If you read my blog and follow all the health changes I’ve made it probably appears as though I’ve been that way forever. It may look to other people like I’ve got it all together, I have all the knowledge and it’s now easy for me. Because I write about these things, I must be on top of all of this ALL.THE.TIME. Right?
Well no, not really. So today I wanted to write a post to give people who are yet to make certain changes, inspiration that things don’t happen overnight – in fact it is a continual work in progress!
This was illustrated to me recently when Kate (from Unravelling Diabetes) and I visited the town of Hyden in WA recently. We gave a presentation (more info to come!) about diabetes and how to read labels, as well as doing a little cooking demo. During our presentation people asked us various questions about different types of foods and other habits we have – such as avoiding baking paper and cutting down on our plastic use.
At one point during the workshop someone said, “there is so much to know, how have you learnt all this?” We both had the same answer – we have been “working” on some of these things for nearly 3 years. 3 years! That’s a long time.
We didn’t just decide to do something yesterday and it just happened overnight!
We made one small change, and then once that was easy, we started another and so on. The more things I learn and as I grow more I make more small changes. Slowly I change what my “normal” looks like. And you know what – I’m still not “perfect” – because that doesn’t exist! What my version of ideal may look very different to yours, or anyone elses.
But Kristy, you write about all these healthy, sustainable practices…so you must be an earth angel all the time right?
Not exactly. Like you I am human too and there are times things outside of my ideal happen – and I don’t throw myself off a cliff. I deal with it! To prove my point, here are some of the contradictory things I have done of late:
I wrote about reducing our waste and not using plastic bags – but at the shops Saturday I left my shopping bags in the car and got some shopping in…plastic bags. I tried to use as a few as possible, but I still used them.
I wrote about getting enough sleep – but I went to bed at 11pm three nights in a row due to working on “one more thing”. It’s always one.more.thing.
I talk about going gluten free – but we had store pizza for dinner the other night. (I’m telling you though, I knew about it for two days after. Probably won’t be doing that again any time soon).
I eat mostly sugar (fructose) free – but I had some wine with lunch – eeeek!
Oh, and Saturday night a few weeks ago, as I had been sick Friday/Saturday, we ate sausages and avocado for dinner. True story.
You see I don’t think it helps anyone to prescribe to any particular set of rules in life. Perhaps you could call what I have noted above the 80/20 rule – I’m pretty good 80% of the time…but I won’t call it anything. That’s confusing. I just do what works for me – and what enables the family to be happy and healthy.
You don’t have to make huge changes that you can’t fall back on from time to time….if you need to.
You don’t have to wake up one day and cut back on sugar, eat more vegetables, stop using plastic, take reusable bags to the shops, stop using balloons, eat organically and start meditating all at once. It’s not possible, its impractical and it will send you crazy.
Start with something small, make the change and go from there. If you need a hand with making the start, I’m more than happy to help you. Who knows where it will lead you! I started this blog because of the changes I made and it has lead me to make a massive career change!
What’s the number one thing you want to change in your life right now? Go on – big or small, I’d love to know!
Welcome to…Wellness Wednesday!!!
It’s also time for another Wellness Wednesday! Every Wednesday, myself and the lovely Dr Sash over at From The Left Field open a link up and we’d love to see your wellness posts! Anything from clean eating, to fitness, to taking care of your body, taking care of your mind, taking care of the kids, whatever makes you feel good and keeps you well. Simply post your fave wellness post for the week. Sound good? Come join us! x