Usually when I’m feeling down, it’s because of one of two things. I’m either a) not listening to God, or b) I am resisting the changes He wants me to make in my life. When I know what I need to do, but yet I continue to make excuses, then I’m only hurting myself.
According to Tony Robbins, there are three principals of lasting change.
- Raise your standards.
- Change your limiting beliefs
- Change your strategy
First, we have to want to change. We have to decide what we want out of our life as well as what we don’t want. When I found myself sick, barely able to walk, plagued with brain fog, I knew that I had to change the way I was eating. My first step to getting well was deciding to adapt the gluten free lifestyle. So I took action immediately and excluded it from my diet. To heal my body, I knew that I needed healing foods. Therefore, I raised the standards about what I would allow into my body. If it doesn’t meet my guidelines, I don’t eat it.
Secondly, I changed my limiting beliefs about food. Instead of seeing doughnuts and fast food as something delicious, I saw it as foods that were making me sick. Eliminating them from my diet would help me get well. The fruits and vegetables that I once thought were expensive and time consuming suddenly transformed to me. Now I see them as healing medicine for my body. We really can’t put a price on good health.
Lastly, we have to change our strategy. The way I was eating was not working for me. My body was consumed with inflammation. So once I started researching my food options and educating myself on the different types of food, I was able to heal myself. It took several attempts. I had to change my strategy several times, but I didn’t give up.
It’s been three years, and I am still gluten free. While my inflammation levels are excellent, I know that if I was to fall back into my old habits, then I would be right back to where I started. When I am tempted, I remember why I decided to make the change and it helps me to stay on track.