In life there are times when we need to make a big change. It can feel completely overwhelming, confusing, or scary and can leave us utterly discouraged.
Instinctively, we look for the magic pill or miracle to make it all go away. The reality is that it doesn’t work that way.
Like everyone, I have faced some of these challenges. Most notably in my personal health, or should I say lack of health, and to be honest, I desperately wanted to wave a wand and make it all go away.
However there was no wand and I had to dig in and figure it out. Along the way I have learnt some personal lessons on how to take control of my health. It started with accepting I needed to make changes and understanding that for change to occur it needed to start with me and small daily actions.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, I had a lot of trouble coming to terms with the loss of my daughter and that lead to a dramatic decline in my health.
At one stage I was overwhelming, exhausted and in so much pain I didn’t know what to do. At that point, I had two options. Take the immune suppressing drugs, the doctor prescribed, that could cause liver disease or take control of what I put in my mouth.
Of course there was another option, do nothing and continue to decline. I knew where this ended and at 48 I wasn’t prepared to join Kateryna on the other side, not without a fight anyway.
So, Vic and I sat down to examine the options, together we decided to exhaust natural alternatives. We tossed the drugs and I made a commitment to focus my efforts on regaining health.
I started with a 4 week elimination diet. We removed, gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, sugar, grains, and nuts from my diet. It was scary, this was uncharted territory for us food lovers, and I had no idea what the heck I was going to eat, I thought I would starve.
I didn’t, We took it one week at a time and as nutritionist I reacquainted myself with the kitchen and explored new ways of creating meals with the foods I could eat.
Now I look back and can’t believe how that elimination diet transformed my life and my self-estemm. The pain, rattling in my head, hair loss, low energy, digestive upsets all are a distant memory. My autoimmunity is under control and my aneurysms are stable. Whew, what a relief.
MAKE SMALL CHANGES DAILY
I made small and simple changes like “Committing to care for myself”, “Listening to my body and hearing what it was saying to me” and “Learn new meal planning skills and have fun with cooking”.
Those little shifts amounted to a massive change over time.
Recovering my health has been a long process. One that was carefully mapped out with a solid strategy and plan that was broken down into small manageable daily blocks.
I’ve used the same strategy to create a business and to become a fitness instructor. I learnt it’s easy when you have a vision of what you want your life to be.
What would you like to bring into your life? Better health, more love, a successful business? What ever it is you can map your way there by breaking you big goals down into small measurable goals.
Here are five tips for you to make small changes that will have DRAMATIC impacts on your health and happiness:
Vision – Create the vision in your mind of what you want. What is it you want for your health? What kind of a relationship do you want with your children? What new do you want to bring into your life in the next five years? What will you do that you aren’t currently able to because of health limitations? Where do you live? How do you spend your free time? Go into as much detail for every aspect. You have to have a vision to guide where you’re going.
Break it down – Looking at your the big picture vision can be overwhelming especially when you have low energy, and are not in good health. Break it down into years, months, weeks, days, hours and minutes if you need to. That way you have something to focus on. Just for this moment I’m going to choose…. this will keep you moving closer to your vision.
Focus – You want these things, so prioritize them and give them your focus. Make no excuses about what you want. It’s ok to want for a better life, for a better you. Go after your vision with dogged determination. If your energy is low add in foods that nourish and support you, contact me here for support, and provides you with abundant energy to strive and transform.
No Excuses Allowed – ‘Life is life’ you are where you are now due a myriad of circumstances it doesn’t matter it’s all in the past. What matters is where you go from here, ‘Up or Down’ towards ‘Living Your Best LifeTM or away from it. Acknowledge that your going to change and direct the change.
Action – Action is the source of all change! A change of focus, change of actions, change of habits and you get completely different results. Turn your vision into reality with consistent action.
What do you think? How would implementing these impact your life?
To break this down. Set big goals with time frames for achieving them. Then work backwards from the end timeline to present. This is beneficial because big goals can seem unachievable. Quieting my autoimmunity and the inflammatory response in my body seemed like this, I had slid so far down it was hard to see how I could ever be healthy again.
When we’re unwell, or have a lot of weight to lose or struggling with chronic illness the climb back to wellness seems overwhelming and completely unachievable. To achieve it we must believe that we can achieve it. Breaking it down into smaller chunks helps you stay focused and motivated. With each win your confidence builds and drives your progression along the wellness continuum.
Break large goals into smaller goals with time frames create a plan to achieve them.
I look back now and embrace the despair I faced. We used it bring about permanent positive change to my health, my self-esteem, and the health of my entire family. Don’t wait for a magic pill or a miracle to rescue you.
Make a decision to take control and make changes. No positive change is too small, changes when acted on consistently will lead to dramatic transformation over the long-run.
Remember small positive actions taken daily lead to massive health and lifestyle transformation over the longer-term.@AllisonTuffs(Click to Tweet!)
Take a step today and keep moving forward. For a mini do it yourself version of the elimination diet that transformed my life and health click here.
To your amazing health, happiness and success.
Photo Credit: Annelise Parr, friend and fellow lover of devine food.