If you want to get out of something – what do you do? Do you think about why you want to get out of it? Do you really? Or do you avoid any reflection and ultimately short-change yourself in the process? Most people, to avoid the uncomfortableness of self-reflection, go the automatic pilot route and immediately go into excuse mode.
Excuse mode. Excuse mode is very common when it comes to addressing the issue of changing eating habits. Here are some oldies but goodies: I don’t cook; I’m too busy; My family will never eat this way; I need something convenient; What about all my favourite foods; It’s going to be too expensive to eat this way; I’m not sick yet; It’s in my genes so there is no point in changing; I never heard about this before; Other people will give me a hassle; I won’t be able to eat out. This list is by no means exhaustive – you probably have a few more you could add to it.
What do excuses get us? Just an easy way to stay in our current comfort zone. Then we can quickly dismiss the thought (and work) of changing. Yikes – who wants to change? Yet we change all the time – literally. We change our underwear, our clothes, our shoes, our outerwear, our next meal, our t.v. watching, our plans, our friends, etc. Can you imagine not changing and living in the same underwear, same outfit, same shoes, same outerwear, same meal, same t.v. episode, same activity, same friends (never adding new ones)? Life would go from liveable to unbearable very quickly.
Our daily activities of living demonstrate that we are change agents on a regular basis. This practice of daily change can be an inoculation for changes that could actually optimize our health. Many of us feel a kind of dread at the thought of getting older – we could put this down to the relentless and superficial marketing of youth.
But if we look closer and actually reflect on: what is it that youth have that we want? Imagine having the perceived energy and vitality of youth but the wisdom and maturity that comes with life experience? So if you could live right now with energy and vitality – isn’t that worth considering a change in eating habits? Living longer and feeling fully alive while doing it. That is a pretty amazing return on your effort to make some changes in the way you eat right now. Truly reflecting on the value of making changes can free us to be the best of ourselves. Will you excuse yourself from that opportunity?