Why are healthy choices so difficult for most of us to make?
Yet a small percentage of people seem to do quite well in this area. Most of these “healthy types” will also admit that it’s impossible to be perfect, but that they are able to course-correct more often.
I believe it comes down to knowing who you are. Meaning, those that are able to be more consistent with their diet, their exercise, and limiting bad habits have adopted some variation of healthy living or well-being as part of their identity. It’s part of who they are and they know it. To make poor choices feels uncomfortable and inauthentic to them, so they are quick to correct their actions and get back on the right track.
For those of us (me included) that can go down the path of poor choices for quite some time have not adopted well-being as part of who we are. We are confused about that aspect of our life and make choices that are consistent with that confusion.
Why else would intentionally put harmful food products into our system? Or why else would you smoke? Or drink heavily? Or not stay physically active?
Think about it. If you had to define yourself in 30 seconds, what would you say? If you had a chance to proclaim it to the world, what would you include? Of the top ten things that you believe make up your WHO, would smoking, drinking, fried food, or lethargy make the list? Doubtful!
It’s more likely that relationships, spirituality, creativity, compassion, service, achievement, nature, or health would make the list, right? How do the poor choices you make affect your ability to be your true self?
Do your choices regarding healthy living or well-being honor who you are?
Here’s a short video of me in Reno. I would like to apologize for a) the poor framing of myself, and b) the nature scenes on the TV behind me.