Let’s do a full rethinkLife tends to be a bit busy for a giant diet overhaul, and the truth is giant diet overhauls aren’t very effective. If we manage to do it, we might feel fantastic for a week or two, but eventually the food prep or your busy life throws one too many wrenches into your cleanse, and you go back to your old habits. The same habits you were trying to cleanse away. Instead, let’s try an easier and more effective way. It’s so effective, it works pretty much every time. Just change one or two things, that’s all. When those changes become habits, add another one.
Start with one big thing you’d like to changeWe might as well use that great January willpower to change something that’s been on your mind for awhile. The key is to only do this one thing; don’t try to add a bunch of little ones too. For example, commit to bringing lunch every day for a month. That can take a lot of preparation and organization at first, so just concentrate on that. Don’t add “and it must be super-duper healthy/vegan/paleo/raw” or whatever diet you’d like to try. For me, my January usually starts with a commitment to stop all alcohol for one to four weeks; the timeframe depends on how strong my willpower is. In December, I tend to get into a bad habit of having a drink almost daily, and this single-goal technique helps me stop that in its tracks. Then add a few small ones. Your body does want to get back into some healthy habits in January. December can be downright exhausting, so your body is aching for some good healthy food, too. Once your big change is feeling pretty easy, slowly add a few small changes. For me, I’ll spend a few weeks on my big change, and then over January and February, I add a small change every week or two.
Some easy ideas
Add more fruits and veggies
Get more sleep
Drink a warm mug of Flor-Essence for a gentle, everyday cleanse
Lisa Kilgour is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN), founder of LisaKilgour.com, and a faculty member at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.