About a week ago, I decided to make a “radical" change my diet. I had a milestone birthday a few months back and instead of being really depressed as others I know have become, I got supercharged with the possibilities available to me. The first thing I realized was that as a fairly strategically minded individual (part of what I do for a living, more about that in future posts), there were certain things that would be necessary for me to change in order to achieve the really big goals that I have set out to accomplish.
The first one I want to address is diet. I have always been a large person. I shopped in the husky boys department when I was small and I still shop in the big and tall department today. I bring this up as I did not get to my size by eating sumptuous feasts of wonderful food. I got this way by eating convenient food and scarfing up copious quantities of the stuff. The thing was, I enjoyed good food. I like the way it tasted, the way it felt in my mouth. The way I felt after eating something really good. But I lost my way years ago.
I Started eating prepared foods because was easy, it wasn’t too expensive, and is satisfied the need to ingest nutrition. What it also did was dull my taste buds, and made me excepting of sub-par edibles for the sake of convenience.
So back to the original point… A week ago, I decided to pay attention not just what I ate but how I felt when I ate it. I had just read Rob Wolfs “The Paleo Solution” and decided to give it a go. (Note use of “go” not “try”. looking to remove the word “try” from my language.) Anyway, I’ve done the low-carb thing before, as well as countless other diets. But this was recommending something different. No grains, no dairy, no legumes. That was different than others were talking about, and was sort of “radical”. It is a bit more to the diet then I’m going to explain here.
Well it’s day six, I am definitely sleeping better, have more energy, still hungry sometimes but not craving bread and sweets like I used to. Went out to dinner last night with my family and had ahi tuna with vegetables and felt great. Not because I was eating something truly healthy, but because I really actually felt better after I finished that meal. Delicate in flavor, lovely in its simplicity. Really enjoyed what I was eating. And I really wasn’t missing the bread and rice (it was on the table, didn’t touch it, didn’t want to). Full disclosure: had 2 squares of dark chocolate with black coffee when I got home, total in line with my diet.
So again by paying attention to how I feel a little focus more and do the things i know need to be done. The other thing I’ve done which was also recommended in Rob Wolfs book was added fish oil to my diet.
So here I am enjoying my morning coffee, finished prepping a roast beef so it will be ready to cook tomorrow morning, feeling better about a lot of things. But it’s not just the diet. I am sure it’s because I’ve made a giant leap into something that feels right. Small steps make it easier to fall back into old habits because you’re so close to doing the things you did before. Making big changes are necessary in order for you to adjust that new mindset.
I’ll be talking more about this radical change as well as other radical changes I’m making. Stay tuned.
Challenge for today: What totally radical thing could you do today that will set you up for the goals you want to accomplish? What are the habits you have always been doing that you know are not in your best interest (or are really freaking horrible) that you want to change? Think about it. Now write it down. Commit to paper. Think about how you will feel when that bad habit is replaced by something new and wonderful. Start to mentally prepare yourself because it will happen.
In future posts will discuss how to accomplish some of these things. Look forward to speaking to you soon and remember to be fearless.