I’ve gotta hand it to you. I’m SO sick of most of the nutrition advice I hear these days. Honestly, there’s some really REALLY bad advice out there.
The first kind of bad advice: disordered eating advice –
Whether it’s restricting food intake, all or nothing thinking, guilt based nutrition, fear based eating, chances are you’ve been given this advice in the past, or known people who have.
All diets have some type of disordered thinking experienced this in the past or met people who were given that advice. And as awful as this advice is, we tend to follow it because we think it’s what it takes to lose weight, get fit, and feel healthy. Unfortunately, this type of advice always fails, ruins your relationship with food, and makes losing weight even harder in the future.
If you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably already tried some of this awful crap in the past and realized that it sucks and are ready for a better alternative, so you’re probably getting pretty good at spotting this type of bad advice.
The second kind of bad nutrition advice: pseudoscience and unsubstantiated claims –
Read any handful of health blogs and you will find the latest and greatest on “detoxing,” lists of foods to avoid because “toxins” or whatever, miracle cures and super supplements… and on and on.
Oh my gosh I used to believe ALL of these things, in fact, I spent so much time and money trying to follow all of these crazy rules of the latest and greatest “science,” eliminating entire food groups in the name of “good health,” doing detoxes while working twelve hour shifts in the hospital, spending way to much money on useless supplements.
This kind of advice sucks not only because it is useless, but also because it sets us up for a disastrous relationship with food. How could you possibly have a healthy relationship with food if you always feel like you’re one bite away from destroying your health?
The third kind of bad advice is not actually bad advice at all.
On the surface it looks like good advice, eat more veggies, avoid mindless eating… it may even be stuff that I would say is good advice.
But what makes this advice bad isn’t the actual information, it’s the application.
If you KNOW what to do, but don’t do it, it’s not going to get you anywhere.
Think about it. How many things do you feel like you know compared to what you do? Not just in food and eating, but in every aspect of life. We know to spend less than we make, but somehow it’s easier to just whip out that credit card. We know life is easier when we don’t let the dishes pile up, but it’s so much easier to just sit and watch Netflix than clean the kitchen. We know our parents and grandparents would love us to keep in touch more regularly, but it’s easier to put off that phone call.
If you’re aligned with the principles of conscious eating, but still feeling like you’re not making progress, this is most likely the biggest mistake you’re making: not taking action, despite having knowledge.
So why don’t we take action when we know what to do?
Action killer #1: Overwhelm – This is what happens when we look at EVERYTHING we have to do, and feel like we can’t possibly accomplish it all. So instead of doing something, we end up doing nothing because we are afraid to fail, and uncertain where to begin.
Overwhelm Solution: just do one thing – instead of trying to do it all, start with one small step. When I work with clients we often make just one change to their entire day. Eat one meal mindfully, add veggies to one meal, avoid mindless eating between dinner and bedtime… Although just one action seems small compared to everything we have to do, it can actually inspires us to make another small change, and these small changes compounded together over time add up to big results.
Action killer #2: Procrastination – sometimes we procrastinate because we’re overwhelmed, but another big reason we procrastinate is because we have this idea that “now is not the right time” like the stars will just magically align one day and we’ll have more time, more motivation, fewer demands on our day. Well I have news for you, the future is going to come, but it’s going to come with its own challenges and its own struggles that we don’t know about yet. So there likely will NEVER be a better time than now, even if it seems impossible now.
Procrastination Solution: start now- Remember, the future will come with challenges as well, so it’s not likely that it will ever be easier later. So just. Get. Started.
Action killer #3: Inertia – “An object in motion stays in motion, and an object at rest stays at rest.” If you’ve been at rest for a while, the first step is always the hardest. Because we get so used to not doing anything that taking action feels supremely uncomfortable and different. But once you take that first step it becomes easier and easier.
Inertia Solution: Get a little push forward – Sometimes to get the ball rolling, you just need a little push, some help, ideas, and inspiration. Find a coach, get support, enlist a friend to help you take the first steps. It’s always easier once you get started.
What is ONE small thing that you can do to take action today? Will you commit to doing it? Let me know in the comments below.