Change Your Thinking


If we want change in our lives the first thing that must change is our thinking.

I was interviewed a little while back on Brisbane radio about “research” which suggested that you could get the same effects as exercise from taking a pill. Scientists had given mice a chemical, which had caused them to use up more energy. When you read the small print there was an extra 5% of calories used up.

When asked what I thought of the chances of such a pill coming on the market, my response was blunt – it is not happening!

In the 1970’s a popular diet, at least amongst celebrities was the California diet. This “diet” was to take amphetamines.

Why is it that we like the idea of a solution coming in a pill? Given tablets is a fairly recent innovation it cannot be a deep-seated urge. Maybe it is because marketing has told us that pills are the answer. Maybe it is because we see pills as having upside but no downside.

I suspect that the reason is that we like an easy option. And therein lies the real rub. What we regard as easy (or not) is a matter of perception. On the one hand we regard popping a pill as easy but inherent in that is the belief that it will do the trick and there is no price to pay in side effects. On the other hand exercise and eating sensibly is portrayed as difficult when in fact it is not.

On the “ California diet” some people did lose weight but became drug addicts in the process. This is hardly an easy road to hoe.

Going for a walk is neither difficult nor expensive and is a great form of exercise, which helps our bones, muscles, heart, lungs, brain and indeed all parts of the body. Switching to water from soft drink is neither difficult nor expensive. The same applies to buying apples rather than donuts at the supermarket.

These actions have no side effects.

Again the problem is perception. Finger wagging academics and public health officials like to make things difficult. They talk about 30 minutes of exercise making people feel that if they can’t do this then there is no point. In actual fact   any amount is better than none.

People are led to believe that eating healthy must be boring whereas a healthy diet can include treats, chocolate and some wine. Eating well is not a religion so you do not have to live on alfalfa sprouts and look as miserable as the experts.

Once more there is no downside to eating better.

So in reality that which we may believe is easy is not and carries considerable potential for harm whilst that which we believe is hard is actually easy and has no potential for harm.

Step one to enhanced wellbeing then is to change your thinking.


About Author

Dr Joe Kosterich M.B.B.S (WA) 1985 is a Medical Doctor, author, speaker, media presenter and health industry consultant, who wants you to be healthy and get the most out of life. Joe writes for numerous medical and mainstream publications and is also a regular on radio and television. He is often called to give opinions in medico legal cases and is an advisor to Reed Medical Conferences. Joe is Medical Advisor to Medicinal Cannabis Company Little Green Pharma and sits on the board of Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association. He has self-published two books: Dr Joe’s DIY Health and 60 Minutes To Better Health. Through all this he continues to see patients as a GP each week.



    Very nice and informative article! I think cutting out dairy would improve my results, too.
    I’ve actually gotten good results so far from a Paleo Diet. Staying away from some of my favorite junk food is hard, but the results are making it worth it every day.


    I have recently embarked on ‘changing my thinking’ through Affirmations and Visualisation. I am so pleased that my daily ritual is paying dividends. I am feeling so much better – my attitude is now mostly positive and I feel energised and excited about my future as opposed to fearful.

    Cheers Billie


    It is so true. There’s a saying that’s been around for a very long time…”We get what we focus on.” I like to say it like this…”We see what we look for.” If we look for the possibility in our and others lives we can find it. If we look for why it won’t work or why they can’t do it, we will find that also. In my book CHANGERCISE – Change Your Thinking-> Change Your Results I talk about how the power of chunking can make such a big difference in how we think. The glass is not half empty, it is not even half full, it is full and overflowing and it is our responsibility to pass it on. Keep on Changin’, DW Starr

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