Thursday, January 22, 2009

Lasting Changes

Here at The Herb Garden we've taken a hiatus from a few things, such as this blog, but we're back at it now and ready to take on the health of the world!! :) 

One of the things that has been on our minds is healthy habits and why making lasting changes is so difficult.  In our experience, one of the biggest culprits is an 'All or Nothing' attitude.  During the holidays or some vicious reminder that you've got to make some changes in your life, vows of conviction and the strictest of intentions are uttered.  Changes WILL be made! Yet, not even 2 weeks later, you have slacked off, given in and have mostly forgotten what the big deal was about anyway.  Just another happy new year, right? What goes wrong year after year? Perhaps its simply a case of trying to do everything at once and thus going nothing at all.  Changes are hard and near impossible when you implement multiple ones at the same time.  If you'd like to run a marathon, need to lose 100 pounds  or just have a journey ahead that seems too big, then try thinking of it in steps.  Instead of trying to lose 100 pounds overnight, just try the 1 pound.  Maybe you don't drink enough water. Use all of that conviction to accomplish one tiny little task before you attack the mountain. Drink 8 glasses of water a day for a week. Maybe drink ONLY water for a week. Whatever your changes you need to make, start small and you'll be surprised at not only how good you feel about your accomplishment, but how easy it is to add one more goal afterwards.
Consider baby steps like these:
-Add raw fruits or veggies to every meal
-Walk Every Day
-Read Every Day
-Meditate/Pray 15 minutes every day
-Work on that project 15 minutes every day
-Cut out one bad habit food item (candy, white bread, packaged snacks)
-Eat dinner at home instead of going out
-Get 7-8 hours of sleep every night
All of these suggestions are things we need to be doing, but if you're not doing any of them and try to add them all at the same time, the average person will quit.  Unfortunately its partly our nature and our society that just doesn't emphasize discipline and self-control.  But that doesn't have to stop us! Try just one of these things or something you know you can handle this next week. You will be surprised how far you can go with baby steps!