The toughest part of my transformation was eating a healthy diet. I wasn’t successful until I was able to have the self-control that it takes to be stronger than my excuses. Motivation from my results and being able to enjoy my food helped enforce my self-control.
10) Healthy food doesn’t taste good. (Maybe you need to experiment more. It is possible to make a lot of healthy meals taste good. If you enjoy your food, than you can stick with your healthy nutrition. Check out the recipes in my blog.)
9) I have kids and we have a lot of junk food around. (Why do your kids have to eat crap? Get them into healthy food while they are kids. They can enjoy their food. The results will not only keep them healthy but can give them an edge in sports.)
8) I don’t have time to cook most of my meals. (I make a lot of meals in less than 30 minutes. I also make enough so that it will last me through several meals. Plan ahead.)
7) Healthy food is more expensive. (So is heart surgery. Eating healthy can save you thousands of dollars in medical expenses from living an unhealthy lifestyle. You can still budget and cut costs in certain places.)
6) I love (insert surgery snack here) and can’t do without it. (I use Raw Honey several times a day. It’s a great sugar replacement. I also make homemade chocolate and other nutritional snacks that taste like they are bad for you.)
5) If I eat something that I shouldn’t I can burn it off while I workout or run. (You are better off eating food that works for you than against you. Eating healthy and working out will keep you in shape. Before I started my transformation, I was working out and trying to eat healthy. I made excuses like these and continued to build fat.)
4) I have tried diets but they never work for me. (Many diets are set up to fail. If you don’t like the food you won’t stick with it. If you cut your carbs out, it can cause other issues, such as kidney problems. It is possible to enjoy your food on a healthy nutrition program.)
3) If it’s in front of me I will eat it. (Eating healthy is mostly psychological. You have to control your own mind. Be stronger than your cravings.)
2) I like to eat out. (I don’t eat out as much as I did but when I do I ask them to make changes to my meals. I ask them to use olive oil instead of butter. I ask them to leave things out of my meal. Such as no croutons or cheese on a salad. Most importantly if you have something that is supposed to come out with your meal but don’t think that you should be eating it, ask them to leave it off of the plate or substitute it for something else.
1) I don’t know how to eat healthy. (Eat 6 meals a day. Both Protein and Carbs. Use portion control. Protein should fit in the palm of your hand. Carbs should be about the size of your fist. Vegetables should be about the size of your fist. Protein includes, eggs, chicken and fish. I do eat beef but not as often as before. Carbs include, sweet potatoes, brown rice, oatmeal – steel cut oats, quinoa. Carbs also include fruits and vegetables. Eat them along with several of your meals. No processed food. Nothing that is man-made. I don’t eat bread or pasta. There are other people who have diets similar to mine but they do eat both of those things. Drink 50% of your weight in ounces of water each day. I eat organic fruits and vegetables. My protein is free range and grass-fed.)
I like the way you have taken each excuse and given an alternative. I have discovered ways to make healthy food taste really delicious. Cooking with wine (the drinking kind, not the cooking kind that has way too much added salt) can impart enticing flavors to your meals. Your suggestion to replace butter with olive oil is spot-on. I have found it’s best to use cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil that’s sold in dark green bottles. The dark bottle keeps the light from breaking down the oil.
Keep up the good work. I look forward to reading more of your posts.
Thank you for your comment. You have some great suggestions. I did not know that about the dark green bottles, but it makes sense. The more creative people are in the kitchen the easier it is for them to make their food work for them and not against them.
You’re spot on, especially with the comments about children. Introduce them to delicious healthy food. We don’t let our kids consume garbage television, unwholesome food is just as bad.