A Quote, “Eating healthy makes me miserable”
Quite simply, what I find staggering is the number of people who are on one hand unhappy about the way they look, the way they feel and their lifestyle choices and on the other hand are unwilling to do anything about it, indeed Â they defend and protect the very source of their unhappiness/ discontent. OK, this is easier said than done but imagine you tell a miserable drug addict that in order to feel good about life again he/she needs to throw their drugs down the loo and I guarantee they will look at you like you are crazy.
So the question is why? Why does this happen? Why is the very thing that stands in the way of someone’s happiness become the same thing that is treasured, guarded and protected by that person. Is it the addictive power of sugar or caffeine for example or is it the illusion that life couldn’t possibly be complete without that fix? Â Is the problem chemical, psychological or even social? In all honesty, I don’t know, I’m not a therapist or a doctor but my guess would be if one were to recognise this behaviour in oneself it could be the key or at the very least the first step to challenging a destructive habitual pattern.
As I always say to my clients, for change to occur, we must first embrace change.
Does a healthy diet have to make you miserable?
Strap yourselves in citizens I’m about to get to the point. So you want to get to the promised land where you’re fit, strong, confident and enjoy a healthy balanced diet but you feel that surrendering bad food choices which are clearly not taking you in the direction of the promised land is a real sticking point for you. Many people feel this way, you’re not alone. Personally if everything I ate fell under the category of health food I suspect I’d be miserable too. Yes, that’s right I do not eat healthy food all of the time but I do make healthy choices most of the time.
In my opinion if you enjoy a healthy balanced Â diet 75/80% of the time and incorporate regular vigorous exercise into your week you will not only maintain but improve your health, fitness but also your confidence and subsequently your happiness which is what this is all about, isn’t it? So in short forget this all or nothing approach and concentrate on making the correct choice most of the time. In my opinion this is the only sustainable solution.
Underestimating the potent benefits of fitness and well being.Â
I sometimes talk to people who only look at fitness as hard work, they feel that there is no upside. Of course they want to look good and feel good but they feel that the return on investment is too little, too little return to sacrifice time on the couch. Some laugh and joke about fitness like its a fools game. I often ask them if they have ever been in a place before when they were working hard, eating well and getting great results? This answer is almost always “No” to which I retort “How could you possibly be qualified to criticise a healthy lifestyle when you have never experienced one?” Roll the dice, make a sacrifice here and there and work at your fitness consistently and tenaciously and then come and tell me if you feel miserable when you’re the fittest you’ve ever been.
One must first heal the body before one can heal the mind.