Making a change in our lives – any kind of change – always requires some effort. The “comfort zone” gets its name for a reason, and many of us tend to feel intense dislike to altering our routines, especially if we have grown accustomed to them over a long period of time.
The decision to live a healthy lifestyle – including incorporating a nutritious diet, regular exercise and stress relief activities into our lives – is one type of change we are often reluctant to make. We may know in the back of our minds that taking care of our health is important, but tell ourselves a list of excuses that get in the way.
Do any of the following sound familiar to you?
I feel fine – if I start to feel sick I’ll consider a change.
Feeling fine is great. However, if you’re feeling fine while eating junk foods or being generally sedentary on a regular basis, you could be setting yourself up for future health problems even though you may not be showing symptoms now.
The sugars and chemical additives found in junk foods and processed foods dump toxins into your body, and over time, they become very difficult for your system to detoxify. The same goes for a sedentary lifestyle. You may not notice for a while, but if you do not exercise, you are doing your entire body a disservice, and it can, in fact is likely, to catch up with you in the future.
Everyone else is eating it, why can’t I?
This excuse often creeps into our minds when we are at a social gathering, and everyone is gathered around the buffet table enjoying less-than-healthy offerings. Or, it may hit us at home when we are just starting on a nutritious meal plan, and see a friend’s social media post about the delicious, processed meat sandwich or a sugar-laden dessert they just ate.
When we compare ourselves with others, we may lose sight of what it is we wish to accomplish. We may also lose sight of the reasons for doing what we are doing,
Remind yourself of your health goals, and WHY you decided to avoid some foods (or other habits) in the first place.
I have more important things to do than worry about my health right now.
Amidst all of the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, many of us think that we simply do not have the time to focus on a healthy lifestyle. After all, sticking to the habits we already have takes less time and energy than incorporating new ones, and we are so busy with other things.
Remind yourself that if your health starts to deteriorate, you will likely struggle to accomplish the other things you need to do that are so important – such as taking care of your family, succeeding at work, etc.
And consider that eating healthy does not have to be time consuming. Cooking in bulk is a great time (and money) saving option. A wealth of five and ten-minute recipes exist online.
Similarly, with exercise, even if you think you don’t have time, just a brisk 15-minute walk per day is worlds better than nothing at all.
Eating organic is too expensive.
This is a very common excuse, as a lot of people have the misconception that going organic will be a huge hit to their wallet. While the sticker prices on some organic items are indeed higher, if you shop local, shop smart and grow your own foods whenever possible, it is very doable to eat organic even on a limited budget.
Avoiding organic processed foods can also save you money, as these are the items that tend to be the most expensive. Plus, they are not the best choice for your health – a processed food is still a processed food, even if it contains an organic label.
It’s FDA approved, it can’t be that bad.
This excuse mainly pertains to those unpronounceable ingredients on food labels, or the artificial sweeteners used in many beverages, processed dairy products and other foods. While many people trust the FDA in only approving substances which are safe for human consumption, history says otherwise, as many dangerous pharmaceuticals, pesticides and ingredients have been approved only to be recalled years later after serious side effects have surfaced.
The solution is to do your own independent research – do not rely on the FDA to let you know if an ingredient is safe. If you can’t pronounce it, it is safest to stay away from it, and if you want to know exactly why, the Internet is a wonderful resource at your fingertips.-
The Alternative Daily