Tiny Steps for Big Changes
When I changed how I eat more than six years ago, I made huge sweeping changes very quickly. I did it because my husband was on a statin drug that was not so slowly killing him. By the way, if you take a statin, I suggest you review the possible side effects and be aware of rising glucose levels leading to Type 2 diabetes, memory loss, cataracts and so much more….but I digress. I did not make tiny steps for big changes; I made huge changes to our eating style because we had to get him off the statin. This meant normalizing his cholesterol levels without drugs and lowering his A1C (average glucose level over a 3 month period).
We purged our pantry, our refrigerator and our freezer!
Everything in a box, everything with preservatives, added sugar, wheat and gluten, trans fats…gone! It meant we began to eat very simply with really no help from packaged mixes and partially prepared or prepared foods. It meant we had to become expert label readers in a very short period of time. What it also meant was that we each lost twenty pounds in a period of several months without dieting; without trying to lose any weight at all!
It ultimately meant several huge changes for us. My husband didn’t become diabetic after all. No more testing his blood sugar twice a day. His cholesterol normalized, and he was able to get off the statin. For me, within a six month period, so it wasn’t overnight…we realized I was no longer chronically depressed. I had struggled with chronic depression since I was a young teenager, so this change was huge! I was on a mission to share what happened to me with others.
Have you ever been so sure you discovered something amazing that you have to blurt it out because you want to help others sooo badly. That was me. What I discovered was, for a variety of reasons, it’s not so easy for people to change how they eat.
I would hear things like, “if that’s how I have to eat, I won’t do it; it’s just too hard”…or “I could never give up sugar”; “I could never give up pasta”; I could never give up bread”…and the list goes on.
What I’ve learned is that it’s possible to help more people if the process is “Tiny Steps for Big Changes”. You see, you don’t have to do it the way I did. I was desperate, and I ripped the BandAid off very quickly. Some people can do it this way, and I love to work with them. Most people need to incorporate Tiny Steps for Big Changes; maybe it’s the kids pushing back or a resistant spouse. Whatever the reason, I want you to understand it’s better to make some changes and adjustments than it is to make no changes at all; even if they are tiny steps in the right direction.
To that end, I am putting together a checklist I will share in an upcoming article for you to use to begin to take tiny steps for big changes in your diet and your health. I’m on your side, so stick with me!
Helping You Achieve Major Wellness!
Cheryl A Major
I am a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant. My TV show, “Thin Strong Healthy”, airs on WestfordCat and is an offshoot of my blog http://ThinStrongHealthy.com I offer ongoing information, live and online courses and personal health coaching to help you feel better and be healthier. Follow me on Twitter @CherylAMajor.
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