Lately I’ve been leaning towards to more whole foods, “paleo”-type way of eating. It’s what makes me feel good, so I’ll continue to play with it, however I don’t think I’ll ever really stick myself with a label… but that’s a whole other post. Anyway, in my quest to find more recipes, I picked up a Whole30 Cookbook, and something really stuck out to me.
I don’t remember the exact words, but I do remember it saying this:
It’s not hard.
Battling cancer is hard. Losing your job while raising a family is hard. Losing a loved one is hard. Watching your house go up in flames is hard. Drowning in medical bills is hard. Going separate ways from a close friend is hard. Being homeless is hard. Losing a limb is hard…
Saying “no” to a cupcake is not hard. Eating more veggies is not hard, even if you hate them. Drinking water instead of alcohol is not hard. Switching to dark instead of white chocolate is not hard.
This really put things into perspective for me, and I hope it does for you, too. It made me totally rethink the way I view “limits” on a “diet,” and that when you take a step back… it’s really NOT hard. There are things we should value much more than cakes and donuts and wine….
Since adopting this belief and thinking about it every time I’m faced with a decision about what to put in my body, eating a clean, whole foods diet has become quite easy. There’s so much that I do get to eat, and the best part is that I get to feel AMAZING.
This isn’t a very long blog post, but I think it’s an important one. We’re accustomed to thinking that changing the way we eat is so difficult, and that going gluten free/dairy free/vegan/minimally processed/pescetarian/vegetarian/WHATEVER is nearly impossible in today’s world.
To be honest? That’s just silly. Is it challenging? Of course. Does it take willpower? Definitely. But is it impossible? Of course not!
So when you’re dreading the diet you’ve put yourself on (not diet in the commercial sense… but just what you’re choosing to eat for your body), and you feel like giving up and that this is just not for you, remember this:
It’s not hard.
Always with love,