“Are you really going to stick to this diet forever?”
I’m sure if you eat healthy, or have attempted to in the past, this question has come up. People look at you and are happy for you when you first start making healthy habits, but as you continue, their nature begins to change. They start acting like you are crazy for making sure you have healthy habits, even though your healthy habits are making you a better person. They may even start to make fun of you for what you do, and eventually the question above follows. This can be very frustrating, because you have finally gotten rid of your dependence on food. Now you are eating to live instead of living to eat and you have gained tremendous health benefits and freedom from it. The issue is that after being asked these things you may begin to doubt if what you are doing is really worth it, even though after experiencing it and doing all of your research, it clearly is.
Well my answer to the question is…YES! I will always eat healthy, and you should always eat healthy too. There is no reason not to. The benefits of a healthy diet far outweigh the taste of some sugary snack. The energy, vitality, and confidence are all irreplaceable. It gives you the tools you need to attack challenges that you just couldn’t bring yourself to do before. The lack of disease and medical expenses makes life so much easier and more enjoyable. Not to mention that “eating healthy is boring and dull” is a complete lie, so that excuse just doesn’t cut it. Also, the freedom of not feeling like you need to eat every time you see food is extremely liberating.
The real question that should be asked is, “Are you really going to eat like crap forever?”. Unlike eating healthy, eating whatever you want offers zero benefits at all. It leads to you having no energy, and being disease ridden. It leads to mood swings and hormonal imbalances. You look out of shape and sick, and can’t perform the way you should be able to. Just because you can function on an unhealthy diet doesn’t mean you are doing your best. You age faster and feel like you’re 70 when in your 30’s. You rely on coffee to get you through the day, and alcohol to sleep at night. When life hits, you have no energy or willpower left to handle it. Food becomes a crutch and an addiction that is very hard to get rid of.
The whole point of this is that if you eat healthy or are trying to, and you get asked questions like the one above, do not listen to them. Stay strong and continue to do what you are doing and inspire others to do the same. Do not doubt what you are doing, because it isn’t even arguable that eating healthy is far superior to eating whatever you want. The harsh truth is that the majority of people in America eat whatever they want, but the majority of people in America also are in constant state of distress. Most people are overweight and sick. They lack energy and motivation. They have all types of medication and medical bills that follow. They don’t have the vitality and willpower to deal with stressful situations so they end up angry and depressed. I’m not saying eating healthy for a week makes all issues disappear. What I am saying is that living a healthy lifestyle gives you the energy, vitality, and all other tools you need to conquer everything in your life.
So do not lose confidence in what you are doing, and when someone asks you “Are you really going to stick to this diet forever?”, answer them with “Are you really going to eat like crap forever?”. Stand up for yourself and tell them why you are making these positive decisions and help them to make better lifestyle decisions of their own. Show them this article if they ask you that question to further show them that it isn’t the right question to be asking. Realistically, it isn’t that people don’t want to be healthy or have healthy habits. It is just that making the transition is hard. They don’t know where to start and they may not have the energy to get going, so it is much easier to try to downplay someone who is taking steps to be healthy. At the same time, if they have felt sick for years that has become normal to them and they may not realize that they really could feel so much better. I have even experienced this and I’m only 21. For years I ate semi-healthy, but would have multiple ”cheat meals” per week and actually exercised too much. I thought everything was fine and that I was healthy as could be. After doing more research on diet and exercise I took a step and tried cleaning up my diet, intermittent fasting, and cutting back to a much more reasonable exercise load. Wow…I didn’t realize what I was missing out on. After taking out the cheat meals my acne almost completely went away, and I have not gotten a cold since. After a week of intermittent fasting I had so much more energy than before, and no longer needed to take naps. After not over-training in the gym, and doing a healthier amount of exercise, I felt even more energized and motivated to train again. So maybe try explaining to them that they don’t realize how much more amazing they could really feel if they tried what you are doing.
Stay strong, don’t doubt your healthy habits, and keep encouraging others no matter what.
*Note I am not a doctor and am not telling you to do anything. This blog is simply a representation of my life experience. Always consult your doctor before trying anything.