8 common excuses for not eating well–Have you heard these ones too?
Are you considered “out there” in social situations when it comes to how you eat? Thankfully, most of my friends and some of my family members are into eating better quality food as much as I am these days, but somehow I often still find myself in situations where I’m the lone ‘weirdo' or ‘the health nut who has gone over the edge'. I find this ironic, since I know how imperfect I really am some days!
While I’m really not a food snob, and it’s none of my business which foods people choose, I still have to wonder, who really is more radical?
The one who does what they can (imperfect as it is) to hopefully avoid future health issues? Or someone who already struggles with degenerative diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes due to their diet (often at young ages), and still don’t have a desire to learn more and to make some changes?
Believe me, I know there are no guarantees.
Someone could eat a perfect diet (which I certainly don’t) and still get sick, that’s life. Others eat a crappy diet or generally don’t take care of themselves, and may suffer no ill effects–but not many and not for long. Just look around and that’s easy to see.
Here are the eight most common excuses for not eating well (that I've heard)–did I miss any? Please share in the comments!
1. “I can’t afford to eat healthier foods.”
Yes, it is often more costly to eat better, but it’s not impossible. First focus on educating yourself–there are many tips for eating healthy on a budget. After you’ve scoured this information, implement what you can and prioritize what to put off until there’s more room in the budget. Then keep educating yourself, so when you’re able to do more, you’re ready. Keep in mind that junk food is expensive too, and the less you buy of that, the more you can afford REAL food.
As Joel Salatin says, “Pay now or pay later.”
2. “It’s all up to God when you live and die, why worry about what you eat?”
Yes, but He also gives us free will to either harm or protect our bodies! Part of that free will includes the consequences that go along with it. While I’m far from perfect, why wouldn't we do the best we can with not just our own bodies, but with the little people He’s blessed us with to raise?
3. “I’ve made it this long haven’t I?”
But are you living as full a life as you could? What if you’re settling for a quality of life that could be much improved by being able to get out of your chair and move around easier, or if you weren’t on so many medications with their various side effects? Do you like having low energy or a non-existent sex drive? When you look in the mirror are you happy with what you see? Are you willing to keep harming the beautiful body you've been given and risk whatever scary diagnosis could be in your future?
4. “It doesn’t matter how you eat, health is mostly determined by genetics anyway.”
Genetics are powerful, no doubt. But why not do your best with what you can control? There are a lot more health risks out there than whatever might be in your family line. Besides, many say that eating well, making sure you have a healthy gut and a healthy lifestyle (low stress, good sleep, exercise, safe water), etc., can actually determine what genetics are “turned” on or off!!
5. “You only live once, you may as well enjoy it.”
Do you want to enjoy life into your 40’s and 50’s or into your 60's, 70’s, 80’s and beyond? How will you feel when your degenerative diseases prevent you from enjoying life even more than changing your habits a little does now? Remember, it’s not about denying yourself as much as it is about finding better alternatives to the foods you may be eating now. I certainly don’t feel deprived when I’m eating my super nutritious popcorn, with plenty of butter and sea salt; or when I’m enjoying our homemade ice cream, better than any I’ve ever had; or when I’m eating bacon from the farm, or the super fresh salad made with veggies from our backyard and my yummy homemade ranch dressing that took me 3 minutes to make, using herbs from our deck. You get the idea–there are SO MANY good options now to make eating better easier and faster than ever, and it tastes awesome!
6. “You could get hit by a truck and die tomorrow, why worry about what you eat?”
I don’t worry about what I eat, but I do try to think about what goes into our bodies. And while I very well could get hit by a truck and die tomorrow, I can only hope/assume that won’t happen, and try to do the best I can with what I can. This way, if I don’t get hit by a truck, and I’m blessed enough to live into my old age, I’ll hopefully still have a body that works how I need it to, so my quality of life is good until the day I DO die.
7. “I’m too busy and it takes too much time to eat a more nutritious diet.”
Yep, it does take more time (although it depends on what you're making), especially at first–the learning curve can be steep from all the years that we’ve been taught the rotten “politically correct” nutritional information. But once you get into the habit of doing things a little differently, it really truly doesn’t take that much extra time.
8. “This is all a part of the normal aging process.”
Maybe it’s “normal” these days as so many get sicker and overweight, but it’s not normal for our bodies to start breaking down and hurting in our 40’s and 50’s; it’s not normal to be on a bunch of medications as you age; neither is it normal to be unable to go up and down steps, even when you’re 80!
It’s not about perfection, it’s about learning more and more, making different choices as you can, and doing a little better as you can.
I’d love to hear what you think about all of this, do you hear these excuses or others?
What about you? What excuses for not eating well have you heard? Please share in the comments!
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