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October’s 31 Days of Real Food-Day 2

by Olivia Furlow

Day Two- Don’t overthink it…

resisting change

This blog post is later than I intended because I wanted to take the time once my day settled down to remind everyone to please, please try not to stress! Our 31 days can and will be a positive change in our lives but we must not complicate it and make it seem like a negative change, stress, or worry. So take a deep breath. Don’t overthink it? Okay, okay. Easier said then done, I get that! But today is today. Let go of tomorrow and live right here, right now. You could be creating a situation in your head that may not even become a “situation” in the first place. That stress or anxiety that you have now created is invading your current state of mind and you can’t possibly be in the now because you are too consumed with a “what if.”

Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but gets you nowhere.

A few of you have expressed to me some worries and stresses caused by overthinking about the future of your first “real food” grocery shopping trip. Remember guys, we have a whole 30 days left of implementing real food into our lives and little by little we will get there. Promise! We are only on day 2.

No one is going to accomplish their goals in an instant, it takes steady hard work and improvement, every day! If you can make a small improvement towards your goal every day and do that for however long it takes, you will get there! Each day that you are working towards your goal, it builds onto the next, giving you more motivation and confidence in your abilities. It is the small things that lay the foundation for a great wall…

“You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say, ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid. You do that every single day. And soon you have a wall.” -Will Smith

Often we set out with a big huge goal, and try to get it done in a hurry having every good intention in the world of seeing it through to the end. But many times people have a tenancy to get burned out and lose their passion in a hurry. This is the sad part about it, when we don’t start seeing results immediately then we give up, assuming that we can never accomplish this feat.

In order to prevent this we must realize, that it won’t be done overnight. It will take some hard work and time, if it didn’t everyone would have done it! Start out slow but don’t lose the momentum, create a snowball effect in which everyday drives you to do more than the last. Even the smallest thing that you do will make the biggest difference if you do the absolute best you can, building a great foundation.

Thinking in little steps helps the brain gain motivation, knowing that a small goal achieved today is not going to be such a hard task. Looking at the whole thing all at once though, thinking “It will take forever”, “It’s too much work”, and “I don’t have time for that” will ultimately drain you and you will be left with nothing accomplished.

Today I would like you to print out the list below and circle all the foods you would enjoy eating. Imagine yourself cooking, ordering, and tasting them. Clearly picture yourself with a plate of those foods in front of you. This will help you choose the foods you will stock in your fridge and pantry. But that will come a different day, stay present!

 

Real Food List

 

Proteins

Beef

Pork

Lamb

Game meats

Chicken

Turkey

Fish and Shellfish

Bacon

Sausage

Whole eggs

Greek yogurt

Cottage cheese

Raw milk cheeses and natural cheeses

Vegetables

Green leafy vegetables (lettuce, spinach, kale, etc.)

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Brussels sprouts

Cabbage

Artichokes

Green beans, snow peas, sugar snap peas

Asparagus

Zucchini

Squash

Eggplant

Tomato

Pepper

Onion, garlic, leeks, shallots

Beets, golden beets, beet greens

Carrots

Parsnips

Jicama

Radish

Mushrooms

Fermented vegetables -sauerkraut, pickles, pickled veggies

Sweet potatoes & yams

Potatoes

 

Fruits

Berries

Papaya

Pineapple

Pomegranate

Apple

Citrus fruit

Lemon

Lime

 

Fats

Butter

Bacon fat

Coconut oil

Olive oil

Coconut milk

Bacon

Avocado

Olives

Nuts & Seeds

 

Herbs, Spices and etc.

Sea salt

Himalayan Salt

Pepper

Garlic

Fresh herbs

Dried spices

Natural spice mixes

Fresh lemon juice

Fresh lime juice

Vinegar

Mustard

Horseradish

Happy Friday! 

 

 

 

One response to “October’s 31 Days of Real Food-Day 2”

  1. Laura says:

    Thanks Olivia! That list is really helpful!!

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