I Eat Healthy…BUT…
What I have learned the past several years is that people in general know how to eat healthy. In fact most conversations with people about health they will say to me “I eat healthy.” I am one of those people, as well, who is proud to declare my “healthy eating habits.” What I have noticed though…is that “I eat healthy, but”..
I eat healthy, but I need chocolate. I eat healthy, but I drink 4 diet cokes per day. I eat healthy, but if someone brings donuts to work I’m going to have 1 or 2 or 3. I eat healthy, but I don’t drink enough water. The BUT’s are not bad…however they accumualte before we realize it. Then suddenly we aren’t seeing results from our healthy eating because the “but’s,” as small as they may seem, are sabotaging us.
Here is what I know about my but’s. They are habits that need to be broken. Habits that I do not have the willpower to break on my own; and, as much as I love my spouse, he is not the accountability that I need. The moment he says, “I thought you weren’t gonna eat that,” is the moment I want to drop kick him!
Long story short, my but’s had my progress stalled and I had established habits that I couldn’t break on my own. So, in an effort continue to invest in myself, I hired a nutrition coach. The first step of what I expect to be a year long journey is to change some habits. The But’s that seem to get me stuck every time. It’s amazing how much more motivated I am knowing that someone is checking on me to make sure I follow through. When I feel the habits tapping me on the shoulder enticing me – I reach out to my coach who gives me an alternative to get me through the cravings. Sometimes I fail, and when I do I’m not shamed; we just make adjustments to help me be as successful as possible.