When anyone finds out that I'm a motivational speaker on healthy lifestyle, some recoil just a little bit but most offer up their reasons for not eating any healthier than they do. I've made a list of the top 3 excuses and ways to get around them.
1. "Healthy foods are too expensive."
a. Cut back on organics. My "always organic" items are carrots, potatoes and baby lettuce mix. Other than that, wash all fruits and vegetables in a full sink of water with just a splash of white vinegar to remove most pesticides.
b. Buy in season. It's more local so it doesn't have to fly half way around the world to get to you which ups the cost (and the carbon footprint). It's tastier because it is riper and you can buy in quantity while the price is low and freeze for later.
c. Buy in bulk. Grains, beans, nuts, seeds, flours, brans, spices can all be purchased in just the amount you need without all the extra packaging.
2. "Take out is all I have time for."
a. Simplify. Start building a repetoire of 20 minute throw together meals like main meal salads and stir-frys. For example, broil frozen salmon or talapia while microwaving sweet potatoes and open a bag of prewashed dark leafy greens for a salad. You'll be sitting down to a healthy dinner by the time you would have ordinarily crept through the pick up window of the local Burger Doodle.
b. Find a couple of slow cooker recipes that you love and prep them the night before or that morning. Nothing better than walking in the house to the aroma of stewy deliciousness!
c. Rediscover the grocery isle. Most major grocery stores have a decent selection of boxed, canned and frozen foods that are Polly approved for health!
3. "I don't like water."
a. Make it more interesting by adding mint leaves, cucumber slices, lemon or frozen blueberries!
b. Try sparkling water with a splash of juice ( I like pomegranate or cranberry) with a wedge of lime.
Most of us have a long list of improvements to make to our healthy lifestyle, be it food, fitness, meditating, on and on and on. I just wanted to present solutions to 3 common obstacles in many people's lives. If you're familiar with any of these go ahead and tackle just one for starters. I promise you it's not hard, it's just a tweek to your routine that will improve your overall health and vitality for decades to come.
From your motivational speaker who's husband is doing the legwork for dinner tonight. Oh, #4, enlist help!