That is the question...Why? Eat healthy!
Why, oh why would you eat that?
In a previous post (Daily Fundamentals), I promoted the daily practice of healthy eating fundamentals: the what + the where + the when + the how. In this post, I want to discuss the ‘WHY’ of healthy eating.
Having an over-riding, good-quality ‘WHY’ provides motivation, and keeps you focused on achieving health.
I will fail you in health
When I go through the diets of my clients — to find out what they are eating — I ask them why they have chosen to eat a particular food or meal. To this question, I get many different answers. Unfortunately, a lot of the time the answer is not: “for my health”.
You cannot expect to be healthy, if in most cases, ‘health’ is not your top priority when eating.
You come to see me solely for your health. Therefore I won’t accept a series of random answers. And I won’t allow you to simply scrape-by, or to cheat yourself out of health.
Discussing the whys & wherefores
I ask, “why did you have that for breakfast?”
“What about lunch?”
Generally, I get answers like:
01—Because it’s easy, convenient, on-special, cost effective, or what the rest of the household was eating
02—Because I like it, wanted it, was hungry, was out socialising, like cooking, liked the look of the recipe, thought I should use it up (as I’d already bought it), think I’m intolerant to ‘such-and-such’, think ‘such-and-such’ is bad for me
03—Because I’m on a ‘such-and-such’ diet
04—Because it was about to ‘go off’
Clearly, they’re not getting the answers correct (the decisions they’re making aren’t supporting their health), otherwise they wouldn’t have come to see me!
It’s important that I get my clients asking the right question.
Note: Sometimes I do get answers like, “Because I think it’s good for me”, or “Because you’re supposed to eat it”. But very rarely will I get: “Because I know it’s good for me”1. While the difference between these statements sounds minor, the former can have a negative impact on your health.
First things first — get your priorities straight!
If you’re consistently selecting your next feed based on:
01— the opinion of your friends
02— the opinion of your taste-buds
03— the latest fad diet
04— how pretty the food looks in a recipe book
05— how convenient the food is
06— what the food costs
07— how you are feeling in the moment i.e tired, hungry, or stressed
08— any other reason (excuse!) you’d care to think of…
Then getting healthy, or maintaining your health is not your number one priority. Generally speaking, you don’t get healthy by being lucky.
You need to start asking yourself some serious questions about your health
If you want to be healthy, then health should feature at the top of your daily dietary ‘to-do list’. Then, every decision you make about what you eat & drink can be fed through this filter. And the results will trickle down every. single. day.
Obviously this is not always possible, realistic, or much fun. However, it is the things you do on a regular basis that will begin to shape your health — whether for the good or for the bad.
Having no 'why' to reinforce your eating decisions, is like going to the supermarket when you're cold, tired, hungry and without your shopping list!
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Lisa Fitzgibbon is a qualified (2006), experienced and registered Naturopath and Medical Herbalist.
She runs her own private practice OOMPH, in Grey Lynn (Auckland, New Zealand).
Lisa has been involved in the Natural Health industry for 15 years. She draws on her professional training and experience, as well as her own personal experience to bring you realistic, holistic health advice.
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