Don’t give yourself a hard time if you can’t stay “consistent”

How many of us, at some point – and I can certainly speak for myself, have felt bad because we cannot keep up with our diet and the health goals we set for ourselves?

You think you ought to follow a certain diet regime or adhere to the some exercise routine for a while, and you struggle to be “consistent”.

It happened to me a lot until I figured out something wasn’t quite right with this approach.

Consistency is a myth!

Or in the words of English writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley:

“Too much consistency is as bad for the mind as it is for the body.

Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life.

The only completely consistent people are the dead.”

I couldn’t agree more with Huxley’s statement.

I don’t think we can be “consistent” while trying to live fully.

I am not implying you should stop eating healthy and start eating junk food. What I am trying to say is that IT IS NOT NATURAL, NOR HUMAN to set ourselves tough guidelines to follow, and create high expectations around them.

If you wake one day and feel under the weather, don’t think you need to drink that juice in the morning as you do every day; or have lunch because it’s mid-day; or dinner because its dinner time; and then struggle with guilt and shame because you cannot achieve those goals today.

I got up the other day thinking I wanted to fast because I didn’t feel like eating anything… And guess what? I had a great day. Not only was I productive, but I felt amazing the next day too, because I fasted for 24 hours.

I get so many emails from people asking me for help in trying to gain, or lose, weight on raw vegan diet and I think that part of the problem is not concentrating with treating your body as a whole, and as a unit that needs to work in harmony to be effective.

I believe that achieving a balance in all things healthy, such as practicing mindfulness, stop being slaves to our thoughts and emotion, develop a healthy work/life balance, obtaining sufficient sleep, fast, etc. is far more important and powerful than following a strict set of demanding rules and routines that only creates more tension and despair within ourselves.

Life is more fun when you let yourself go and enjoy.


There is a true difference between a full mind and being mindful

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One Response

  1. Kirti Jain says:

    Thanks Ariel ! This article is real help, as I often struggle with keeping consistency in my routine. I feel much more normal now 🙂
    Thanks so much!

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