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A Change in Perception Can Change Your Health

feed your soul Apr 11, 2022

A simple Google search for the term “weight loss” yields 5,110,000,000 results. That's right! Over five billion diets ready and waiting for those eager beavers seeking to shed unwanted pounds.


If you're one of these seekers, go ahead and take your pick. No one is stopping you!


But before you do, I want you to be honest with yourself—so honest it hurts. Do you really believe the next one will work? What’s changed since your last attempt? Let me rephrase that: what’s changed in YOU? 


Author Mike Robbins once said, nothing changes until you do. He even wrote a book with the same title. 


Nothing changes until you do.


Really allow those five words to seep into your cells. Let them swim around for a few seconds.


Now allow me to put my spin on it: nothing changes until you change how you see yourself.


Not your:

  • weight
  • cholesterol
  • blood pressure
  • blood sugar
  • relationship with food
  • relationship with your body

 

Who are you? It’s all about perception  

 

A healthy, loving, and grounded relationship with yourself should come naturally because after all, you were born knowing who you really are. Just watch a toddler toddle towards his reflection in a mirror and greet himself with a big sloppy kiss.


He knows.


He was born knowing his body is a temple. He knows his absolute worth as a child of God. He came out of the womb with a can-do, nothing-can-stop me attitude because he intuitively knows that God has his back. 


As adults, charred from the fiery perception of our own internal dragons, we must work at polishing the window out of which we see the world. 


The good news is, at this moment you can challenge these dragons and shift your perception—widen your internal eyes, take a look around and envelope yourself in the infinite source of greatness that is patiently waiting for you.

 

 

Food choices and perception  

 

I believe all food choices are snap decisions. Whether or not you make the right choice depends on which of the two lenses you are looking through:


Do you see it as something you have to do or something you're choosing to do?


Listen, unless someone is pointing a gun at your head, you don’t have to do anything. Have to implies you have no choice in the matter. And we all know what happens when the power of choice (especially when it comes to food) is stripped from us. It’s a dangerous space to linger and the premise of most diets out there.


A decision made with a have to mentality almost guarantees your car will drive itself to KFC for a bucket of finger lickin' good.


For example:

  • I have to drink this kale smoothie because Mel said so.
  • I have to order the salmon because my cholesterol is too high.


Let me repeat: You don’t have to do anything. You don’t have to:

  • go to work
  • eat kale
  • pay your taxes
  • exercise
  • drink water instead of soda


You either choose to do them, or not. It's 100% up to you.

 

Snap decisions and a moment of presence  

 

You have but a flash of a second to decide how you will perceive what's before you:

 

  • I have to, or
  • I'm choosing to  


But within that microsecond, there exists a small space available to you—the space of presence. You’ve heard me talk about this before. It’s the space you can access with the ease of a single, conscious breath.

 

Lest you think this is some sort of airy-fairy, kumbaya concept, think again. This is where the smart folks go when they finally come to the realization that the strength they’ve been seeking is right inside of them, in this moment.   

 

Perception is your saving grace…because Cinnabons aren’t going away   

 

There will always be cheese pizza, Jack Frost Donuts, French fries, and Cinnabons. Let’s face it, they aren’t going anywhere. Short of living in exile on a remote island off the coast of South Africa, like it or not, if you want to achieve a healthy balance of mind and body, you’re going to have to learn how to coexist peacefully with these foods. 

 

The next time you're faced with a food that makes you weak in the knees, remember—the diet isn’t going to save you. It won’t help you make the right choice. In fact, it’ll only add fuel to your fire of desire for the very food you are trying to avoid. 

 

The only thing that will save you, is a shift in perception exercised in a moment of presence. 

 

By taking a single, sweet, conscious breath, you are able to tap into a strength that will blow your mind. 

 

Let’s role play so that you can apply this to real-life situations

 

Scenario #1: The airport Cinnabon


You’re at the airport, starving and face-to-face with the Cinnabon counter. The smell is intoxicating and you can already feel your teeth sinking into the tender cinnamon dough blanketed by warm fluffy frosting.


You have two choices: order it, or not.


Here’s what not to do:


Do not get into this inner dialogue: I really shouldn’t. I mean, I have so much weight to lose and this will just put me over the edge. I have to walk away. Cinnabons are off limits!


Even though you may decide against ordering the Cinnabon, you'll find a way to sabotage yourself in the very near future. This I can absolutely guarantee. 

 

Shift your perception instead:


Take a slow, deep breath to bring yourself into the present moment. Shift your self-talk to something like this: Even though I have 100% freedom to eat that Cinnabon, I choose to find something that will nourish my body instead. Cinnabon will always be there if I really want it.

 

Scenario #2: The bread basket


It’s 6:00 and your last meal was noon. Beyond hungry, you sit down at your favorite neighborhood restaurant with your family and mindfully order the grilled salmon with veggies and a club soda with a twist of lime.


The server brings your drink, along with a basket of piping hot French bread. Everyone grabs a hunk and slathers it with butter, as you sit drooling like a begging Basset Hound. You promised yourself no bread because it's a major culprit of your high blood sugar. 


History reveals you’ve never been able to resist the bread. And that’s exactly the problem— you were resisting it! And what you resist always persists. It adds fuel to your fire of desire for the bread. 

 

Shift your perception instead:


Take a slow, deep breath to bring yourself into the present moment. Shift your self-talk to something like this: Even though I have 100% freedom to eat this bread, I choose to wait for my dinner instead. Bread will always be there, and I can have a slice any time I choose. 

 

Scenario #3: The second glass of wine


You’re out with the girls enjoying a happy hour glass of cheer. Everyone orders a second drink.


You know that a second glass of wine will catapult you into FLC land (feel-like-crap) come tomorrow morning. The second glass always makes you feel foggy and groggy. You promised yourself you’d stick to a one-drink maximum and now the pressure’s on as your beloved, well-meaning girlfriends cajole you: Oh come on…it’s just one more glass! 


Shift your perception:


Ta
ke a slow, deep breath to bring yourself into the present moment. Shift your self-talk to something like this: Even though I have 100% freedom to order another drink, I choose to sip on water instead. Besides, if I cap it at one I can still feel amazing tomorrow morning.

 

You can do this my beautiful friend. Remember, no one is taking anything away from you.


Have fun and make a game out of it! Don’t count the number of times you made the wrong choice, rather relish in the bliss of the one you made in a space of presence, while staying true to yourself. 

 

 

 

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