Creating Long-Lasting Change
When it comes to changing behaviours, you really need to be in the zone.
What do we mean by being in the zone? Well, you have to want it, you have to want the outcome, you have to be willing to sacrifice something for the outcome.
Once we make our minds up to change, we are fully in, we are on board and it’s go time!
According to numerous experts and research, it takes anywhere from 21 – 60 days to create a new habit and illicit true change. We need this time to create different neural pathways which fire and wire in different ways than they did before to create lasting change.
By creating these different neural pathways we are learning to think differently, which creates behaviour change.
When we change certain behaviours that are not working for us, we are creating better habits, habits that, over time, go into our subconscious and we do them without thinking.
In terms of changes around food choices, the key is to rewire the brain to “forget” about not so great choices and “remember” to choose healthy options.
Healthy choices mean eating real food! You might be wondering what that means, after all, you might be thinking that what you’re currently eating is “real food”. But, if it comes in a box, packet or with a nutritional label, it’s likely not a whole food, but one that has been put together and modified in some way.
By real food or whole foods, we mean foods that you can recognise, foods that don’t come in a box, living foods and foods that the body knows what to do with.
By eating foods that have been processed, “diet” foods, or foods with a label we end up putting even greater stress on the body to try to figure out how to break down and assimilate these products into something it can use to fuel the body.
So, if you’re ready for change, change will happen. Do whatever you need to do to keep the vision of change you have fresh in your mind – create a vision board, send yourself positive quotes, only have real food in the house, don’t eat out, unless you’ve looked at the menu before you arrive (massively cutting down on your stress and anxiety around what to eat), remind yourself often of how you want to feel, look and be.
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Love Maggie & Sally.