Accomplishing a small goal is better than feeling defeated by your big goals.
Forming new habits is a difficult task for anyone, but particularly when it comes to forming new dietary habits (and discarding old ones) there are perhaps a few more difficult changes to make in life. Particularly, in light of the evidence that many of the foods people eat every day have addictive properties to them (such as sugar and simple carbohydrates), it can make breaking habits that much more difficult. You are not just breaking habits, you are breaking addictions.
Part of the Kaufmann diet is breaking addictions to foods that may be contributing to underlying health problems. This is a secondary goal, of course, to the primary function of the Kaufmann Diet, which is starving pathogenic fungi and mitigating the risk of exposure to mycotoxins, or fungal poisons, often found in parts of our food supply. Interestingly though, there is evidence that if you are suffering from an underlying fungal problem that you will often crave the very foods that fungi crave; these are foods that are known to science to be addictive––foods like sugar, carbohydrates, etc. This perhaps provides some insight into why these foods are addicting to begin with.
The Kaufmann Diet is meant to be followed long-term as a lifestyle, not just as a temporary solution to health problems. However, as the Kaufmann Diet constitutes a drastic change in dietary habits for most people, it can be beneficial to set small goals that work towards life-long change.
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This can be as easy as cutting out one food that is not permitted on the diet that you are accustomed to eating, such as bread. Most Americans eat bread every day; your first step might simply be eliminating bread for two weeks. This small goal still might constitute a challenge for some, but after two weeks of eliminating bread from your diet, this small win gets you one step closer to a better diet and subsequently better health.
Perhaps your goal, too, is to begin an exercise regimen. This can be as easy as committing to walking for 30 minutes 3 times a week for a month. Most people can make time for this, and most people can participate in walking. After a month of accomplishing this simple goal, you have successfully initiated an exercise regimen and made that regimen a habit!
When you accomplish one small goal, set another. Perhaps in addition to bread, you decide to eliminate pasta and anything with sugar. Because you have been successful by eliminating bread, you have the confidence to move forward eliminating only two more foods. Simultaneously, maybe you decide to walk for 45 minutes 4 times a week.
You can see how this progression can eventually lead to complete lifestyle change, only by taking small steps.
For some people whose health is in dire straits, it is necessary to implement dietary change more quickly. While making big changes can be difficult and daunting, it is still possible to set small goals while making big changes. Simply committing to eating foods on The Kaufmann Diet for one day (and following through with that challenge) can constitute a small victory.
Each morning when you wake up, decide that today you will only eat foods on The Kaufmann Diet––each evening constitutes a small victory. No doubt, you will likely make mistakes along the way, and this is certainly OK; know that everyone makes mistakes. Simply recommit yourself to follow the diet the following morning. After a few days of small victories, a week of eating on the Kaufmann Diet exclusively does not seem so hard. You will have the confidence moving forward to accomplish your next goal.
While making new dietary habits can be one of the most difficult challenges a person can attempt, the effects of changing your diet can be profound for your health.