We’re long past the New Year by now, and your resolutions to get healthy, eat well, and exercise might have faded into the past. The allure of sweets, the aroma of fresh-baked bread, and the taste of a hearty pasta dish are often too much to overcome. Despite everything you KNOW to be true—that a high-carbohydrate diet is one of the worst things you can do for your heart—you still succumb to your cravings. And your waistline shows it.
When All Else Fails, Find Your ‘WHY’
When you reduce your carbohydrate intake and increase your fiber and protein intake, you’ll find that your cravings naturally reside. But what if you can’t overcome them in the first place? How do you get over the hump? How can you get healthy when your cravings control you?
I find that it helps to think about your life—especially the important people and events in your life—and find your ‘WHY,’ or the meaningful parts.
Do you have a spouse who loves you and wants to spend the rest of his days with you? Does spending time with your children still light you up as it did when they were young? Or maybe you have young children (or grandchildren!) who you love to play with and need energy for. Or maybe the idea of being agile and feeling well long into your golden years is important to you. It could also be that you have important work to do—a career or passion project that motivates you to make your mark on the world.
When you connect to the meaningful people and events in your life, you get the sense of how important it is that you show up as your best self for them. They are a big part of your reason for being.
The Choice Is Yours
From this perspective, you can make the choice between foods and activities that decrease your vitality, or those that keep you feeling well so that you can create and maintain a meaningful life. Do you love apple pie as much as you love your family? All joking aside, of course not. When you look at it that way, the choice becomes easy.
Consider those areas of your life that are most important to you, and place a reminder of them in your kitchen or any place you find yourself falling back into unhealthy habits. Remember your ‘WHY’ and let it fuel your choices to be all you can be.