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First We Must Know Ourselves

You’ve been observing your eating patterns and noticing how you feel. You’re tired of experience gas, bloating, belching, or discomfort after eating. Perhaps you know you have a higher risk of developing a certain condition and are looking to prevent that diagnosis. Or maybe you want to be proactive now, to ensure continued wellness in the future.

You’ve decided to change your eating, but you’ve tried that before, maybe many times, and it didn’t last. You weren’t able to stick with it and you fell back into old patterns. Why should this time be any different? It depends.

You may work best, as many do, with gradual changes. Too much too fast and you’ll feel intimidated and want to stop. You begin by starting with breakfast. You replace your usual bowl of cereal or slice of toast with a balanced meal containing protein, good fats, and fibre. Once that becomes routine, you move on to the next step. These small changes over time will take you closer to your goal and you won’t be overwhelmed or feel deprived.

But maybe that bit-by-bit approach is dangerous for you. You prefer all-or-nothing. “Go big or go home”, so to speak, so there is no room for slips and no worry you will fall off the wagon. You choose to clean out your fridge and cupboards of all foods with a long list of ingredients, replacing them with whole foods. If the food is not in your house, you won’t be tempted to eat it.
Which of these sounds more like you?

A fundamental principle in holistic nutrition is: What works for one person does not necessarily work for another. There is no one best way to eat better or to modify behaviour. Learning your personal tendencies, your preferred way of doing things, will help you to choose the best methods for change. Rather than fighting your nature, we work with it to create sustainable habits.
When you know yourself, you are empowered.

When you accept yourself, you are invincible. ~ Tina Lifford

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