We know it all, don’t we? Deep down inside we know what we need to stay healthy. We know we need to change our diet, start exercising regularly, get enough of omega oils for our body, drink water regularly during the day, and take vitamins and minerals. Most of the time we know what we need to do to make sure our bodies get the full spectrum of nutrients, so we can sustain our health and energy.


What we know is not the  issue. The issue or main problem is that we don’t act on what we know. If I had always done that myself, I would have avoided many of the health issues I’ve had to tackle in life. Through trial and error I’ve made it to where I am today, with an ingrained lifestyle.

The thing is that once we start making changes to our lifestyle, we need to constantly remind ourselves to stay on track. Leading a healthy lifestyle for a few weeks does not help us reclaim our health, in particularly if it has been failing for a while.

In order to stay on track, we need to have a clear goal, and remind ourselves to work towards it one day at a time. Healing can be a lengthy process, and contrary to the belief that it only takes 21 days to change our habits for good, research has shown it may take anywhere from 18 to 250+ days to rewire our brains, so that new habits stick.


We repeatedly eat memories, not literally of course, but we see something that once brought us comfort and we search for that comfort by eating it again, and again. When this happens it seems like we’re hit with amnesia.

We completely forget all our plans, and loose track. We swop our plans to improve our health, for a mouthful of something, which in many cases makes us feel worse afterwards. If we were only swallowed up by this kind of amnesia once a month or every other month it would not be so bad. But this kind of amnesia can swallow us up every week, every other day or even daily.

And it’s not only about food. We can also be swallowed up by amnesia when we miss out on a yoga class, going to the gym or for that walk that we had started taking daily – again and again.

Amnesia can be insidious, and seduce us with promises of comfort and rest in front of the TV or with something tasty in our mouth.


To get out of the grip of amnesia, we have to be like pilots. They put the plane on autopilot when they fly long distances, but ever so often they have to reset the course, as external influence have affected it. The same happens to us. When we get off track we need to set the course again. The less we veer off, the quicker we get back on track, and the easier it will be.

But we know all this, don’t we?

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