So you now have an understanding about whether health is a priority. But that alone is not always enough. Some people have a crazy idea that they can start exercising more or eating better even though they hate exercise and dislike healthy foods!
This is a plan that revolves around ‘willpower’ alone and can often cause pain, and guilt and agony. Like the title song for the American sitcom ‘married with children describes - your thoughts and your actions have a similar relationship to love and marriage – you cant have one without the other!
Healthy mind, Healthy Body!
In "Mindless Eating" by Brian Wansink (GREAT BOOK), he describes a research project they conducted where they served a wine they described as "two-buck Chuck" with two different descriptions. One was described the wine as a
The people at the meal served the "California red" not only reported the wine as better, but the entire meal as well; the "North Dakota red" found the eaters with less enthusiasm for the meal. The capper is that both groups were served the SAME food too!
The point is that if want to, you can convince yourself of anything! If you have spent years believing that exercise is not enjoyable and that you don’t like healthy food, then your body will respond physically to these beliefs.
If you tall yourself something to be true – then in your mind it is!
If you want to change your lifestyle…the activities you do and the foods you eat, you also have to change the way you think about them. In medicine its called the placebo effect, in business its called marketing & in sports its called having a winning mentality.
It’s the same with healthy lifestyle change. Your thoughts determine your actions, and if you think that it is possible enjoy an activity or pay attention to the benefits….then there is more chance that you will return to it again and again
If an athlete loses their confidence their performance suffers (winning mentality), if a company does not talk positively about their services or products then their customers will not want to buy them (Marketing) and if a patient believes a medicine will work – then their belief alone can effect their recovery (Placebo effect).
Of course if you don’t like the taste of broccoli it will take time to teach your body to reaction more favourably to it, or to ‘learn a new behaviour’. But if you genuinely believe in your ability to learn, and you want to learn, you can teach yourself to enjoy new activities and new types of foods.
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