WATCH YOUR MOUTH! It is (in part) your fault.

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You only have to watch the TV for a few minutes to know what time of year it is—Resolution time, baby!  Indeed, the TV is working over-time telling us to start up that good ol’ annual pledge.  I even saw a commercial promoting a product that helps you lose weight, quit smoking, AND meet the love of your life all in 6 weeks, guaranteed!  (Yes, I was watching an infomercial at 2am.)  Unfortunately, no matter how much promise is behind the promise, statistics say we generally aren’t good about keeping them. Especially when it comes to health, we give up by Valentine’s Day. 

To me, this is tragic.  We have ALL this good intention, hope, commitment, and drive.  THIS year will be the year I lose that weight, pay off my credit card debt or exercise 3 times a week.  Sound familiar?  Probably all too much for most of us.  And, even with all that honesty and passion, why do we still fail over and over again? More importantly, WHAT in the world can we do to succeed?

My answer to this may seem a wee-bit harsh, and please take this as sweetly as it’s meant…but…it is (at least a little bit) your fault.  And to get whatever you want, all you need to do is look in the mirror to see that.  Allow me to explain—

As a nutritionist I hear a lot about what chronically ails people. More importantly, I hear about why.  No matter the reason—whether they suffer from a condition, their living situation won’t allow it, or they don’t have the money—there is often one thing in common: they have nothing to do with it.  It is something that has been done to them.  They have no control over it.  They suffer from it.  It is what it is, and there’s not much they can do about it.  A pill/crash diet/extreme exercise routine seems like a PERFECT idea for a last chance at reaching that dream…Hence, the (failing) resolutions.

The problem with these excuses is, in my years of counseling people, I’ve found them to be rarely true (and I mean like almost 99.9999% never true).  My experience has shown me that these people are just simply stuck in their current reality.  They’re pointing their finger at something—anything at all—other than inward.  I even had someone once tell me they had a rare condition that didn’t allow them to read maps, so they needed someone else to navigate.  Let’s face it—saying “I can’t do it” has a different ring (and is way easier to say) than “I just don’t do it. It’s not important enough. I don’t want it enough. I don’t prioritize it.”  So, they continue to live to dream.  Perhaps we all do this on some level…

                                 ”Every system is perfectly designed

                                     to achieve the results it gets.”

                                                              —Paul Batalden, M.D.

For this new-year, I wanted to offer a different option than to continue this cycle. How about a new resolution—one that asks you to stop looking outward for your solution?  If you want something you don’t have (or have something you don’t want), perhaps start looking in.  For example, think not that you suffer from a condition (that leaves you no way out).  Instead, ask: what am I contributing to this disease?  With every puff I smoke, with every bite I eat, with every sip I drink, I am not helpless or stuck. I am grasping with such a tight grip to this behavior, that I am the one actually doing the sticking.

I will finish this year’s newest blog with one of my favorite Cherokee proverbs.  I wish you the best of luck in your journey, and your healthiest year yet!

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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

happy new year

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Daina Slekys, MS, MPH is a Nutritionist and co-founder of Health-Ade kombucha, in Los Angeles, CA.  Email Daina your health questions and she’ll be happy to help! daina@health-ade.com

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