Everyone knows that we should eat healthy foods, especially fruits and vegetables. However, many, if not most, people ignore suggestions by the FDA and eat whatever they want. Not only that, but many also do not exercise.
So, what is the reason you do not eat healthy? (C’mon, everyone has a lapse now and again. Well, most everyone.) I am going to divulge my excuses, and I want you to share yours too.
- Time. Life is busy. I usually have a meal prepared either at home or I have something in the cooler for dinner. But, sometimes I just run out of time, and I have to eat out. I could go eat a nice salad with a tiny bit of dressing, but sometimes I crave salty fries once in awhile. That leads me to my next point…
- Cravings. I crave certain things. I think I was born to be a carb-hound. I love carbs in almost every form, except crackers. Crackers could be wiped off the face of the earth and I would be just fine. However, I love chocolate, and all baked goods. I confess that I have even opened a can of frosting just to eat frosting, there was not a cake in sight.
- Socializing. I am usually watching a sporting event each school night, so my socializing usually happens during the day. The perfect time to socialize is lunch. Sure, I could go walking with my friends, but I love having a chat while eating. Plus, I really get kinda lonely eating at home all the time during the day. The problem is, I don’t always make the wisest choices when dining out.
- Willpower. This somewhat ties to number 2. Some people can ignore cravings, other people can’t. Some days are better than others for me. I have found though if I eat a healthy breakfast and exercise, I have stronger willpower. Or maybe the healthy breakfast and eating right curb my cravings. Either way, I end up eating better when I start my day right.
So, what keeps you from either losing weight or eating healthy? At this very moment, as I sit on the couch, I am promising to work on my shortcomings and truly try to eat better. I will report back in one month on how I am doing. I am hoping that now that I have identified my trouble spots, I will be able to find ways to conquer them.
Feel free to join me in my quest. I would love the company!