An abundance mindset refers to the belief that there is plenty of everything for everybody in the world. It also means that you are grateful and appreciative of what you have. You come from a place of gratitude, instead of a place of scarcity or focusing on what you are lacking.
Developing an abundance mindset impacts your success in living a healthy lifestyle. When you have an abundance mindset you feel clear, confident, and capable. You recognize that there are hundreds and thousands of healthy foods on this planet that you can eat and enjoy. You get excited to try new fruits and vegetables and to fill your plate with nutritious foods.
When you have a scarcity mindset you focus too much on what you can’t eat or are choosing not to eat. You feel like there is only a limited amount of food available for you to choose from.
“Having an abundance mindset over scarcity can break you free from the cyclical nature of fad diets and help you make better decisions around food,” says Nutritionist Alisia Essig. “Focus on foods that will sustain and promote good health while not condemning other foods there’s a place for those too, just not a predominant place in your lifestyle.”
Developing an abundance mindset leads to greater creativity and happiness. It also increases gratitude, appreciation and build positive habits. There is a strong abundance and gratitude connection.
“The mindset shift from scarcity to abundance is going to take time. Be patient with yourself,” says Essig. “Remember, food inherently has no moral value, All foods have value. You have simply chosen to focus on certain more nutritional foods. Your worth has nothing to do with what you decide to eat.”
But be careful not to fall into the comparison trap. “Everyone is at a different place in their journey. Avoid comparing your lifestyle to others. This feeds into a scarcity mindset when we become competitive and fall into the trap of short-term gratification.”
When you feel abundant, you experience more gratitude, and appreciation, and feel more positive about your life. You trust that things will work out for you, and get excited about the unlimited opportunities available for positive growth and development. It becomes exciting to try new recipes and get more creative in the kitchen. You see eating more fruits and vegetables as something full of new opportunities, tastes, and flavors. And you recognize that you are creating a meaningful, positive change for yourself and those around you.
“Once you have recognized the abundance of good that can and will come into your life, you can become curious about how it will all turn out for your good. For example, you can say to yourself, “I wonder how this will turn out?” or “I am curious how this will work out” or “I wonder how this will unfold in my life,” says Essig.
The key part of coming from a place of abundance is to have a grateful heart. “Constantly thank God, the universe, or whatever you believe in. You thank the fact that it will happen, even if it hasn’t happened yet. You also increase your gratitude for every step that gets you closer to your goal of being healthier,” says Essig. “Firmly believe that in the end, everything will be for your good–because it will. Just be grateful for it all, even if your path is not an easy one.”Alisia Essig is a Holistic Plant-Based Nutritionist. You can follow Alisia on Instagram or check out her blog for free tips and tricks in trying to eat more whole plant foods so that you too can unlock the secrets to longevity. She offers meal plans, courses and coaching to help you eat more plants without turning their lifestyle upside down. Check out her free guide, “18 Easy Ways to Add More Plants to Your Diet.”