In Infinite Possibilities Mike Dooley describes how the actions one takes reflect his or her beliefs. He suggests further that the actions also affect the beliefs. He uses money and physical weight as his prime examples.
When we feel angst about a choice we make, chemicals are released that affect our metabolism, often decreasing it. Small changes can expand the belief without the angst, and the metabolism is maintained more optimally.
A good place to check your belief about your physical self is your grocery cart. If MOST of the items are “Low Calorie”, “Low Fat”, “Low Sugar”, “Diet”, and particularly processed, frozen foods, you, more than likely, believe your are overweight or fear being there.
When you select and purchase nutritional items, you want to be in a sustained feeling of buoyancy, fitness and health. That reflects the belief of empowerment. Enter the store or market with that feeling at whatever level you can.
Ask yourself what you are hungry for and take time with that, listening to your body. Have a prepared list with you, and if you need help with that, contact me and I will post one for you. In the meantime, simple basics:
– lean protein – fish, chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, eggs, beans, yogurt, low-fat cheese, skim milk, supplements (read label!)
– fruits and vegetables (light on the melon)
– complex carbohydrates – rice, quinnoa, oats, multigrain bread or wraps
– essential fats – avocado, olives, olive oil, cashews, almonds, pine nuts
– spices and herbs (so that your food tastes really good)
You will be adding coffee, tea, or water and other personal favorites. When you choose, read the label and ask yourself, “Is the best I can do for ME?”
If you would like to soften or change your belief about yourself physically, then grocery shopping is a good place to make changes that are effective. Another good place is a physical activity that is new, and maybe a little challenging, for you.
Small changes slide past a belief that you want to change or tweek. A luxury for me this week was purchasing a container of Ranier Cherries, which I love, are low glycemic and give me continuous energy. They are often expensive and this week they were on sale – power in the nutrition and power in the purchase.
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