People ask me all the time, “How do I change my diet?”

Ladies and Gentlemen, the answer is simple: You just do it.

Actually, the answer is not so simple.  The idea of change can be a scary thing for a lot of people.  The problem is that most of us only want the easy answers, and gravitate towards whatever will yield the fastest result in the least amount of time.  Case-in-point: “Lose 10 lbs in 10 days!”

If you want the truth, here it is: If you truly want something to change, then you have to commit to being in it for the long haul.

The first step is actually quite easy—it’s nothing but an action.  One single action.  A different choice than you’ve made before, say eating brown rice instead of white bread.

The second step is to not go back on the first step.  The second step involves repeating that first action, over and over again until that first action becomes second nature—a habit.

The third step is when the real journey begins.  The third step involves taking the plunge into true understanding.  A lot of people can be told what to do, but what happens when the teacher leaves?  Has the student truly learned?  This third step is all about teaching yourself how and why you’re making the choices you’re making.  Do you know why brown rice is better than white bread?  Sure, your nutritionist said so, but do you know the science behind it?  Are you aware that white bread is ranked very high on the glycemic index?  Do you understand that by eating white bread, you’re spiking your insulin, which in return helps store fat cells?  These are the pieces of information that make a habit stick.

A habit without knowledge is nothing but a repeated action.  A habit founded on insight and understanding is a way of life.

Not everyone is going to have the same diet.  Not everyone is going to share similar interests.  But when you really dig deep, you can see quite clearly that the one thing all actions have in common is change.  A new sleep schedule requires change.  Climbing the ladder of success requires change.  Landing a better job or growing as a person or starting a new diet, requires change.  So when someone asks me for help, for information on what to eat, how I live gluten-free in a wheat-obsessed country, I can give them all the suggestions in the world, but ultimately it’s going to come down to one thing and one thing only, and that’s their ability to take the first step, stick to it, and then spend diligent time understanding why.

Or, in shorter terms and as Nike always says:

Just do it.

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