Seriously. Could we be any more engulfed in drug ads and companies aching to scratch that itch to look and feel better?! It’s insane to ponder all the companies, products, programs, books and plans out there, all claiming to be THE answer you’ve been looking for to get your health and your life back on track. Even though, much of it comes down to the ever-so-simple yet ever-so-overlooked areas of diet and lifestyle.
Whole food nutrition and movement – two simple things that can impact your health in such a huge and awesome way yet we struggle to believe it could really be that simple.
Yes. It is.
I think we’re getting this. I think we’re inching our ways over toward understanding yet why do we struggle so profusely with simply implementing what we know? We want to live well but there always seems to be that one thing standing in the way. (Okay, maybe 23 things for some of us. Whatever. Today’s discussion still applies.)
We all have our obstacles; some of us more so than others. But, what we have to realize is that regardless of the obstacles that lie before us, we can walk in victory in our health. The road may not be easy but it’s certainly not a dead end. In fact, it just might be the start of an adventure of a lifetime. It surely has been for me.
Far too many of us have been losing the war on health and it is costing us, and our families, dearly. The phenomenal news is that IT’S NOT TOO LATE! You can totally hit the reset button in each of these areas and watch incredible things unfold in immediate and long-term results.
1. We Call Self-Neglect Self-Sacrifice
Being a wife and mother of two, I understand that these are jobs of many sacrifices. From that “I do” and from the moments of conception and birth, many things must be set aside or adjusted to make room for a wife and mommy to meet all of her household’s needs.
It’s what we do. We take care of our homes. It’s Biblical, right?
It seems that mode of adjusting never really stops as our lives ever fluctuate and fill in the cracks with each time and season our family is in.
Amongst all the chaos and the crazy, we have a tendency to put certain things on the back burner while we tend to everything else. Unfortunately, for countless women, health seems to be one of first things set aside and overlooked; at least until it starts to fail us.
The problem with this is that the longer we put it off, the greater the risk we run of exhausting our capacity to be of any help to those we love and seek so much to serve. Not only does our ability to help them steadily diminish but also our capacity to even help ourselves. NOT where you want to be.
While I totally get and appreciate the sacrificial heart of a loving wife and mother, I hope you are not blurring the lines between self-sacrifice and self-neglect. Don’t view your efforts to take care of yourself as time or energy you’re taking from them. Rather, view them as another way you give to them – a means of protecting (and increasing) your ability to keep pouring into your family.
2. We Claim We’re Keeping the Peace
I can’t tell you how many women regularly buckle under the pressure to eat and feed their families junk they know they should not be eating in some sort of effort to “keep the peace” in the home. While I believe in promoting an environment of joy and peace, especially at the kitchen table, this IS NOT an area to fold up under.
If this is you, know that even as you “keep the peace,” you may be “winning a battle” while you very well may be losing the war. We all have to learn to “pick our battles.” True. But, we also need to recognize the time to take a stand with all we’ve got, determined to take hold of the prize that awaits our families on the other side of our efforts.
I know it isn’t always easy getting everyone else on board. To ease tensions, I HIGHLY encourage you to make sure your lines of communication are strong. Help them understand what you’re looking to accomplish and why.
Also, never underestimate the power of education. The kitchen is a great place to teach our families and equip them to live long, vibrant lives. You don’t have to shove sprouts and apples down there throats daily to help them live healthfully.
Rather than trying to force them to adopt your take on it, try educating them so they can draw their own conclusions. Though some still hold their ground on the not-so-good food choices, many, as they come to understand what certain foods do to the body, will determine on their own that they don’t want to put those things into their bodies. It’s here you get to go from an adversarial position into a more supportive role in which you get to be there to learn together and help them reach their own health and wellness goals.
Even in households where the struggle gets a little more “real,” you can totally get to a place where it’s not even an issue any more as everyone comes to appreciate what does and doesn’t count as food. THEY WILL become more cooperative and will gain a greater capacity to really win in every other area of their lives. They just need you to hold steady – Consistent and Persistent!
In talking to as many people as I do, you hear a lot things that people think when they weigh in on healthful eating that, often times, simply aren’t true. Here are a few examples and the responses I would give to each.
