It has happened! The whole plant-based lifestyle has made the cover of a magazine in “cow town”! Yes – you are not experiencing a hallucination. Trifecta magazine is a local Calgary publication that “inspires well-being and mindful living through community connections while focusing on three aspects of health: Mind, Body and Soul. ”
The Winter, 2018 issue features my story. ” A Plant Based Diet: Live Longer, Leaner and Livelier.” My story is shared in more detail as an appreciation of incredible gratitude for finding an amazingly healing way to restore as much health and wellness as possible. Here it is: http://trifectamagazine.ca/this-issue/ . This is free on news stands locally.
This past weekend, we gathered others to hear and record their “success stories’ as part of our preparation for the “How” day of our upcoming Fork Smart Summit on April 27 and 28th in Calgary, Alberta. (Tickets available now: https://summit.forksmart.org/ ) When I first approach people to share their successes, they were hesitant. Why?
None of these people are particularly shy or timid. It had nothing to do with any kind of comfort level of speaking in public or on camera. This was not a wish to remain ‘private’. Nor did it have anything to do with feeling little or no gratitude. To the contrary, all are very enthusiastic and indeed, very grateful. So what is the hesitation all about?
The hesitation is about the common shared view of ‘success’. Many viewed success as achieving ‘optimal health’ and the elimination of all issues/problems. This type of view is one in which success is seen as a destination – a kind of final end-point.
How accurate is that view? You may have fallen into the same trap of viewing success only in terms of a destination. If you do view success in this way it may help you to understand how you are unknowingly contributing to deflating your motivation to stick to your wellness goals.
This ‘success as destination’ mindset can lock you into a trap of thinking of yourself as not doing anything much or even failing if not all your wellness goals are fully achieved within a particular time frame. Most goals are outcome -based and also attached to a defined time period. Perhaps you have been schooled in the “S.M.A.R.T.” formula for setting goals (aka. specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, timely).
This tried and true formula for goal setting is used often in work settings for performance issues. It is also used quite commonly in people’s more personal pursuits like in the areas of fitness and diet. It makes sense when you are trying to get to an endpoint – like achieve a contract or participate and finish a race.
However, when goal setting is used for dieting, that is when it often leads to a repeated cycle of success- failure – success- failure and so on. Sometimes the cycle is very short – and it is referred more commonly as “the yo-yo” effect. Resulting in losing weight and then gaining more back and then back on the diet to lose again, only to gain it back and more.
How come? The first issue is that people choose to ‘diet’ rather than choose a lifestyle. A diet is often intended and viewed aa a temporary state until the goal of losing xx pounds/ kilograms is achieved. Rarely do diets address how to maintain and keep off the weight loss – all the attention is on losing it and little on how to keep it off. Most diets are built to be temporary and therefore difficult to sustain on an ongoing basis. In fact, many, if sustained, make people vulnerable to harmful side effects as there is often no evident-based science to support the diet’s reliability and validity.
When you choose a lifestyle, you often need to alter your ‘success as destination’ mindset. Choosing a lifestyle – a way of eating that is evidence-based demonstrating its reliability and validity – requires altering your mindset of success. Lifestyle like a whole plant-based lifestyle means that success is about celebrating different achievements along the way because the journey never ends. There is no ‘destination” – even when you have lost the weight you wanted to achieve or got off that cholesterol medication or are no longer diabetic – all wonderful achievements – that you never ever want to end!!
It might, as some with success stories shared, that you are trying to avoid the ill health your parents experience in their senior years. Instead of enjoying the perks of retirement. many are sidelined by the ravages of lifestyle diseases like heart disease. diabetes, some forms of cancer and other degenerative illnesses. To avoid and prevent such illnesses – and live currently with the absence of illness and enjoy greater wellness and vitality – that is success!!!
Acknowledging, sharing and celebrating these successes with a whole plant-based lifestyle is well worth sharing as it serves to reinforces self-motivation, inspires others to join you and keeps you on your never-ending lifestyle journey!