There’s nothing at all wrong with seeking comfort . . . except when it puts you in a danger zone.
And that’s exactly what’s happening to most Americans.
The Standard American Diet is comfortable. We’re used to it. It’s easy, convenient, socially supported, and, well . . . . you know, comfortable! It doesn’t require any decision making or conscious choice. It’s like falling off a log.
But falling off a log can be dangerous! You can twist your ankle, or worse, cripple yourself for life.
And that’s exactly what is happening for everyone who is comfortably ensconced in eating the Standard American Diet (SAD).
The SAD puts you squarely in the middle of a danger zone. Those eating a diet high in animal products and processed foods are marching directly toward heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, obesity, Alzheimer’s Disease, arthritis, and a life of multiple medications and medical procedures. It hardly seems fair that something as comfortable as the SAD should ultimately create so much harm. It’s almost like being betrayed by your best friend.
What can we do about this?
So if the SAD is a danger zone, what is the safety zone?
You’ll also feel more comfortable if you connect with others who are eating this way, and get the extra support you need while forming new habits.
The wonderful thing about human beings is how adaptable we are. It takes a surprisingly short time for us to learn new habits, to establish new preferences, and to achieve new results.
All it takes is for us to decide that being in the safety zone is more important to us than being in our comfort zone, and then taking the steps we need to create a new comfort zone that is also safe.
QUESTION: I’d love to hear about your transition to a healthier diet. What made it become more comfortable for you? Or is it still uncomfortable? Or has the discomfort kept you from making the transition? Please share your COMMENTS below!
Delisa is a plant-based nutrition and cooking instructor in Alaska. She believes that we are designed to be slim and healthy.