You might be looking at all this info and feeling overwhelmed. I know I was at times! That’s why I wanted to do this series, to help break it down and encourage you.
But the reality is this–it’s going to be hard. It will be easier for some than others. For those of you like me who have deep-seated issues with food, it’s probably going to be really hard.
If you’re looking for an excuse, you can easily find it:
- It’s more expensive.
- It takes more time and effort.
- Nearly everything on our grocery store shelves is processed.
- You may be doing this completely alone, fighting against the pressures of a processed society, your friends and family, and your own habits and cravings.
- It’s too hard.
I’m not trying to scare or overwhelm you. If I can do this, anyone can do this. This is just a reminder that, as with most tough things, this one is first and foremost a battle of the mind. So, that’s where we need to start. Because if you aren’t mentally committed, then you won’t stick with it.
Here are some things that I found beneficial:
Get real with yourself
I’m really good at excuses. I’m good at convincing even myself that I just can’t do better. I’m very persuasive like that, and you probably are too. It’s amazing the lengths we’ll go to lie to ourselves. I read a quote one day that says something like, “if something is important to you, you’ll find a way, but if it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.” Ouch. When I thought about it, it’s so true. When things are really important to us, we will go to the ends of the earth to find a way to do it.
I had to come to a place where I was no longer willing to accept excuses from myself.
I spent the first few days of my real food journey in a constant battle, mentally telling myself, “That’s an excuse and you know it. Find a way around it.”
And I did. And you can too.
Remember why you are doing this
Food is (was?) comfort for me. When I’m having a really bad or stressful day and junk food is calling my name, it helps to look back at why I’m doing this. Some of my reasons.
- The pleasure of eating that junk food is quickly fleeting and possibly followed by guilt. The feeling of victory that comes from beating that craving is so much sweeter.
- My health is worth the effort, and so is my family.
- I desire to give my children a better foundation of knowledge, habits, and a healthier relationship with food, along with cultivating a palate that appreciates real, wholesome foods rather than junk foods.
- I simply feel better when I’m eating real food.
- Weightloss. Although this isn’t a driving factor, I am very overweight (obese), and my health should benefit from losing some of that weight.
- God’s ways are best. He created food to perfectly nourish our bodies through synergy, etc. His foods are better than the man-created ones.
- I desire a simpler lifestyle, closer to nature and the source of our foods.
- Real foods, cooking at home, buying local, tends to support more ethical business practices overall.
These are just a few of my reasons. You can find more here from a blogger who lost 100 pounds and made a list of 100 non-scale victories it brought her. If you have significant health problems caused by your diet, I recommend checking out that list for inspiration.
I urge you to make a list of your own reasons. Maybe even print them out and display them prominently. Combine them to make a mission statement. Keep your WHY at the forefront, because it can help you get through the more difficult moments.