How many times have you heard someone say (or have yourself said) something along these lines?
"I need to work on my diet"
"I need to get more strict/serious and work on losing weight"
"Eating healthy/exercising is too much work. You only live once!"
Last week I read an article about marriage. The article was discussing how marriage is less about working on keeping something beautiful than it is about continually building something beautiful and after I applied this thought process to my own relationship I thought, how true this is for nutrition too!
So often we dive into a diet/cleanse/meal replacement plan thinking, okay, I need to do this perfectly and then I'll lose weight. Then we (inevitably) fail, gain some, all or more of the weight back and look for the next answer to our weight loss woes. Why do we do this? Repeatedly? How on earth can we expect ourselves to execute something perfectly when we don't yet have the skills to execute something consistently?
I am here to tell you that your nutrition is not something you need to work at in an effort to maintain perfection - a perfect meal plan; a perfect body, but rather, something that you continually build in order to construct skills that allow you to create a sustainable well-balanced diet that doesn't feel like work at all.
With marriage, after all the vows and the va-va-voom, you're left with a piece of paper and a commitment, expected to create something out of nothing. WHAT!? What about the bumps, wrong turns and detours along the way to that Instagram-perfect picture of sacrifice, fidelity and love? Relationships are not prescriptive. What works for one couple might not work for another. There's no end or arrival, but rather a constant refinement of what works and what doesn't.
Nutrition operates on the same principle. There will be bumps, wrong turns and detours. What works for your Isagenix-loving friend won't necessarily work for you. There will never be one ultimate and true diet that works for you regardless of slip-ups, sickness, emergency and inconsistency. Your diet (at least, an effective one) will be a constant refinement of what works and what doesn't.
So why, WHY do we keep expecting it to be something different?
Why do we spend so much time on trying to eat perfectly and be "strict"?
Why do we spend so much energy on trying to create something out of nothing instead of building the skills that will get us where we want to go, albeit promising a longer road to get there?
Why aren't we grateful for the detours and the distractions when they help us to better define what works (and doesn't) for our bodies?
And why are we so afraid to invest our time and commitment into building something that will last instead of wasting our time and commitment on so many things that just. don't. work.
It's time to stop working and start building.
Eat Well. Live Well. Be Well.