Overcoming Excuses for Unhealthy Eating

By on December 26, 2017

by Tami Mungenast

When it comes to making healthy changes to your lifestyle with your diet there are only two options… make progress or make excuses. Excuses can often become the language of the unmotivated. If you’re truly looking to improve your health and wellness through improved eating get to the root of your excuses and learn how to turn your excuses into action.

Here are five of the most common excuses I hear, and some ideas on how to handle them.

I don’t have enough time

•Seek out easy quick recipes.  There are countless recipes at your fingertips online.

•Use your freezer. Make a double batch of a meal and have it in the freezer for future meals.

• Take advantage of healthy convenience foods.  Most local grocery stores have veggies cut and ready to be cooked and even prepared proteins in the meat department. If your short on time these are great alternatives for healthy meals.

•Too busy? = Health is not your priority. We put our time where our priorities are. So ask yourself “where are my priorities?”

Too expensive

•Stick to a meal plan and stop eating out. That’s the best way to save money!

•Use more economical priced proteins. Check the meat department for sale items or less expensive price per pound meal items.

•Keep it simple! Many tasty meals can be healthy and affordable especially if you minimize the number of ingredients you add.

•Shop seasonally

My family is picky

•Sneak in some greens. Cook with them in pasta or casseroles.

•Keep healthy snacks in sight. Even if your family is not on board with your eating plan, have some snacks for yourself handy and readily available.

•Make kid friendly recipes. Google recipes that are healthy and kid friendly. Have your children help you with the cooking.

I’m always on the go

•Pack healthy portable snacks. If they need to be refrigerated bring a small cooler orn lunch bag.

•Make your own snacks.

•Dine out wisely. Most restaurants, including fast food, have healthy options to choose from.

Can’t control my cravings

•The following issues might help you get to the root of the craving

•Not eating enough calories

•Too restrictive

•Food allergies/sensitivities

If you are looking to improve your diet and wellness, find a way, not an excuse.

“99% of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.” George Washington Carver