- “It’s too expensive.” – While organic and whole foods can get more costly on the front end they are still far less costly than eating out or overeating on processed foods as our bodies crave more in volume in an attempt to fill the nutritional void. Eating healthfully is certainly less costly than getting sick. Did you know the average American will carry 3 times as much in medical debt as they will bank or credit card debt? Yes, eating healthy cost more than eating processed/refined foods. You wouldn’t expect to drive a Cadillac on a Pinto budget. Still, you can save money and boost your health by spending less money on sweets and meats and more on things like bulk buys of beans, lentils, grains and cereals.
- “It takes too much time.” – Many incredible, life-giving foods can be prepared in the same or less time than going through a drive through or prepping those meals-in-a-bag. It’s often more a matter of perception of the simplicity. We have a tendency to view the time spent on the same-ole-same-ole as being less than that spent on creating something new because of the thought and engagement involved. On one, our brains just kindly slip into neutral. On the other, we’re pacing out each step. As you learn to embrace new habits in the kitchen, you’ll soon have no trouble popping off into the kitchen and whipping up something healthy.
- “I won’t like it.” – Palates are trained. Just like yours have become trained to like what you now eat, it can be trained to truly love a grander array of bright and flavorful foods. Stop deciding in advance that you won’t like it and start determining that you will. You may be on your quest to find the ways you best like them prepared but YOU WILL find them. Just keep at it.
Here’s the thing, if you truly want to win the war on health for you and your family, you’ve got to get your head in the game! Any part of your thinking that doesn’t resonate with the vibrant life you’re out to live has got to go!
Think you have no time for nutrition?
Make your day Complete with grab’n’go goodness.
Non-GMO – Vegan – Low Fat – No Cholesterol – No Artificial Flavoring – No Coloring – No preservatives – No Wheat, Dairy or Eggs – No Added Caffeine or Herbs
I once saw a video of a guy who had no cable, no big screen tv’s… his family didn’t go for all the thrills, bells and whistles in life BUT they enjoyed an abundance of fresh, organic produce every day. Seeing this, challenged my thinking in a great way.
I can’t tell you how many people I’ve come across sporting iPhones, iWatches, nice cars, and straight bedazzled to the nines on a Ramen Noodle diet. Because, clearly the items we may use on a daily basis for a number of months/years rank well higher than the bodies we live in constantly from cradle to grave.
I really don’t mean to be offensive but I do want us to see the distortion in our thinking and how our priorities sometimes get a little out of whack.
Most people could make HUGE differences in the health within their households if they so much as took the money being applied to, say, the cable bill or some other extra and put it on the grocery bill. I know, some months can run tight and in many areas, the bills just have to be paid. Still, I cannot beg you enough – if the strain with healthy eating is financial, please don’t let the grocery budget be at the top of the list for places to look to crop expenses!
When it comes to food and your health – we tend to get what we pay for.
The question is (whether we’re talking the rewards of eating healthfully or the consequences of eating poorly) are you really willing to pay what it will cost you?
The health of your family is hands-down, one of the wisest investments you can make. Little by little, it all adds up and totally pays back in spades.
Time & Energy
In terms of time and energy, the same questions apply – where are your priorities?
After a long day at work, yes, I can be flat exhausted. Sometimes the stanky stuff hits the fan and we just have to roll with what we can. Still I ask, are you dedicating the time and energy needed in the kitchen to carefully craft the kind of health and future you want for you and your family?
On days when you’re bogged down with the “I-don’t-feel-like-it’s” or any number of excuses, just think of what you’re really after here and why, and I’m confident you’ll totally muster up the moxie to step it back up.
And, we’re out.
I know, that was a total eye-full but know this – you can win this! Not a single word here is meant to tear you down – only to be used as tools to tear down the obstacles in your health – real and potential.
You can so win this in a huge way for you, your children, your grandchildren… You’ve all been created to be and do “incredible” beyond anything you could possibly presently imagine. That’s why I’m so excited to see you, sword (or chef knife) in hand, ready to take back what’s rightfully yours – health, wellness and amazingly scrumptious eats.