Overcome Any Obstacle to Eating Right

Blueberries in basketWhen 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!



Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. Really good stuff, Polly! I know that the old "I don't have enough time" excuse flows trippingly off my tongue many times.  I would really appreciate that list of Polly Approved foods any time you'd like to share them!  Thanks for keeping things so simple and easy for us!

  2. Bravo Polly! You have conquered every excuse. As a motivational speaker, I would like to add my two cents, and speak from experience as one not prone to making healthy food choices. I have used every excuse you stated and more. But I am finally learning that these are excuses – and very easy to hide behind. And if you take away those excuses, I will come up with three more.  I am very good at creating excuses for not making healthy choices.

    But give me something else that I really really want – and there is no excuse that can stand in my way. I have no problem reaching OTHER goals. Which tells me one thing – I don't want this bad enough to make it happen. And THIS is the real reason beneath all the excuses. When it comes right down to it, I just don't care.

    Embarassing to admit, yes. But how can we get unstuck unless we are willing to get real with the deep reason that we are stuck. I am convinced that because I now know the problem, I can tackle it with more effectiveness. Won't be easy – but nothing good comes easy.

    Thanks for the eye opener.


  3. Hey Polly – I was thinking of you when I tried a shot of Wheat Grass after my hot pilates class.  It actually tasted…um, well, healthy.  Yves thought it tasted like he was licking his lawn mower, but ANYWAY, I felt healthier just drinking it.  Another tip as a motivational speaker who has a challenge when traveling, I pack easy to eat snacks that are more healthy than the fast food stops in the airport: carrots, celery, salmon or tuna packs – travel size.  The last trip, well, I forgot to pack my healthy snacks and lo and behold my client left an amentity basket in my room. It was filled with nuts, Reeses, Potato chips, and chocolate chip cookies.  I was hungry and tired enough to destroy the Reeses first, than the chocolate chip cookies then the granola bars and bypassed the nuts. It was NOT pretty! The lesson here? Don't get too hungry or too tired when tempation arises!!!! I need to remember that next time.  

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