We in America believe in pharmacology. The cure is in the substance – the potion, the drug, the ingredient. Does it have added fiber? Is it free of cholesterol? Is it low fat? Does it have real fruit? Omega 3? Grapes have reservatrol! Why bother with the grapes, let’s take a reservatrol pill!
We buy exercise machines and diet books, yet usually nothing happens. We join a gym and do crunches, and see no results. We careen from miracle cure to superfood to drug to fad diet regimen, always with the same results… no change, or temporary improvement followed by a return to failure, declining health, increasing weight, frustration, and hopelessness.
We consult our doctor, who might put us on drugs like appetite suppressants, or want to operate to reduce the size of our stomach, or (preferably) send us to a certified nutritionist, who will put us on a regime of some kind that we come to loathe and eventually abandon.
Here’s our mistake. We believe that the thing – the drug, food, device, program – will cure or save us. We don’t want to have to actually change ourselves to get the results we want.
What do we mean, “change ourselves?” The change comes from thinking. There is a philosophical difference between those who fail and those who succeed, and it’s very simple. Those who succeed take responsibility for the choices they make, and decide to become mindful, conscious and scrupulous about what goes into their body, and how they use that body. Excuses, passivity, and victimization mindsets are left behind, replaced by vigilance and determination. These people do their own research, draw their own conclusions, design their own program, and take responsibility for their own wellbeing.
The details of any particular person’s individual philosophy or program are unique to them, but those who are successful all have a philosophy. It might be something like these below:
“Eat to Live” (vs. “Live to Eat”)
“God Food” (vs. “People Food”)
“Is this choice in the best interest of the Future Me?”
“Ain’t no hot dogs in the Garden of Eden!”
“Food is Medicine”
“I’m on a __________ diet” (Vegan, Paleo, Vegetarian, Plant-based)
On some level, we know instinctively what’s good for us. Asked to characterize which is “good” and “bad,” and shown a picture of a Big Mac and a celery stalk, we all know which is which. We all also know which we would rather tend to eat.
THIS is the problem. We tend to confuse “what we like” with “what is good,” and then fall victim to convenience. We need to close the gap between desire and optimal benefit. How do we do this?
FIND WAYS TO MAKE THE CELERY PALATABLE. This is the key to success. It MUST be enjoyable. Food should taste good! And (this is very important) it must be the GOOD food!
It’s not easy. It takes imagination, research, determination, information, and effort. Convenience is killing us. Cook at home. Find healthy options near or at the workplace. Bring your own lunch. Pack a tub of raw vegetables when traveling. Make your own dressing. Find tasty things among the healthy choices and make sure you have them available. Change your habits! Design your life to protect the ‘Future You’ or heal the ‘Present You!’
And be aware of everything that goes into your mouth. Start NOW.