I recently talked to one of my clients on how to change our relationship to food. If you want to be healthier, have more energy and even heal from a chronic illness. I’ve found that the key to changing our diet is to change the way we think about food.
Here are 3 steps to change the way you think about food.
Step 1: Be willing to let it go
If you want to change the way you think about food, whether it’s to put down processed foods or get rid of dairy you have to really want it.
I’ve found through my own personal experience while working with clients that there’d be times when they tried to make changes. But when they didn’t REALLY want it, the change wouldn’t stick.
We have to get to a point where we’re fed up with the old behavior and have a great experience looking at that old behavior without judgment, but rather with a sense of discernment, saying, “I no longer want that path.”
A few years ago I made that decision when I quit processed foods. I looked at how certain foods was weakening my immune system and how I was breaking out, and I made the commitment to say, “No, I don’t want this anymore.”
So that first step is a spiritual act. It’s a commitment. You’re saying: “I don’t want to do this anymore. I’m done with this behavior.” That’s a profound statement — it’s a prayer. You need to check in and ask, “Am I ready to let go of this pattern? Am I ready to let go of this behavior?”
If you’re truly ready to let go and change how you think about food, you’re ready for step 2.
Step 2: Create bottom lines
Decide what your bottom lines will be as you change how you think about food.
For me, my bottom line is: I don’t drink alcohol. That’s been a bottom line of mine for 8 years!
A bottom line is something that I do not change, I do not waver on. There’s no question of what I’m going to do there. When I have a clear bottom line and I know what I’m sticking to, I can stay consistent on my path.
When you have the willingness (step 1) and the bottom line, you can create patterns that will be long lasting. You can also start to hold yourself accountable to the changes you want to make.
Step 3: Surrender daily
This final step is the most spiritual step.Every day you say a short prayer, thanking the Universe (or God,or spirit, or your inner guide) for helping you stay consistent with your commitment.
This spiritual reliance is far more powerful than sheer willpower. It’s far more powerful and way easier than white-knuckling it and trying to force a new energy into your life.
You begin with your desire and willingness,you form clear boundaries and bottom lines, and then you offer it all up to the care of your inner guidance system.
Every day, surrender and pray.
This method for changing your diet combines practical action with your spiritual practice so you can create that long-lasting change!
Your relationship to food (and your body) should bring you joy and make you feel good!
These steps have helped me and many of mt clients stay very consistent with the beautiful changes they’ve made. There’s great value and great support in these steps and I can testify to them.
“When I honor what I have. I create more of what I want.” – Anonymous
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