You’ve probably heard the phrase “You are what you eat.” I like to rephrase that thought and say, “It starts with food.”

I believe whatever it is that you want in your life starts with food. Is that confusing to you? What if you want to start your own business, or what if you want to travel? You might be thinking that those things have nothing to do with food.

The connection between food and your goals

Here’s the connection. To do anything new and different in our life, it takes energy. Most of us don’t have unlimited time and money to be able to solely focus on reaching that goal. So we are still doing what we need to do to earn a living or taking care of our daily responsibilities, while carving out the plans to start that business, or to be able to take an extended vacation.

It takes a certain amount of extra energy and focus to change the same-o, same-o.

Do you jump out of bed each day ready to do everything you already need to do plus spend some time doing the things that will lead you to what you want? For most people, the answer to that is…”I wish!!”

That’s where food comes in. I heard a saying a few months ago that says “Food creates moods” and that’s so true, isn’t it?

When I was growing up, dessert was a biggie. It was like that extra scoop of love at the end of the meal. (Needless to say, that habit led to years of being addicted to sugar!!) There are certain foods that are our “comfort” foods, and others that we have when we eat to celebrate.

How good do you want to feel?

If you really want to change what’s happening in your life, it starts with food. You must feel good enough to make the changes you want.

So where do you start? Do you have so much going on right now that you can’t even think about overhauling your diet? I’ve been there.

One of my favorite quotes is by Anais Nin, “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

When you feel crappy enough, when your gut hurts enough, when you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, looking at what you eat is a necessary step. Food is what fuels us. The right foods energize us. The wrong foods for our body drain us.

You can do this with small steps. This doesn’t have to be an OMG experience (although what you discover may be!).

First, simply start by taking some time to record how you are feeling right now. How’s your sleep? On a scale of 1-10, how’s your energy? Are you clear and focused or foggy headed? Are you congested? Does your gut hurt?

Why take the time to do this? Because as you start making changes, many times we forget how bad we really felt. Recording this gives you an insight on the progress you’re making.

After you do this, then begin tracking what you eat and how you feel right after you eat that food. Check in again two hours later. Record how you feel then.

I’ll tell you how to “read” and understand this in another post, but for now, evaluate where you are today. Don’t judge anything. This isn’t about blame. This is simply about becoming aware and acknowledging where you are at today.

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