As a holistic practitioner, I’ve worked with many people who are struggling to create a healthy lifestyle. One of the biggest challenges that I’ve seen people face is overcoming the excuses that they use to avoid making positive changes. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most common excuses people use and explore ways to overcome them.
Excuse #1: “I don’t have time.”
This is perhaps the most common excuse people use to avoid healthy habits like exercise or cooking healthy meals. While it’s true that many of us have busy schedules, it’s important to recognize that making time for our health is a choice. By prioritizing healthy habits, we can create a schedule that works for us.
One way to make time for exercise is to incorporate it into your daily routine. For example, you could walk or bike to work instead of driving, or take a quick walk during your lunch break. You can also try short, high-intensity workouts that can be done in as little as 10 or 15 minutes.
When it comes to healthy eating, planning ahead can be a game-changer. Set aside time each week to meal prep or plan out your meals for the week. This can help you avoid the temptation to grab fast food or unhealthy snacks when you’re short on time. Maybe even consider a food subscription delivery service. I have used them in the past and plan to again soon.
Excuse #2: “Healthy food is too expensive.”
While it’s true that some healthy foods can be more expensive than processed junk food, there are plenty of affordable options available. Fruits and vegetables in season are often more affordable, and frozen fruits and vegetables are a great option when fresh produce isn’t available or is too expensive. Buying in bulk can also help you save money on healthy staples like grains, beans, and nuts. Though I’m not a big fan of too many grains, beans, or nuts.
Another way to save money on healthy food is to cook at home instead of eating out. This not only saves money but also gives you more control over what goes into your meals.
Excuse #3: “I don’t like healthy food.”
This is a common excuse, especially for people who are used to eating processed junk food. However, taste is often a matter of habit. By gradually introducing healthier options into your diet, you can train your taste buds to enjoy them. You can also experiment with different cooking methods and spices to make healthy food more flavorful.
Excuse #4: “I’m too tired.”
Many people feel too tired to exercise or cook after a long day of work or caring for children. However, regular exercise and healthy eating can actually increase energy levels. Exercise releases endorphins, which can boost mood and energy levels, and eating a balanced diet can help regulate blood sugar levels, preventing energy crashes.
If you’re feeling tired, start with small changes. Go for a short walk, do a few yoga poses, or try a quick meditation to recharge. When it comes to cooking, try easy, healthy recipes that don’t require a lot of prep time.
Excuse #5: “I have a slow metabolism.”
While it’s true that some people may have a slower metabolism than others, this is not a valid excuse for not taking care of your health. There are many ways to boost your metabolism naturally, such as by exercising and eating a healthy diet. Strength training, in particular, can help build muscle mass, which increases metabolism.
Excuse #6: “I don’t know where to start.”
Starting a healthy lifestyle can be overwhelming, but there are many resources available to help. Holistic practitioners like myself can provide guidance and support, and there are countless books, blogs, and websites dedicated to healthy living.
To get started, set realistic goals and create a plan that works for you. Start with small changes, such as adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet or going for a short walk each day. As you become more comfortable with these changes, gradually add more to your routine.
Another helpful tip is to find a support system. Surround yourself with people who support your goals and encourage you to make positive changes. This could be friends, family members, or a community group dedicated to healthy living.
Creating a healthy lifestyle requires effort and commitment. By identifying and overcoming common excuses, you can take the first steps towards a happier, healthier life. Whether it’s making time for exercise, finding affordable healthy food options, or seeking support from others, there are many ways to make healthy living a priority. Remember, small changes can lead to big results, so start today and see how much better you can feel.