How do I eat healthy?
I am often told, “I just don’t know what to eat. If I knew what to eat I would be able to do better,” or something along those lines by clients or potential clients that are struggling to eat “healthy”. Fact is, everyone struggles to eat healthy. Some are just more successful than others. Why is that? Are they more disciplined? Possibly. I would say they have an end to the means and they have learned over time that eating crap is counterproductive and over time it catches up with them. I know this from experience as I am now 37 and my metabolism has slowed down. What I used to be able to get away with or out train I can no longer do.
Discipline is learned overtime or created. How does one resist temptation when a pizza is put in front of them and they are trying to lose weight? They don’t eat it. Then another temptation is put before them like candy and they say no to that and so on. Overtime it gets easier to resist. This is no different in the drug and alcohol recovery world. An addict says no over and over again along with not placing themselves in front of temptation and overtime it gets easier. I myself, being a former addict speak from experience. Many people start diets and exercise programs and quit a few weeks or months in. Why? It’s hard that’s why. Changing old habits isn’t easy and developing new ones is just as hard.
Overcoming obstacles require one to have a goal or a WHY behind the action. Figure out what this is and it will help create discipline in any area of life. If you start exercise programs or diets in order just to exercise and diet because you should my guess is that this venture won’t last long. If you exercise and diet in order to be healthy so you can live long enough to see your kids grow up, look more attractive, have more energy to play with your kids, reverse high cholesterol, or even to train for a competition you are more likely to succeed.
It is 2018 and everyone has the common knowledge that vegetables are good for you and Coca Cola, cookies, white bread, ect. are not. Eating well requires work and lets face it, most of us are LAZY and don’t want to admit it. Want to eat well? Put in the effort by grocery shopping and preparing food. It is that simple. That is a discipline that if you do it enough time it will become part of your weekly routine just like working out and doing other chores. You will get the hang of it over time. Just know that it will happen if you don’t quit.