14 days, 21 days, 40 days, etc, etc. Many popular fitness or nutrition challenges are tied to a preset number of days. But what happens on days 15, 22, or 41?
If you ate (insert popular health food trend) daily for (insert # of days) then you should be all set for a healthy life from then on. But with IBD we need to find solutions that work for both the short and the long-term.
We are not looking for a short-term burst of intensity with your nutrition habits. You want to be in this for years. You are looking for consistency and sustainability, not defined by a preset number of days.
I must address a bit of inconsistency on my part here first. I’m writing a book about 52 habits to improve your nutrition and strength with IBD. It’s basically 1 habit each week. Isn’t that a short-term approach?
It depends…and this is a frustration in the fitness industry.
“Do a healthy practice daily but make sure to keep doing it for years.”
So I advise you to absorb all of the previous habits on mindset, values, and identity. See who, what, and how you’d like to be with your IBD. Then find easy habits that you can practice for a sustainable amount of time with consistency. Keep reviewing this process and your health, well-being, and strength levels are better able to improve.
Take a deep breath and simply absorb the main point here. Consistency is the key. Keep practicing your habits and slowly, but surely you’ll find the results you’re looking for.