When I started my journey to Healthy Living, it wasn’t easy. No one will ever tell you that it will be easy…and they will say your on a “Diet”. This is probably the most popular word that is tossed around when people get talking about eating right. I happen to find it slightly offensive when people say, “oh your just on a diet, it will end in a year or so and you will go back to the normal”.
First of all, who wants to be normal? I’m talking about the boring normal…lets get crazy and colorful with our foods! A bad eating lifestyle should have never become “normal”. Our bodies were not meant to have trash/junk thrown into them! When I first started out my journey, I learned to say early on, that I was going through a “lifestyle change”. They would then reply with the common statement, “oh….so your on a diet?”. After hearing this over and over…it gets to the point where I just want to shove a plate of broccoli in their face (sorry, but its true). Now that I have been on my life style change for a long time, I can say that I “eat clean”…buuut I sometimes still get the classic line thrown at me.
So what do you do? The stage of first starting the change is tough…mentally,physically, emotionally…you get the idea. So adding the peer pressure on top of that, can be really intense.
Here’s the deal: Let everyone know. Yes, it is completely OK to keep some things a secret about your nutrition changes…but hiding the fact that you are changing your lifestyle should not be kept private. Why? Well, why shouldn’t you be proud of the fact that you have the courage to stand up for your body, and make a complete change in your life? By letting everyone know, it will keep you accountable. Such a big change should not be faced alone. If you let other people know, they will ask you how your change is going…trust me, this has happened. I love telling people how my journey is going…it gives me a sense of accomplishment! To make everyone know that your change is such a big deal and you have a lot of accomplishments, will prove to others that you are serious about this, and it is not a fad diet.
When you make the change in your life a big and important deal, it will be hard to ignore, and there will be only one option…to press forward! When you share your new-found knowledge of nutrition and “living to make a better you” with others, hopefully they will take you seriously… and they wont take it as a “fad diet” anymore.
If your “friends” wont truly take you seriously, then it’s time to surround yourself with nutrition buddies. Spending time with people going through the same thing as you, will help you more than anything. Find someone who is also striving for the healthy life, and discuss your high’s and low’s of the journey«<this is therapeutic! I have discovered that doing just that, has often made it the highlight of my day.
Until next time, Elle.