Veruka Salt was a spoiled little child in the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Her famous line was “I want it now.” In the movies this could happen although when it really came down to the big prize she was dubbed a bad egg. I think that often in our nutritional life we are a lot like Veruka Salt. We decide that we want all these changes in our physique, our health and our wellness so we go after it. The obstacle that we end up facing though is too much change too quickly. A select few personalities can just flip a switch but the greater majority need small changes over time.
So what does small change over time look like. I have found the most success when people make one small change until it becomes habitual. Then they add another small change until it becomes habitual and so on. An example of this small change may be displacing some of the carbohydrates they are consuming with protein. At the end of the day the calories are the same but some of the macronutrients are switched around. This change tends to be easy for clients to implement. Another example may be to add a high quality fish oil to their current daily intake. Small steps over time pay huge dividends and this post is not about prescription it’s about small change.
There are other changes that also work well. I have had huge success with having clients focus on only eating foods on a specific list. They do not have to worry about calories or amounts in the beginning. They simply are asked to choose foods that are on the list. This helps them eliminate some of the foods that are not great fuel sources. As you progress in the small changes and you experience results the desire to take things a step further grows and becomes contagious. The best way to have huge successes in life are to change small disciplines over time. Displacing one not so great habit with a good one reaps huge dividends.
The Veruka Salt attitude is way outdated and simply does not work. However, there are so many of us like her. Time will pass regardless so making small steps may as well be part of the plan. The big jumps lead to a lot of starting over. Too much change leads to overwhelm and overwhelm leads to being a bad egg. Start small with your changes today. Make a commitment to cut out dairy or brains or simply make a commitment to start your day with a room temperature glass of water. Until next time stay healthy and stay committed.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013