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When you can’t afford it, but you can’t afford not to do it

A friend of mine bought a bagel shop a couple months ago. He realizes that there is a lot to be done to turn it around and make it the shop he envisions. Here is the conundrum: the profit margin is so small that there is no wiggle room for major improvements. However, he cannot afford to not make changes, if he wants to improve the establishment and increase his income.

I worked in food service for 15 plus years and know the front and back end of operations very well. So I went and over there and assessed the situation. And yes, the list of needed changes/improvements seemed endless. This could easily be perceived as overwhelming, but doesn’t have to be. My friend just needs to start somewhere, take the first step and change one little thing. This will create the necessary momentum. And soon he will be able to make more changes and to turn the shop around.

Nothing happens until something moves. Change cannot happen without action.

What does that have to do with your health? Often it is the same situation. You realize your health isn’t in the condition you would like it to be and if you keep neglecting it, your body and well-being will go down hill fast. The result won’t be pretty. You need to do something different in order to keep or regain your good health, but you think you cannot afford to spend money on it.

It’s the same situation as with the bagel shop.

Just start somewhere, one little step in the right direction will make a huge difference! Our bodies are amazing and they are extremely appreciative for every tiny, positive change. The body can heal itself. It just needs a little help from you. And guess what?  Many changes you can make don’t cost anything. On the contrary, they will save you money and possibly your good quality life in the long run! And as your health improves, your life improves, you will be happier and more good things come to you. You will have more assets to spend on your most precious asset: your health!

You already know many steps you could take. Let me remind you:

  • Reduce your intake of sugar and flour products
  • Eliminate chemicals from your food (read labels and if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it!)
  • Eat more vegetables and fruit
  • Increase home cooking (you don’t need to cook a three course meal!)
  • Introduce beans and cut back on animal protein
  • Switch from coffee to tea
  • Substitute energy drinks for coconut water (it contains a similar level of electrolytes found in human blood)

There are many other options and only you know what you can do at this time. I want to encourage you to pick just one thing, one habit you want to change and to take a tiny step in that direction. Stick with it for one week and observe what happens, how you feel.

Change has to occur gradually, you have to grow into it. It’s the only way of creating lasting change. Make peace with where you are, focus on where you want to be and start moving in that direction, one step at a time. Change cannot happen without action. Take action today.

You cannot afford not to do it!

4 Responses to “When you can’t afford it, but you can’t afford not to do it”

  1. Travon says:

    I love reading these articles because they’re short but ifnormtaive.

  2. Levitra says:

    Thank you for posting this entry. It is really useful for me.

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