“ I know what I should be eating to get healthier, but I don’t stick to it. What’s wrong with me?”
Dr Allegra says….
First, let’s be very clear, nothing is “wrong” with you. We are all creatures of habit and new habits rarely come easily.
There are many reasons why we may not care for ourselves in the way we should. These obstacles can take many forms. Let’s explore some of the reasons you may have difficulty being consistent with your healthy eating choices. Being aware of them may help initiate a fresh start.
1. Sometimes we don’t make changes we should because we don’t fully understand why they are so important.
This is where personal 1:1 support is key for making changes that last. Remember there is not a one-size-fits-all way of eating!
2. We don’t want to give up something that gives us comfort.
Let’s face it, many of us use food for comfort. If food is a primary way that you help soothe yourself when you are feeling upset, bored, anxious, or frustrated, it’s helpful to look at adding new ways to help you calm your mind and body. What are some things that help you feel more relaxed? For me, I make better food choices when I have daily exercise and healthy food options on hand.
I worked with a woman who has been to almost every class I taught over the last 10 years, but had never worked with me one-on-one. When she removed foods she thought she should, she didn’t get the benefit she wanted. She quickly became frustrated, gave up, and did not try again. She told me she was afraid of what I would tell her to stop eating, and decided not to change anything at all. When we reviewed her personalized dietary plan I built for her, she started laughing!
The things she chose to remove, were not what she actually needed! This is a very common problem. It is hard to keep up with healthy eating habits if you don’t notice the benefits. Lasting changes come from consistency, and from having the proper plan for you and your needs at this time. After we reset and reviewed her ideal dietary plan, she committed to removing those foods for a month and eating more of the foods she should to see how it went. She was shocked to see how much less pain she was in and how much the wrong food had actually negatively impacted her mood.
3. I’m too busy!
Another reason we don’t keep up with healthy eating is when we don’t set ourself up for success. If you don’t schedule time to prepare healthy food and make it a non-negotiable priority in your life, you will take the easy way at the first sign of an obstacle.
Blaming the tools for not working when we’re not using them is merely an excuse for poor behavior. This results in the inability or unwillingness to set ourselves up to succeed. Of course a tool won’t work if we don’t pick up and use it!
4. Poor food choices may give you a reason to connect with others.
Our society bonds over food. Holidays are often built around food, right? I’ve had patients blame their family and friends for their own poor food choices. I find trying new foods together is a wonderful (not to mention delicious) way to bond with our friends and family!
5. Why make changes when what is supposed to be healthy seems to change every year?
You may be confused and frustrated by all the conflicting information surrounding healthy eating. Why change if you’ll be told to do something different next week or next year? There are some basics of healthy eating that are well backed by science, and these are what I teach my patients and students! My motto is “Keep it simple and delicious”.
Take some time to listen to your excuses about why you can’t eat better right now. If you need help to better understand your personal dietary needs, give me a call or check out my blog for some delicious and nutritious recipes!
Clarity brings great focus, which leads to action!
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We all can use healthier options.
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