There are always things we can do to improve our health and wellbeing, whether it’s including more veggies into our diets or exercising/moving more. Truth is, sometimes it’s just too much to handle, too much effort or too much to think about. This is when the excuses and obstacles usually creep in – they’re a knee jerk reaction to anything that seems difficult, scary or unknown… I get it - I’ve said nearly all of them before, many a-time. You’re not alone.
Have you ever noticed that it’s just as easy to talk yourself into something, as it is to talk yourself out of it? Next time you put an obstacle in your way of achieving a healthier self, try to counter balance it with one of these answers…
1. IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE
It really doesn’t have to be! There are many ways to save money whilst eating healthily… here are a few;
- Buy in bulk. I buy my store cupboard essentials, such as coconut oil, coconut milk, gluten free flours, nuts, seeds etc. in bulk, and often online. Search the Internet for deals… there are plenty of healthy supplies websites. Often health food stores have BOGOF deals, penny sales and discounts, too.
- Eat leftovers! Most of my lunches are made out of bits cobbled together from the previous night. And they’re always delicious!
- Buy the cheaper cuts of meat. Slow cooked, they are really succulent and extremely flavoursome.
- Buy dried beans and pulses - they are much cheaper than the canned variety and add great, nutritional bulk to dishes.
- Save the trimmings. Make stock out of the vegetable trimmings (and leftover roast bones) that you’d usually throw away. I keep a bag in my freezer that I add to every time I trim vegetables/make a roast. It saves on waste, too!
- Gym memberships can be expensive, agreed. Nothing’s stopping you from walking, though, and that’s free!
2. I COULDN'T POSSIBLY GIVE [INSERT HERE] UP
- I thought this too when I first changed my diet. Take a look at my recipe section for inspiration of what to make which will satisfy both your health and your soul. Also, unless you're an all or nothing person like me, you can follow the 80/20 rule...
3. I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME
- Have a look at what is taking up your time… Better health > improved function > more efficient > can get things done quicker > more time!
- Other than that, I can’t stress enough how important your health is. It’s THE most important thing. EVER. There’s a reason we’re told to put our oxygen masks on first before helping another…
4. I'LL DO IT TOMORROW/NEXT WEEK/NEXT MONTH
- Great, if that is your true intention. Making a dietary/lifestyle change requires a lot of effort, preparing, planning and determination. But it’s absolutely doable, and scalable, too. You can start today by going on a walk in your lunch break. Tomorrow you can choose a herbal tea over your favourite festive latte… who knows what you’ll be doing next week?!
5. I DON'T KNOW HOW TO COOK
- This is your perfect chance to learn, and learn to enjoy it! Cooking isn’t rocket science. If it was, the human race would’ve gone extinct a long time ago.