The Eating Healthy Mindset & Cycle
Eating healthy and changing your diet can be a difficult thing to do. For me it had to start with my mindset, what I thought about changing my diet, my self talk, my psyche and my education about what is healthy and what is not. These were the first things that had to change and if they didn’t, I failed every time.
You can see these in people when you talk to them about a diet and them possibly changing their eating habits. These are comments from folks that are not ready for a change, they have the wrong mindset. You’ll hear comments & statements like “I could never eat that diet because I could never give up ______” or they say things like “What do you eat?” or “If I had to eat like that you can just kill me now.” and “I love ________ to much, I could never give that up.”
People who make these comments are not ready to make a life style change, they have the wrong mindset for change and would most likely fail.
I believe there are three main phases that a person goes through, these where the phases I went through. Education, Self Reflection & Transition
Education is the first phase. Too many people have too many misconceptions about diet and nutrition that these misconceptions keep them from change. Education allot of times, but not always comes when they are having some short of health issue and need some answers about it and they find out that their current diet is a huge contributing factor in their disease and that changing their diet can help them if not cure them.
They start to search and find all kinds of information that starts to change their paradigm about what is healthy and what really is not. Their paradigm then begins to shift and more questions arise then further study. This is what I call the education phase. (Note: This is a stage that can be just as destructive as it can be helpful depending on the misinformation or good information the person finds and there is allot of both out there. This is why we see so many fad diets being followed today.)
This continues until they begin to reach a point of self reflection as it relates to their unhealthy and healthy habits and diet, they think about what changes need to be made in their life to have a positive change on their health, this is the self reflection stage.
Self reflection turns into conviction, they are convicted that they need to make this change and start to take steps toward making that change. Then positive change in their diet and life style begins to happen. They begin to make those little changes and maybe some big changes to transition to a healthier state. They start to see positive changes in their health and well being. This is what I call the transition phase.
These three phases will then cycle through in a circular movement as the person grows and evolves in their walk toward better health.
What I just explained is a picture of a physiologically healthy individual as they relate to food. There may be some other issues that need to be dealt with prior, during and after any and all of these phases.
For instance. What is your relationship to food? If you use food for comfort or to satisfy an addiction, your relationship with food is unhealthy and this will need to be dealt with especially during the transition phase.
I think we all have some degree of unhealthiness as it relates to food. We can overcome them usually by going through the three phases talked about earlier. But when these unhealthy relationships become overwhelming, uncontrollable or out of control this is when we need to seek professional help to become healthy again as it relates to our relationship to food.
Understanding this cycle can help us understand ourselves better and thus move us closer to our own health goals.
To your health!!