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The Myth of the Easy Tweak

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We hear it all the time.  Blasted from commercials and plastered on magazine covers.

The promise of easy results.  A simple “tweak” to my diet that effortlessly brought in major weight loss.   A little heard of vitamin that immediately corrected my raging moods.  A secret superfood that cleared out my cellulite.

The promise of the easy tweak…is really the myth of the easy tweak.

Here’s why.

Tweaks only produce real change when our foundation is strong and well established.  A can of paint really can do wonders for a room- but that assumes the walls aren’t falling down.

I think it is in our very nature to want major change without majorly changing.  I get it.  And I also know that to try majorly changing a life that already feels tapped to the brim seems overwhelming.

Small shifts and baby steps don’t have to fall into the category of “easy tweaks” if they are directed at our foundations first.

I think of our foundations in 4 critical areas.  Four minimum requirements for solid well being.

1.  How you eat.
2.  How you handle stress.
3.  How you sleep.
4.  How you move.

When these four categories are fundamentally cared for- tweaks to the system really do produce huge results.

This isn’t about perfection.  Our sleep doesn’t have to be perfect before we can experience a true and deep sense of vitality and well being….but a chronically sleep deprived momma simply can’t function anywhere close to how she is meant to.

Same goes with how we feed ourselves.  We don’t need to be a poster child for the cleanest diet out there- but incrementally shifting our diet to one that gives our body the raw materials it needs to experience the mental, emotional, and physical health is essential.

 

 

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Brittnie (A Joy Renewed)

Great post… so true. Excited for the videos!

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Lisa

Thanks, Brittnie– Let me know what you think about the videos too!

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Emily

Totally agree. Americans are spoiled, which has made them lazy and entitlement-minded: “Let me live however I want, but create or discover this wonder drug/natural remedy/superfood that will instantly heal me of the ailments I bring upon myself.”

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Lisa

Mmm- sometimes I think it’s human nature, too a bit ;-)

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Angie

Breaking it down to the fundamental needs is critical. I too am guilty of thinking that radical change: a new job, a new wardrobe, a new hobby would make the difference. When in fact, something as simple as a yoga class, a coffee date with a good girlfriend, or a hot uninterrupted bath, might be the answer.

Thanks and I look forward to hearing more.

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