The first step for any positive nutritional change should be building a good foundation. I’m working with a small group of people on creating lasting physical change through proper nutrition. These folks have dedicated themselves to doing the work now for a healthier life later. And it’s pretty immediate. That’s what’s cool about nutrition. Although significant change certainly takes time, you can literally make a better choice today and feel better tomorrow.
As with anything, the foundation is crucial. It’s important that you address this before doing anything else. Here are a few things to consider as you create your foundation.
- Get the sugar and processed food out – So many of the problems we face from a health standpoint boil down to over-consumption of sugar and processed food. This is your first step. If much of your diet consists of these foods, don’t worry about anything else. If you make other changes first, you’re really just putting a band aid over the problem.
- Keep it simple – It’s really not as hard to stop sugar cravings as many people think. I remember when my friend and TBBC team member Kathy gave up these kinds of foods, not only did she drop 10 pounds but the cravings dissipated almost immediately. I experienced the same thing. This is because we replaced those foods with delicious and healthy fats.
It’s not as hard as many people think to create and prepare your own meals. Sure it takes some getting used to, but once you experience the benefits of proper health and nourishment, hopefully you’ll never go back.
- Slow and steady wins the race – Sure, some people can make drastic changes but most of us need to ease into things. Remember the tortoise and the hare. The tortoise wins every time I read that book.
There’s no need to rush this. Whatever issues you’re dealing with didn’t happen overnight and they won’t be solved overnight. You’re so much better off making small changes that last than trying to go crazy and get overwhelmed.