Little Changes, Big Results

There is too much information.

“It’s too overwhelming.”
“It’s too expensive.”

“I don’t have the time to do research.”

“School/work takes up all of my time so cooking isn’t an option.”

“Fast food is just, easy.”

Do any of these sound familiar to you? Are these some of the statements that are stopping YOU from making healthier choices? If so, just know you are NOT the only one. These are all common and real reasons of why you may choose to eat whatever is in front of you without actually thinking about what it is you are really putting into your body.

Let me first start out by saying, you don’t have to start by completely changing every thing in your diet. To most of us, that is simply just not an option. You see, eating healthy is like creating a goal. If you start out with a really big goal that is unrealistic, you will end up failing at achieving that goal and you will automatically give up. Let’s face it, we all want instant gratification, so instead of creating this far fetched goal, start by creating a smaller one. You will be successful in results thus creating more momentum and motivation to create yet another goal, and another. Before you know it, you have now started this amazing domino affect of creating and achieving goals (and this goes for any aspect of your life!).

I myself did not start by completely changing every thing. I started slow, changing one thing at a time. The trigger that set me off was when I read an article about why you shouldn’t feed your child baby cereal. Once I read that, I started asking questions and quickly became interested on the food choices (I thought were healthy) I was making.

This being said, let’s talk about an example of an unrealistic food goal vs. attainable food goal:

  • “I’m going to throw out all of my food, spices, cooking oils, cooking utensils, etc (the list can go on) and buy all new, natural items.” That is simply an unreachable goal and we are automatically setting our selves up for failure.
  • “I’m going to use unrefined sea salt instead of table salt in my cooking.” This is a small, realistic goal that you can easily achieve.

Let’s address the possible barriers that may be holding you back:

  1. “There is too much information”- This is true! There is SO much information that you can spend hours upon hours of reading and researching in books and online about what is considered healthy vs. unhealthy. The best way to go around this is to ASK QUESTIONS. Ask real people- don’t rely on advertisement because all they want is to sell their product and may not be telling the complete truth about their “healthy” food- that have gone through the transition already. Or you can ask people (like me) who are on the journey of learning. You can save tons of time of research and confusion by just asking simple questions. You can also subscribe to legitimate blogs (check out the blogs I recommend).
  2. “It’s too overwhelming.”- This kind of ties in with the above barrier. It can be overwhelming if you don’t have people you can go to ask questions to. Find people you trust and ask AWAY. I have probably asked a million and one questions to my friend Jessica. Don’t be afraid to ask questions either. No question is stupid and people who care about nourishing foods, don’t mind the questions.
  3. “It’s too expensive.”- With small steps and knowing whats important to spend your money on, you can gradually change your diet and not break the bank.
  4. “I don’t have time to research.” – Please refer to 1 and 2.
  5. “School/work takes up too much of my time.” – Proper planning makes all the time in the world. Plus, if you can make double of a recipe you can freeze it and save it later for a quick, nourishing meal when you don’t have time. And if you truly want to eat healthy, you will make and find time for it. With time, comes experience, comes known short cuts. It may be tough in the beginning but nothing worth having comes easy.
  6. “Fast food is just, easy.” – Yes, you’re right. Fast food is easy.. and that is ALL it is. Your happiness and health is in direct correlation of what you put in your body. If you want to live a life full of problems, ailments, and unhappiness you can choose the easy way out. Really, the choice is yours and you have the power to change whatever you want in your life. Spend more time in the kitchen creating healthy meals and less time eating fast food. It’s that simple.
    In a matter of 5 months I have changed my cooking oils, read labels(on EVERYTHING), only cook with pastured meats, drink raw milk and eat raw cheese, learned what types of foods to buy organic and make healthy meal choices.
    Before you know it, with small steps like these, you will have changed many aspects in your diet and will continue to do so until you are satisfied with where you are in your healthy eating.

    Anything is possible. You just have to really want it. 

    Until next time,
    Loriel – Healthy Roots, Happy Soul
    p.s. These are the brands of salt I use for cooking. It’s always nice to not have to research and figure out what brand is really healthy. This saves time 🙂

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