That little piece of trivia dawned on me this morning. Now, that may seem odd, but I used to plow through a package, or two, of Oreo's per week. It was, for me, a pretty engrained habit. Then, one day, I stopped ... five and a half years ago.
I was 27 and watching my body fall apart: I was in pain, I felt tired all the time, and I was terrified of the potential side effects of long-term steroid use.
In functional medicine, this is often referred to as a pain-point. The point at which maintaining status quo is more painful than changing ones lifestyle. I wanted a life full of energy and joy. What I had was a lot of illness and hopelessness.
My pain-point was high: I wanted to tear my skin off, I barely had the energy to leave the house and when I did, the sight of my blistered skin scared people ... literally.
My gut instinct pointed toward diet & lifestyle as driving factors in the symptoms I was experiencing. My intuition was reinforced by family, friends, and a few wellness practitioners. With their support, I rebuilt, step-by-step, the environment I lived in.
I changed my diet & lifestyle: I replaced packaged and processed food-like-products with real whole food (the kind that doesn't have an ingredient list), I made time in nature a priority, and I slept ... a lot.
I built new habits through a combination of gradual change and cold-turkey removal. Oreos, for example, were gone overnight. Others things, like pasta, were replaced as I learned how to cook. The key was to continually push my edge (which I define as being just outside your comfort zone).
I'm grateful: pain forced me to pay attention and question the choices I was making. It gave me the opportunity to decide that my health was worth the sacrifice.
Now, of course, it doesn't feel like much of a sacrifice. I honestly don't miss eating Oreos. But for a time, I did, I really really did. However, understanding why change was important to me, what I needed to do and how to go about it, gave me the roadmap to build the habits that would support my health.
For that, I am forever grateful. I'd love to tell you more about the WHY, WHAT, and HOW of habit change at 6:00 pm (MST) TOMORROW (March 21st). You can join the live online class here (p.s. it's free). If you'd like more info about the event, check out this link.