When we team up, we can utilize the power of a group, or what I like to call the "snowball effect". The snowball effect is a critical tool to understand when it comes to achieving results.
The snowball can happen with both positive and negative things in life such as an incredible diet or a soda pop addiction.
Today, we are focused on the positives.
It’s very important to apply snowball effect when it deals with your mental and physical health.
Transforming your mental and physical health is possible by utilizing the snowball effect to your advantage.
If you've experienced the power of habit to your advantage, or more commonly, your disadvantage, take this moment to let all of that go.
After an attempt to mentally let go of the fears and regrets from the past, you may now move on.
We inherently crave to feel better. Part of the human spirit is to improve it's own health and condition.
Something as simple as the time you enjoy in your garden can be an exercise (pun intended) that allows you trigger this "snowball effect".
I played outside for most of my life, and have always been most at peace in the forest. Little did I know, these choices were all a part of the “primal” lifestyle.
Today, you may now understand that activities that make you feel at peace are built into our human code. We enjoy the things we've done throughout all of human history.
It should make sense why the popularity and widespread usage of technology has presented both pleasure and pain for us.
Simply limiting your time spent on technology and forcing yourself outside may be all it takes for you to trigger your "physical snowball". Once this happens, managing your stress levels, weight and mood will all be easier.
You see how this snowball effect begins to roll with an unstoppable force.
It’s a great feeling which will enable you to help others around you.
Some of us have so many problems with ourselves both mentally and physically, that we are unable to help others.
No longer will you be powerless.
To those who have already checked out your diet, you are aware of the power of habit.
Once you have taken the first steps towards health like eating fresh fruit and vegetables frequently, you can’t imagine eating anything else.
If you are an extreme paleo activist and have seen the benefits that the paleo lifestyle gives you, great!
You are probably to the point to where you check out others’ grocery carts and have the urge to go up to them and say, “are you aware that you are eating genetically modified, high fructose corn syrup laden food?".
Unfortunately, most people treat their food as some sort of religion and this tactic would immediately backfire. Although you may have the truth, the way you present it means a lot.
After helping yourself, maybe it would be beneficial for you to share this website and podcast for others to begin their journey.
After all, this is the essence of things "going viral". When something like the free food guide for your entire household works on improving your overall health, it's almost a crime not to share it with others.
If we truly want to achieve a healthier and happier society, we have to collectively re-train each other about some of the concepts of reconnecting to your food source, natural environment and a sense of peace with the world.
Life will become a completely different experience for you.
Your perspective on the food system, workplace drama and the latest television show may flip flop.
Due to the increased production of essential neurotransmitters from consuming grass-fed meats and dark green leafy vegetables, you are able to see the world in a new light.
I consider the removal of your "fog" to be one of the most profound moments in your life. It is as if you have been looking through a dirty window and suddenly, it is clean!
Here are a few more actionable tips to help you attain the snowball effect.
1. Find friends that have your back no matter what.
2. Develop or join a group of friends or people conscious of their physical and mental health. I can’t stress this aspect of your life enough.
If you have a friend, family member, significant other or spouse that doesn’t understand or support your Paleo lifestyle, this could affect your mindset and discourage you from your goals.
Your results should blow people away and reduce the amount of skeptics to a bare minimum.
3. Search your local gym or grocery store for someone that happens to be doing a particular exercise that you love, or that is picking out the same nut mix as you.
Approach them and "use your words" as we say to our young! Long-term friendships can appear out of anywhere as long as you are open to receive them.
4. Keep your workouts short but intense. Many people stay in the gym too long, deeming your time worthless and potentially detrimental.
It’s easy to buy nice gym clothes, bright colored shoes and the newest iPod armband, but if you are not consistent and focused with your physical efforts, your "snowball" will never form.
It takes time, dedication and true effort, your body will not be fooled by just the thought of walking.
5. Do not get discouraged when you see the word "dedication", this is essential for success in any aspect of life.
On top of this exercise, your body requires adequate amino acids for muscle repair and growth.
This of course, is attained by a steady 2-5 meal a day consumption of grass-fed meats, green leafy vegetables, coconut oil, grass-fed butter and important mineral compounds such as Himalayan Pink Salt.
Now, for each exercise I recommend sticking to the following.
5 sets of 5 repetitions for pure strength and muscle gains, 3 sets of 8 for a combination of strength and toning, and 3 sets of 15 for elongating muscle fibers, burning fat and increasing mobility.
Alternate between heavy and light weight every few months to let your joints rest.
You should also have a daily Omega-3 supplement in your regimen to supply the essential fatty acids necessary for brain and physical health.
Getting results with your body is all about consistency and strength increases, even if they happen only 2 pounds at a time.
For the famous "Cardio" workouts, I recommend beginning with a 10-15 minute brisk walk.
You should get some energy from this exercise, not exhausted.
If you are able to accomplish this task 3 nights a week, you may be ready to add in the weights and more intense exercise routines.
If you have habits that are preventing you from achieving happiness and success, you should probably read eliminating roadblocks from happiness and Paleo.
I’ve had people make fun of my barefoot shoes or poke at me for always carrying a bag of cashews and beef jerky with me, but I am the one with the energy and physical health to conquer life’s challenges!
Remember, your health and happiness surmounts everything else!