When people start to focus on their diet, it’s usually because there’s an immediate concern that they want to address, such as weight loss, a health issue, or just a general awareness that their diet could be cleaner, healthier, less junky.
I know because that’s where I started too.
There’s a truth that simply cannot be avoided, and that is:
The more you clean up your diet, the more energy you’ll gain. This energy will then make you feel better, think more clearly, and ultimately… will enable you to do more cool things!
(Other than what you initially set out to achieve.)
Hence, ‘Eat Cleaner, Live Larger’.
I learned from my own personal experience, as well as through coaching and guiding thousands of others, that there comes a point quite quickly on our dietary clean-up journey when we start to become aware of this.
However, usually, It starts very slowly.
It starts with an almost imperceptible feeling that something is different.
Because it’s new and never experienced before, the exact kind of different is a mystery. It’s just different.
Some people’s reaction to this different is discomfort, as if the different they are feeling is bad. Because it’s so unknown it can feel like a threat and something to get rid of quickly, in order to return to ‘normal’.
This then translates to reaching for the more familiar foods from the past, unconsciously knowing that if they reach for those they can get back to the old normal because when they eat those things that’s what the old normal looks and feels like.
The key here is to acknowledge that you are on your way to a new normal! The old normal was not working, so the ‘different’ feeling is actually good – very good!
It’s a sign that things are changing and heading in a better direction.
Once this realisation becomes conscious then it’s a different relationship with ‘different’. At this point it becomes about embracing it, growing with it and learning to get comfortable with it, because now we know what we are dealing with.
That being said, it’s amazing how challenging it can actually be to get comfortable with feeling better, especially after decades of poor eating. We can get so used to something – including feeling bad, that anything else feels completely foreign and odd.
However, it’s a necessary bridge to cross to get to the other side.
So where does the vision come in?
The vision is what guides us, spurs us on and reminds us why we are doing what we’re doing. It’s our goal, our why, and our mission all in one.
Without it, it is easy to come undone, to revert, to give up, because there is nothing calling or pulling us forward.
If eating cleaner is brand new to you and you’ve never tried it before. The vision should probably be something relatively small and not at all intimidating.
It should feel like a stretch for you, but still fun and doable.
Examples for yourself might be one or more of these:
- Lose 4lbs
- No eating after 8pm
- No junk food in the house
- No snacking
- A decent side salad or vegetables with every main meal
- No microwave meals
- Eat 80% vegetarian or vegan food
Examples for your life (you need a vision for this too) might be:
- Clean out the junk room
- Clear out the closet
- Donate any unwanted items to goodwill/charity
- Start walking for 15 minutes per day
- Start a new book
- Enjoy a special movie night or date night every week
- Buy a gorgeous new outfit and wear it out
Even though these visions are fairly small in the grand scheme of things, they can feel huge when you are just getting started. We must all start where we are.
In time, as you become more comfortable and familiar with different, and different becomes your new normal, your vision for yourself and your life will automatically expand. It just happens naturally. We know when we are ready for more, and then it’s time to write a new list, set new goals and get excited about a whole new bunch of things!
The trick to staying excited, motivated and moving forward is to make sure that you always have something juicy and new to step into that really moves you.
It not about giving yourself a list of ‘I shoulds’, but instead giving yourself a whole lot of ‘I get tos’.
When we let desire, passion and excitement lead, there is nothing we cannot achieve, and we get to have a blast doing so.
I want to hear from you!
What’s on your personal vision list and your life vision list? I’d LOVE to know! Please share in the comments below.