Understanding the Process of Change

Alternate & possibly Preferred Title:

COLA LIGHT & KARTOFFELCHIPS

It didn't take long for me to notice the difference between who I am now and who I was six years ago when I was last in Germany. 

But it wasn't me who first pointed it out!

Instead, it was my cousin who said 'last time you were here, all you had was Cola Light and Kartoffelchips.'   

I shifted my glance over to him, as I took a big, ol' drink of my green organic smoothie.

And we laughed.


Six years ago I definitely wasn't reading any nutrition labels and I certainly didn't have any concerns about the effect food might have on my wellbeing.

(Yes, it did take me a while to come to my senses but a year or so back, I broke-off my long-time love affair with Diet Coke-- COLD TURKEY.)

But, I've been increasingly intrigued by the impact of food on our health. My mind was blow to learn that what we eat speaks to our genes. We aren't doomed to the fate of our family genetics. We can eat healthy, real, whole foods to turn on or turn off certain genes. Isn't that wonderful!?! 

Food is, quite literally, information.

Anyway, my favorite part of this story is how delayed and gradual my change seemed to me... compared to the drastic change my German family noticed.

It helped me to realize: change may seem slow at first, but it can quickly become exponential.

Since I was here last...

I had another child.

I struggled through postpartum depression.

I became a life coach.

I was told I had cancer. (I didn't.)

I experienced another dark night of the soul.

I had my thyroid taken out.

... and from all the above (and then some) I experienced a major shift in my commitment to my health.

It took a little shake-up to realize-- without my health (physical, mental, and spiritual), I had nothing left give to the world, my family, or myself.

Quitting diet coke no loner felt like a chore, it felt like a golden key to feeling better. 
The same for lessening my sugar.
The same for increasing my intake of real, WHOLE foods. 

In the beginning, taking on change can seem difficult or even impossible .... my own mentor Brooke Castillo calls it 'the river of misery.'

And honestly-- the river of misery is where most people stop. It gets uncomfortable. It gets frustrating. And we give up. 

But if we increase our awareness about what we're thinking and feeling, we can see the river of misery as a rite of passage.

The discomfort of change can even be seen as a sign along the path-- letting us know we are on the right track.

The discomfort is pretty much a necessary part of the process.

But! And that's a really big but.... when what we want outweighs the the thing we think we can't live without, change takes on an entirely different shape. 

And if we really zoom out, we can see how much we have changed and how our personal WHY is the best bridge EVER to carry us over that 'river of misery.'

 

- Sylvia

 

 

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