My house on the outside is clean, comfortable and organised - or so that is what it appears to be. When you open a cupboard you have to duck for cover with the overflow of “stuff” oh and by the way avoid the garage and store room.
Sometimes that is how our brain feels, on the outside we look uncluttered but on the inside we are brimming with ideas, thoughts, memories and that endless what to do list ultimately making us feel disorganised and perhaps a little depressed due to the overwhelm.
The way that many of us approach our health is very similar. Although we want to be healthy and we want to make great food choices everyday, sometimes it's just not possible. Our brains are so cluttered with “stuff” we have to make room for new ideas and concepts. To make changes stick we need to deal with the clutter within.
This idea struck me while I was watching youtube sensation Marie Kondo in her Netfilx series Tidying Up. She shook all my conventions and it took me a little time to come around to her system of organising as I hate to admit it, her ideas were far better than mine. How can we relax and enjoy our space when we are surrounded by kaos? We can’t clear our thoughts or make good choices when our homes and our heads are filled with “stuff” that we either no longer need or think that we need.
It’s like eating healthy, we are full of lots of ideas about healthy eating but it's hard to change habits that took a lifetime to create. We need to deal with all the clutter. We have to break our patterns of old unhealthy eating habits and create new healthy eating habits.
To make a start, I put together 10 golden rules for eating healthy. You are probably going to read this list and think, it's just not possible. That’s ok. Just catalogue it in your brain until it does make sense and it is doable. When making changes there are two types of people in this world. Those that change everything at once, and the rest of us who need to take things bit by bit. One change at a time, and when you are ready, then go to the next step. Don’t think that you have to do it in this order, just pick the easiest change for you, start with that and when you have aced it try another.
Krys’ 10 golden rules for healthy eating:
Marie Kondo asks this one question when letting go of possessions does it spark joy for you? If an item sparks joy, then keep it. If it no longer does, or you have no use for it in your life ahead, then let go of it. Thank the item and graciously give it away.
Just like food, embrace the healthy foods and be thankful that you are eating to heal rather than create disease. Then, say no thank you graciously to the unhealthy ones. Let them go, as they do not belong in your healthier life now and in the future.
Uncluttering your life and your home can be the first step to healthy living. Because, once you have nailed that, then you can move onto other areas of your life such as your health and wellbeing to get even more rewards and importantly joy.
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