“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated” -Confucius
“Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to keep things simple” -Richard Branson
A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
Ever hear the “KISS” principle? Most of the time, this term is used in sales meaning “Keep it Super Simple”. Salesman do not want to overcomplicate the sale or confuse the customer (at least the good ones). They know that more information and more complexity slows down decisions and makes things more difficult. Therefore, they focus on what is most important to the customer and communicate their messages in a clear and concise way.
I got to thinking one day, “can I apply this principle in other aspects of my life?” And, I heard a reverberating YES YOU CAN! I have realized that people make things more complicated than they really are. They add more information by tirelessly doing more research than needed. They consult a handful of diet books and multiple professionals. People over think their diet and exercise plan. We label foods as good or bad or even forbidden. Complicating things will lead to confusion, frustration, and ultimately failure.
So what are you to do? I know. The internet is filled to the brim on different diet plans and exercise plans to choose from. We have preconceived notions on different foods. For example, people label foods with gluten as “bad”. In reality,gluten is only a binding protein that SOME people can’t digest. Also, people dodge red meat because it is said to cause cancer. Nothing could be farther from the truth. OVERCONSUMPTION of overcooked red meat can lead to health problems.A lean steak every now and again will not hurt your health. My favorite that I hear all the time is that “fruit will make me gain weight because it has sugar.” Sure, fruit has natural sugar. But, it also has fiber, water, and nutrients your body needs. The amount of sugar in fruit will not contribute to weight gain if you eat it in moderation. Therefore, aim for simplicity when making changes:
-eat in moderation- cut your portions down to half
-switch out sugary drinks for water
-exercise for 15 minutes than you usually do
-Eat 2 more servings of fruit and vegetables
-Take a walk instead of watching TV after dinner
There are more ways to simplify a lifestyle change. Reflect on your weak points. Make a simple goal. Decide to commit to it for awhile. As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!