I’m not talking about new lovers madly attracted to each other, although that’s great chemistry at work too! I’m referring to your biochemistry and particularly, about your hormonal and blood sugar balances. There are so many things in our diets and lifestyle that disrupt hormones and normal blood sugar stability and ultimately the result is impaired metabolism, decreased energy levels, increased hunger and cravings for bad food.
On the contrary, when the body is fuelled optimally (I can help with that!) blood sugar levels are balanced throughout the day and you simply will not have the cravings to fight like you currently do. Cravings, just like the symptoms noted above, are an indication of a weakness in the body – not of your will power. Hear me say this again:
Cravings are a weakness of something in the body – not of your willpower.
Balanced blood sugars, regulated hormones = normalized appetite and less cravings. This means you don’t have to rely on motivation so much, because your body is doing the work for you.
Okay, so feeling good and dealing with less cravings or temptations certainly would make maintaining a clean diet and lifestyle easier. It’s a lot easier to maintain once you’re feeling great, not dealing with cravings, and seeing the rewards of your efforts. But how do you get to that point in the first place? I hear you.
There is one thing that helped me get there initially and that helps me get back there when I have temporary lapses (yup it happens to holistic nutritionists too)!
Being accountable to someone or something else is key. It’s far too easy to let ourselves down. It’s just human nature. Numerous studies show that being held externally accountable, ideally to an individual or group who has already achieved what you are aiming to do, is what separates the super successful from the mediocre. Among the many benefits of having accountability:
- Accelerates performance and helps develop strategy- Tracks progress and measures success
- Keeps you engaged during times of distraction
- Develops self-responsibility and eliminates excuses
- Validates your thoughts, silences your inner critic, and provides constructive guidance
Accountability is what gets your motor running, gives it a boost when required, and continues to refuel you on a continual basis.