“Those who don’t have time to eat healthy now will have to make time to be sick”
Quote on the whiteboard at Lifestyle Fitness
I looked at a food label recently and had no idea how to pronounce ninety-five percent of the words. I picked up a dictionary. I couldn’t find eighty percent of them. Stuff that gives the food a long shelf life. Words that don’t exist in nature.
I thought, why would I want to put that in my body?
There’s the saying “Long shelf life, short life for you.” What you’re eating might be killing you, or at the very least not benefiting you.
I had a client who trained with me for over six years, but resisted looking at her diet. And by diet, I don’t mean something that you go on for a while to lose weight, but what you regularly feed your body.
Finally, she decided she would start using the menus I recommended. After using them for a while, she tried a dish she used to like, very cheesy and creamy. She felt nauseated.
Her body had gotten used to food that actually fueled it, nourished it, and so it reacted when she ate something that clogged it up more than it nourished her.
I hear all the time that people think they can’t afford to eat better, that the food with the long shelf life is so much cheaper.
To rephrase that quote at the top of my blog, “Those who can’t afford to eat healthy now will pay for it later – in medical costs.”
So you need to start countering the two arguments — I don’t have time to eat healthy or I can’t afford to eat healthy — with common sense.
First, if cost is your issue, consider eating well as an investment in your future. I personally don’t think it does cost more to eat healthy. When you eat healthy, you don’t overeat. But if that point won’t sell you, think of the cost benefit of changing the oil in your car. Think of your body the same way.
As for not having the time to eat well, I’ll say it again, when you slow down you pay attention to what you eat, and you enjoy it more. You’re only talking about another fifteen to twenty minutes you add to your time. Isn’t that worth it?
You don’t have to sacrifice taste to eat well. You don’t have to go hungry to eat well. You just have to change the way you think about eating. Look at labels. Check out the number of calories, the grams of fat.
And, if you don’t recognize most of the words, don’t buy it. Don’t eat it. The words aren’t really necessary to your vocabulary, and the additives don’t contribute to your wellness. They might just do the opposite.
Eat now. Pay later. Or, Eat now. Reap the benefits now — and later. You decide.