Healthy Living A to Z: U is for Understanding

I have found that people tend to have trouble staying with lifestyle changes if they are simply making changes because they are told to. Feeling forced to do something (even if to save your life) or blind obedience to a set of rules often brings about rebellion.

It is important that we truly understand what we are being called to change and why. So where do you begin?

1. Learn everything you can about why you are being called to make this change. Do your research, then sit with the information for awhile. Let it become part of you.

2. Look at the consequences of not making changes.

3. Realize that you do have a choice. Are you willing to live with the consequences of not changing?

4. Embrace the change. Welcome it into your life. Make if a part of who you are.

Once you can reach a point of choosing health and life and not feeling forced to do something against your will, life will become much easier. Remember you always have a choice.

4 thoughts on “Healthy Living A to Z: U is for Understanding”

  1. Yes, there’s a lot of truth to this. From the age of, what is it 2 or 3?, most of us start to express our need for autonomy. We want things to go our way!
    I’ve noticed that the changes I’ve made in my life that have stayed with me have been changes I’ve chosen for myself. Okay, that’s not entirely true. The changes that stick have come about because of a series of choices – I keep choosing something better than in the past.
    There’s just something different (for me) about making my own choices than being told what to do. Besides the autonomy, it’s also because whoever is telling me what to do isn’t with me 24 hours a day – only I am with myself. So, when I choose to change and choose to keep making better choices, that’s when the changes stick.
    Thanks for the reminder.
    Vincent

    1. Thank you so much for the comment Vincent.

      I’ve seen people rebel big time about feeling forced to make changes especially regarding food. I think for me it was a good thing that I had to make the connection between gluten and my health on my own. I know exactly what gluten does to me and no way will I turn back. I think if doctors and dieticians realized they need to include the patient in the diagnostic and treatment process and would take time to explain that the changes have to become a natural part of life they would get better compliance with lifestyle change. There is always a choice even if it is simply to stay sick or get better.

  2. yes. The choice one is important. life over taste? Life please! :-D. I have a son who can’t process, processed food. I am so proud of how he has incorporated it into who he is.

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