When it comes to making dietary changes there are two ways to go about it. There’s the approach I’m taking of basically removing everything and starting from scratch. Juicing for several days to a week, then slowly adding foods back in.
By slowly adding foods in you have a chance to see what foods might be causing you problems when you consume them. I’ve chosen this approach because it quickly rids me of the foods that may be causing me issues beyond the Fibro. When it comes to Gluten it’s in everything! And for me it’s a lot easier to just start at the basics and slowly add.
The other option to just the opposite. Instead of removing everything and slowly adding items in, you can slowly remove things, making small changes. For most people, this is a much easier route to go. However, I know that I’m much more likely to not get to the final goal if I go that route.
A while back I was sent* a book, that takes the latter approach. The Kaizen Plan for Healthy Eating: Take Control of Your Diet 10 Minutes at a Time (The Kaizen Plan Series) Kaizen is a Japanese word meaning “continuous improvement”.
This is something we should all be doing all the time – continually striving to improve ourselves. In this e-book the author, Lynn Johnston, shares small steps that you can make to improve your diet and your health.
The idea is that you much such small changes that you barely notice them and before long you’ve made the big change to a healthier, happier you.
Personally, I LOVE this idea, whether or it’s in regards to our diet or just to any aspect of our life. It’s easier to make small changes. It’s easier to dedicate 5 minutes a day to cleaning one thing in the house than it is to say “I’m going to clean the house today”. We don’t have the energy to do that with Fibro.
When it comes to diet and Fibro, after a while it’s easy to just get worn down to the point where you don’t care anymore. We get depressed and then we eat depression food (sugar, starch, etc – comfort food) instead of reaching for the fruits and veggies we know are good for us.
In her book, Lynn comments that often the change we wish to make it actually several small changes. And that by making the small changes individually, we can make the big change much easier with a lot less “pain”.
The steps seem overly simple at first. You want to say “what’s the point of that?” but as you go further they do stack upon each other.
I suggest reading the whole book before you disregard it. Even if you don’t follow the steps there’s a lot of really good wisdom shared and some knowledge that you might not already have.
In my opinion, any book that gives you even one thing you didn’t already know or makes you question something is worth the time to read.
We all have changes we want to make, and Kaizen Plan can be used to make any type of change you need. Just break it down into the smallest most basic steps. Become the technical writer for your life. This book should help you get started with that.