What is your ONE thing?
Are you tired of feeling like you have to do everything with your health all at once?
Do you feel overwhelmed trying to figure out how to get on a healthy whole foods diet and lifestyle?
Are you sick of feeling sick from a refined foods diet?
Have you tried many things only to fail and try and fail again? Well you aren’t alone. From my experience working with numerous patients, friends, family, and even strangers I encounter–only about 10% of us can quickly let go of an unhealthy behavior and develop a new one.
For nearly everyone else, changes best happen gradually over time as you successfully tackle one health goal at a time.
First I would like to officially welcome you to my blog and say thanks for stopping by my “kitchen table” to chat with me and my expert guests about whole foods and healthy living. Second, I would like to give you a starting point of reference for achieving your preventative medicine health goals. The best way to keep track of the kitchen table is to subscribe to our RSS feed or weekly newsletters. We do our best to update you between 1-3 times weekly with healthy recipe and lifestyle tips. Our writing team works hard to motivate you to the latest and greatest in healthy living.
I started Kitchen Table Medicine because I realized in my second year of naturopathic internship that all patients essentially need the same things.
We all need clean air, chemical free water, a reduced total load of exposure to toxins, positive mental attitude, adequate sleep, stress management, healing from past challenges, meditation, and organic whole foods.
Many people read the typical “Twelve Point Preventative Health Plan” from their Naturopathic Physician and feel immediately overwhelmed that they have to do it all at once. Really it is much much easier than that. In order to feel healthier, all you have to do is pick ONE thing at a time to work on until you get it down. Once that becomes a habit you are then ready for the next thing. Perhaps the most important portion of my prescription to you is not the herb, vitamin, or drug I am prescribing; it simply is to “Get more sleep, learn to cook whole foods meals, exercise, and tell people to be nice to you”.
You only need to simply pick one thing off that list in order to be successful at accomplishing all those goals. It doesn’t matter what your jumping off point is because the rest is bound to fall in to place. If you don’t believe me then let’s walk through some basic examples…
Say for instance you decide to deal with your low energy levels by shutting your television off early and giving yourself the gift of one more hour of extra sleep each night, you will most likely eventually have the energy to start exercising. As you get healthier from your new exercise routine, your body will naturally crave unprocessed foods to eat so cooking healthy organic meals won’t feel like a chore. Or conversely you may decide to just start eating better, which would then give you the energy during the day to eventually start exercising which will in turn wear your body out for a good solid night of sleep. Maybe instead you commit to training for a triathlon with a group of friends. From the extra exercise, everyone sleep improves and you all then get the added notion to join a whole foods cooking class together to learn some new healthy recipes.
It will be an adventure.
As your body gets in to a better state of balance making the healthy choice becomes natural because you will start to crave that which is good for you. An unhealthy body craves unhealthy things. A balanced body craves better things, natural things, healthy things, whole foods things.
Trust me. I’m a doctor. I see this kind of thing all the time.
Sometimes we simply need to just start out with asking people to be nice to us while we are making changes. Adopting a healthier diet or lifestyle can feel overwhelming and frustrating especially if you are already in pain or struggling with the news of a recent difficult diagnosis. Be sure to start off by asking for the support from those around you. Explain to them why you are trying to do the things you are trying to do so they will be that much more motivated to help you meet your goals. Invite them to join you in the process of getting healthier.
Forward them this article and tell them what your goal is in the subject headline. You should be able to rely on support from your community. Asking for help gives you the opportunity to reciprocate helping others, and that is the exact “good stuff” that keeps the world going ‘round.
So just pick one thing. Really it is that simple. I promise!
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~Dr. Nicole Sundene