Before I did this one thing, I don’t think a person could have paid me money to
eat a healthy diet. It didn’t matter how much my friends and my family were
telling me my diet was unhealthy and I needed to change my habits. I was stuck
in my ways and nothing seemed to make a difference.
But by doing this one simple thing, I lost just about all of my desire to keep
eating that junk food. I wanted to eat healthy on my own accord. My desire was
so strong that my parents and friends actually thought I was going a little
overboard to the other extreme of being too health conscious. At that point, a
person couldn’t pay me to go back to eating junk food and fast food as much as I
What I did was expand my awareness through in-depth education.
I remember one book that explained how trans-fats and excess sugar affected the
body and hormones. This book showed me in black and white terms what was
happening to my body internally in a very detailed way that made it extremely
real to me.
Before that if someone said something was “unhealthy” or “healthy” I didn’t
really know what that meant. I thought yeah well maybe it’s unhealthy because
if I keep eating this way for the next 50 years I might get heart disease or
something. So I just figured I could always change my habits down the road
only if I developed an actual health complication.
Once I had the awareness about the damage I was currently doing to my body, I
couldn’t put on blinders and pretend my habits weren’t affecting me.
This of course was just the starting point. There were a number of things that I
did that built up my motivation and allowed me to make a more permanent
change. But this catalyst really set the pace for everything that came down the
I credit part of my ability to stick with a healthy lifestyle for the past nine years
straight due to constant ongoing education. This is reading articles, books,
listening to podcasts, etc. on health and fitness that constantly provide me with
reasons why this lifestyle is important, reasons why going back to a less healthy
lifestyle are detrimental, and cool tips and tricks that keeps things fun and
I really believe that when people take even just a few minutes a week to stay up
to date on the health impacts of various foods and lifestyle choices, this constant
education and reinforcement as to why it’s important to live healthy is like
watering the motivation “plant.” If you don’t reinforce your motivation by giving
it regular “nourishment” (AKA: Reasons “why” health is important), then
gradually your motivation starts to die away just like a plant that stops getting
Here are a few health and fitness resources you can check out. There are
obviously tons more, but I don’t want to overwhelm you. To get started, I
suggest signing up for at least one email newsletter and one podcast to keep
health education an ongoing weekly thing.
Also, no two experts will always agree with each other, and you may not always
agree with them. So I encourage you to take everything with a grain of salt and
not get too caught up in “dogmatic” health approaches and simply take and
apply what makes sense and works best for you.
http://bewellbuzz.com and http://www.bewellbuzz.com/category/podcast
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead – A documentary on the effects of a poor diet and
how they can be reversed through healthier habits like vegetable juicing. Watch
for free on Hulu at: http://www.hulu.com/watch/289122