Change is hard!
Changing the way you eat, the way you live, and what you buy in order to avoid toxins and nourish your body…well that’s massively difficult!
To be more specific it’s a huge change that requires the right mindset to get healthy and follow through if you want to succeed.
I’ve been there!
I know because I’ve been through it myself. In my early twenties I had ballooned from a 110 pounds to 165 pounds! That’s a lot of weight on a 5 foot frame!
Besides the weight gain I was just physically miserable. I was tired, moody, sleeping sporadically, and felt foggy all the time.
When I decided enough was enough I made the decision with a sense of commitment and purpose. I HAD the right mindset. And that’s exactly what you need to succeed, without it your chances are pretty low.
Now I didn’t go cold turkey on all the crap food I was eating. I gave up soda and fast food first. Later I gave up processed food, and eventually I started eating clean and exercising.
The initial process from typical processed junk food eater to super clean eater took about three years!
But I succeeded because I wanted it. I wanted it baaaad! I committed to the process one step at a time. Actually a better way to say it is that I committed to my good health!
Over the years I’ve seen people succeed and fail at changing their health and there always seems to be one critical component. The mindset.
I made you something awesome!
You have to want it, baaaaad!
You see it’s not enough if your family wants it for you. It’s not enough if you are doing it for some metric of success like pounds on a scale either. Those who succeed long-term always have an intense motivation to GET HEALTHY.
Sure weight loss, clearer skin, and more energy are all great metrics, but the people that STAY on the Filtered Living lifestyle (or clean living lifestyle) all really deeply want to get healthy.
Truthfully, it isn’t easy.
Anyone who says it’s easy isn’t being honest…or they are a unicorn.
Giving up your favorite foods, convenient snacks, having to cook all the time, researching new products, and dealing with temptation EVERYWHERE…that all takes a shit load of commitment! 360 degrees of commitment.
Those who lack the powerful drive usually fall off the wagon, permanently.
Finding YOUR motivation
And what motivates each person is different. It’s your own personal journey…your story.
Today my motivation is being present and healthy for my daughter. And while I do have slip ups (everyone does) my motivation always shoves me back on the wagon.
I have a good friend who was hospitalized from a c-diff infection before she made the permanent change. Although a series of health issues before the (often fatal) infection definitely pushed her in that direction beforehand. Unlike my slow and steady snail’s pace of change, she went 100% cold turkey on every bad, processed, sugar loaded, gluten laden food. THAT’S dedication!
So my friends, if you are ready for this journey you NEED to really want it! You need to want it so deep down in your soul that you’ll move mountains to make it happen. You need to want it so sincerely that even lapses won’t deter you.
But you don’t have to almost die to be motivated (though that will do it too), there’s an easy path toward that motivation that I haven’t mentioned yet. Education.
Educating your way to motivation
One of the biggest catalysts for me was reading the book, Fast Food Nation.
I couldn’t put it down and by the time I was done I was completely disgusted with the fast food industry. I looked at ever package of meat with suspicion.
Soon thereafter I became a vegetarian. I stayed a vegetarian for three years until just before I became pregnant (Turns out vegetarianism wasn’t right for my body to thrive). However when I did go back to meat I kept it clean with grass-fed beef, organic chicken, and humane products.
The more you understand how truly toxic your food is the more motivation you end up with. The more books you read, research you do, health writers you follow, the more motivation you have.
The more you grasp how modern food and toxic products, toxic air, and toxic water are destroying your body, the more drive you end up with.
How about imagining the red dye in your kid’s crackers or cereal killing off their neurons (excitotoxins…Google it). Is that knowledge motivation enough?
You see, if you choose to stay in the dark it’s rather easy to keep destroying your health one fast food burger or brightly colored drink at a time. But IF you understand the chemical chain reaction happening when you eat the fake colored cereal or the antibiotic laden meat then it’s actually pretty easy to stay the (healthy) course.
And yes, temptation and lapses will still happen. We are humans and food acts like a drug on our brains (explains a lot right?!). BUT the more you live a clean Filtered life the easier it gets.
So my friends, I want you to succeed! I want you to get healthy!
So let’s motivate each other on this journey and CHOOSE to live a Filtered clean eating, toxin avoiding life so we can all thrive! Oki-doki!
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