A Happy, Healthy Family

1.01.2017

Change Your Mindset, Change Your Results

Happy New Year!

This is the time of year when many of us make promises to ourselves that we'll eat better, lose weight, cut out certain foods, etc. Behind those resolutions are the best of intentions, but where many of us fail is in the methodology and the mindset.

We want a fast change.

We want to lose weight.

We want it to be easy.

We don't really want to make changes in the way we eat.

Here's the thing: healthy eating is not going to produce lightning-fast results, it's not going to be easy, and you will have to change the way you eat.

You can go on a fad diet and have drastic (and unhealthy) results, but fad diets don't last, and as soon as you go back to your old way of eating, the weight will come back, the sluggishness will return, or whatever symptoms you're trying to get rid of will creep back in to your life.

Healthy eating must be a permanent lifestyle change.

That doesn't mean you can't ever eat ice cream or chocolate or nachos again, but eating healthfully for a month and then reverting to your old ways will never help you gain long-term results.

And chemical-laden diet bars, diet drinks, and low-cal frozen dinners aren't going to do it either, by the way.

Long-term results require long-term change.

Health is about so much more than weight, y'all.

Did you know that many obese people are malnourished? Yes, the word that you probably associate with starving children in third-world countries also applies to people who are overloading their diets with processed junk.

And "skinny" people can suffer from fatty liver disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes.

So before you make a resolution to lose a certain number of pounds, how about reevaluating that goal? Do you really want to weigh X number of pounds, or do you want to be healthy?

If you start to nourish your body appropriately, chances are that the scale will adjust itself accordingly anyway.

Now go eat those collards!

Here's to a happy, healthy 2017.



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