You know you need to eat healthy. You are getting older, your cholesterol is an issue, you are not getting any skinnier, AND, you have more than a few health problems that run in your family. The problem is, you don’t WANT to!
You love pie, cake, fresh baked cookies and fatty steaks…oh the joy of a perfectly cooked rib eye… OK, maybe I am projecting here. The above pretty much describes me to a T (T-bone that is) but since my assumption is that you’re human, I’ll bet at least some of the above applies to you. So…what the heck are you (or I) supposed to do when we know we should eat healthy, but darn it, you just don’t feel like it?
This all pretty much comes down to motivation and sheer will power. I mean, there are a million excuses you can come up with at the restaurant when dessert time hits…
“I’ll start my diet tomorrow”
“I’ll only eat ONE piece of pie”
“I work hard, I deserve this”
All of those excuses and more will stand right in your way every time if you let them. You have to be strong willed AND have a motivating factor to drive you if you want to overcome the “healthy eating blues.” For me, it’s my kids. I want to be around when they graduate high school. Heart disease runs in my family and I know if I let myself get too far off track, I could wind up in the hospital sooner than later.
When it’s dessert time, or cookie time, or any other time, if I start craving the junk food, I just take out the picture in my wallet of my two little girls, and I make the right choice. Decide what can be a motivating factor for you. Maybe it’s your kids, your spouse, or even just the way you feel every day. Whatever it is, write it down. Whenever you have to make the choice between eating junk and eating healthy, think about your motivating factor. That will help you to make the right choices.
BUT, even if you have something in your life that motivates you to eat healthier, it’s ok to indulge yourself every once in a while. For instance, you might eat healthy all throughout the week and on Saturdays, you have a bowl of ice cream or a piece of cake. By doing this, you won’t completely deprive yourself of all those goodies that we love so much. This will make it MUCH easier to avoid temptation on a regular basis when you know you are just a few days away from having one of the foods that you love so much.
Just be sure that the treat you choose isn’t one that is going to trigger a free-for-all. Find something you can be moderate with and watch your porton sizes.
We all know why we should eat healthier on a regular basis, but there are times when we just don’t want to. If those times are few and far between, then you are probably fine, but if you find yourself finding excuses that allow you to eat junk food more often than not, then paying attention to the advice above may just make the difference in helping you make SMART food decisions.