Sunday, July 19, 2009

It can take 3 to 6 months to shift a core eating pattern - ARTICLE

What's a core eating pattern?

It is for instance:
  • Starting to eat only raw in the evenings.
  • Getting used to green smoothies.
  • Getting rid of bread and replacing it with raw whole flour.
  • Etc.
These are core habits because they are more than a small shift.

The mistake that most people make is trying to go from a normal worldly diet to 100% raw within a day.

They then try to maintain this raw diet for 30 days for instance and then shift back to their old diet.

Sure, this will cleanse your body and have a great impact, but what happens next?

You go back to the old habits because maintaining a raw diet seems to require too much will power.

Here is what I encourage your to do instead: THINK LONG TERM!

It really took me 3 months to get used to eating raw salads in the evenings.

After that period, I started enjoying it so much that the idea of going back to a cooked meal in the evening was simply unthinkable!

During that period, I focused ONLY on that specific nutrition shift.

Why is that?

Because if you spread your effort over too many nutrition shifts at a time, you will lose your focus and could miss your target.

Your body, emotions, biofield need to get used to this new habit.

A habit is rooted in many levels and when you shift a core nutrition habit like the ones I describe, your whole being starts reacting and readapting to this new pattern.

Honestly, even on a deeper level, I have the feeling that the cleansing process of my body which happens when shifting a core nutrition pattern is still going on 2 years after I made that shift.

These are longer energy cycles and I will come to them in another article.

For now, remember to be gentle with yourself.

This is not a race!

You want to establish core practices that you can EASILY maintain on the long term.

If you use too much will power or suppression tactics your body and emotions tend to fight back.

You often go back to your starting point as soon as you run out of will power.

So, to summarize, here is the strategy I encourage you to follow:

Step 1: Choose the exact nutrition pattern you want to change (raw lunch, raw snacks, raw dinner, smoothies, etc)

Step 2: Gently introduce this new nutrition habit in your daily life.

Step 3: Maintain this habit without changing any other core nutrition behavior until this habit is fully grounded.

Be patient with yourself.

If you follow this approach, you can totally shift your diet within a year + really own the new patterns you established.

A year might seem like a long time but it is not! REALLY!

What you are changing is not just an action, it is a core set of energies in your biofield, mind and physical body.

To your unlimited vitality!