This week I decided to change my diet. I am a carb lover. Pasta, pizza, popcorn, potatoes and Pinot are staples in my pantry. But I decided to try adopting a primal approach to eating. I've been thinking about it for several months. My podcast cohost and nutrititional coach, Jo-Anne Gibson has experienced great results from eating this way. On Reframe Your Life we interviewed Erin Power and she talked about the benefits of adopting this lifestyle.
I gave myself a month of working up to it (read: eating all the carbs I wanted), picked a day and then started eliminating carbs from my diet. I've been eating low carb for not quite a week. I haven't been 100% at it but I am probably sitting at about 85% 'on track.' I've had successes and setbacks. I've got the information I need and the supportive relationships. I've basically followed the 'change management' playbook. I know all the things that need to happen to make a change in my life.
So why is it so hard to change?
It is hard to change because even though you know that there are benefits in making the change, actually making the change is hard work. In order to change my eating habits I have to do a lot of things differently. I have to plan meals, buy different foods, cook a certain way and think about what I am doing.
It is not easy. It goes beyond food choices. It gets into mindset. I start thinking about how much I dislike following rules. And then I start thinking about how I don't want to let weight or inches or any other external marker become a measurement of success in my life. And then before I know it I am picturing myself buying a motorcycle and heading out on road trip of diners on Route 66, giving all the primal eating people the finger as I eat burgers and fries. I'm serious. I think about these things while I make another salad and boil more eggs.
Change is hard because it forces us to really think about what is important. It involves doing new things. And it involves stopping behaviours that were comfortable and satisfying even if they weren't healthy.
So, on my 5th day of this primal diet, I'm reminding myself that it is hard. I'm doing all the right things and I need to be patient with myself. I keep reminding myself why I wanted to make this change. I think about the big picture. I have committed to trying it for 3 weeks and then evaluating if I want to continue.
Change is hard. It is good to make changes in your life and pay attention to the way you handle it. What are you telling yourself? Where is your resistance? What do you need to do to be successful?
It certainly isn't a straight line. Learning, change, and transformation involves setbacks, successes, stumbling, starting over and strength. And maybe Syrah.