose the ingredients to the public.
An approach of ‘popping’ a pill, taking the latest diet supplement or undertaking the latest diet trend is not sustainable for your long-term health, for you or for future generations.
What do you do then?
Start to become aware of the symptoms in your body. You might be feeling low in energy, have put on a few extra kilos, have aches and pains in your body, suffer from brain fog, have difficulty concentrating or have gut issues. Then consider what you put into your body that may be causing that reaction. If it’s not food related, it could even be your environment – stress, people and your thoughts, as everything has an impact on how we feel.
In order to look your best and feel your best, you need to make healthy choices every day for the rest of your life. Think of your body like a car – would you really fill up your car with low grade petrol, not change the oil or do proper maintenance on it and still expect your car to perform well and get you from A to B, without your car deteriorating over time? Your body is no different and like a car, every part is connected.
Permanent results come from permanent positive changes in your life, it’s that simple.
So quit looking for an easy way out; instead choose real foods, get in the kitchen and have fun creating new dishes, move daily, be kind to yourself and others, drink clean water, connect with nature and get plenty of rest. It may be hard in the beginning, but once you have a taste for how good your body is meant to feel, you won’t ever look back.
If you feel as though you need a program or protocol to kick-start you in the right direction so you can learn exactly what your individual body thrives on, consider a Changing Habits Protocol, or book in for a health review with either Sheridan or myself. We are here to help you make the right decision for your individual situation, enabling you to get your health back on track.
Changing your habits and improving your diet is not as easy as popping a pill, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction for improving and sustaining your health, the environment and future generations.
If you would like to read more on this topic, read Cyndi’s blog called ‘Creating the Last Health Change You Will Ever Do’.
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