CHRONIC FATIGUE, HABITS AND CONSISTENCY and CHANGING OUR DIET
Last weekend we watched a DVD featuring Meryl Streep playing Margaret Thatcher and I was reminded of a saying which Margaret Thatcher quoted that goes something like this....
‘Your feelings form thoughts, out of thoughts come action, out of actions come habits and out of habits our characters are formed.’
It reminded me to look at my daily habits and decide if I was happy with the character that they were forming or had formed or perhaps I needed to take responsibility in changing them if I was not happy....especially in relation to my mental and emotional health. There are other sayings that both support consistency and habit as a tool to mastery and positive change or as a habit that creates the opposite to health and wellbeing
- Change your patterns to change your life (The more senses you involve the greater the change will be)
- Consistency is the key to mastery and change
I remember 12 years ago dealing with severe Chronic Fatigue and for 3 months I stuck to a specific dietary program 100% and managed to regain my health. At the time it took all my energy and focus to sort out the physical side of this condition since even breathing seemed to take all of my energy and strength which meant that I did not deal with the habits and patterns of my nature and my way of dealing with stress that had led me to this point in my life. And so it was only a matter of time before this fatigue and overwork issue caught up again.
It is the other emotional and mental patterns, habits and belief systems that most needed the change and they are still forming my character. These other patterns and habits are the ones that drive the choices and character that form our health.
CONSISTENCY AND OUR FOOD CHOICES
Many times I have spoken with clients and people who come to our courses who are doing their best to make changes in their diet and they will tell me how they are managing to include smoothies a few times during the week or maybe make them at the weekend, maybe even do cleanses for a day or two or perhaps a week or two. Colonics now and then are also popular and following a specific cleansing ‘diet’ or a raw food diet for a period of time definitely helped.
I have had a chuckle to myself when I think about how we all manage to drink smoothies for months, maybe stretch it out to a year, introduce some Superfoods and stick with that for some time, do the raw food diet for days, weeks or months, but that also falls off and yet 20, 30 or 40 years later we are all still managing to have the daily coffee, toast, muffin, chocolate, sugar, alcohol etc without any sign of boredom or need for change. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all be addicted to green smoothies and salads on a consistent daily basis for 10, 20, 30 years!
...BUT I ONLY HAVE ONE CUP A DAY!
Well meaning health seekers tell me how they are still struggling after the major health additions that they have made to their diet and are not sure why and so my first question is as to how they are going with the coffee, wine, chocolate, cheese, bread or muffin and pretty well 100% of the time it is one of these foods that is still in there on a consistent and usually daily basis and has been over a period of years...’oh but I don’t have a lot’ , ‘it is just one cup in the morning’ or ‘one glass at night’ or ‘a muffin with my morning tea’. You do not have to be having a large quantity of these kinds of foods , you just need to have them consistently for the impact to be in there.
So the food or drink that you have most consistently, the one that is your habit, is the one that has the greatest impact on your health and your character whether it is a positive or negative impact and it is an interesting exercise for anyone to apply this logic to their own daily diet as it has been over the last years. Especially for someone who is consciously changing the quality of the food and drink that they consume since the negative impact of habit forming acidic, addictive foods/drinks will become more intense as the rest of the diet becomes cleaner.
RUBBER BAND BINGING and ADDING TO YOUR DIET
It is important to change eating habits slowly in order to avoid the rubber band binge effect which can send you back into binging on twice the amount you used to eat or drink of the very foods you attempted to cut out and push your weight above where you originally started. You want to stretch that rubber band of old eating habits slowly so that it stays stretched out to accommodate new tastes and habits that you are adding in. As you get used to them and they become new habits you automatically start dropping off other foods and habits because you have plenty to eat plus you come to prefer the new ones...there is no effort required.
THE TIPPING POINT AND TIME TO LET GO
However, I have found many times, that we all have our particular food or drink that is our Achilles heel, our addiction and our comfort food. And so many health seekers like myself get to a point where your health has improved as much as it can with the additions you have made but you are still experiencing health challenges and so now it is the time to start choosing to drop out foods from the diet – the foods/drinks that we consistently eat regardless of how much healthy food we add in and the foods/drinks that we least want to give up. It is only when we finally give up these consistent energy and health draining foods/drinks that we truly achieve the health on all levels that we seek.
When I look back at all of the cleanses and healing diets and protocols that I have followed over the last 35 years, I would swap them all to have just eaten consistently clean, natural diet free of foods/drinks containing refined sugars and grains in order to achieve the health that I was seeking....but then again I would not have such an amazing journey to share with interesting insights which seems to have been the whole point of it.