A month ago I put out a couple of questions to see what obstacles people face when trying to make nutrition and fitness related changes.
Today we’ll go through a couple of these obstacles and ways to overcome them.
Organic food is very expensive.
Organic food isn’t the only option to improve your eating habits. We look at food on a spectrum from Better <==> Worse. We touched on this back in March.
Let’s go back to the apple example I used back then.
An apple ==> apple sauce ==> apple pie ==> caramel covered apple with candy sprinkles
Where would the organic apply fit on the spectrum? To the far left, right?
Meaning…there are still healthy options just a little further down the spectrum.
As a coach, I’d rather have my clients eating a non-organic apple a day rather than a caramel apple!
Take a step back and look at the obstacle. Find a small way to overcome it now. Then down the road look to see if other options exist.
Maybe organic options are more feasible for you and your family. That’s when you begin experimenting with that option.
Here is an article from Precision Nutrition on how you can save money on food: http://www.precisionnutrition.com/get-rich-with-pn
Being told what to eat and not working with me on what I like to eat. I’m a picky eater so I need to work with what I like.
There are many diets out there that tell you what to eat and what not to eat. Both can be frustrating.
With our coaching programs, we focus on the ‘how’ to eat and not the ‘what’ to eat. It is your decision to figure out what options will work best for you.
We can help provide options and brainstorm ideas when you are facing a particular challenge.
As an example, there are ways to bump up the protein intake for those who don’t eat or like lean meats.
I like to drink and eat junk food.
For me, this ‘obstacle’ really goes back to ‘what is your why’ and your values. If you place higher value on adult beverages and junk food than you do healthier food options, that is the choice you have made for yourself.
Better food habits can change your tastes and your cravings as you begin to incorporate the healthier options into your meals.
You can learn to ‘like’ better options if that is a part of what you want for yourself. Again, take that step back and evaluate your reasons for change and how they align with your values.
Time for planning and prep.
This tends to be one of the most frequent obstacles we hear when it comes to converting habits to healthier ones.
Grabbing something quick (typically fast-food) on the way home or on the way to an event is a lot easier and faster when schedules are jam-packed.
To overcome this obstacle, think small change over a period of time.
Don’t expect to have every meal planned out for the week. Think about one of the smaller challenges and focus on that change.
Maybe you can start by making two family meals at home where you can all sit together to enjoy the meal?
Maybe one meal is more reasonable for you.
You get to make the choice. Then you get really good at that habit…and then move on to the next one.
There is a tendency for the quick-fix solutions that can overwhelm people. Start small and gain some momentum. Then move on.
If you are facing an obstacle that’s impacting your goals, take a few minutes and think about it on a scale from better to worse. Find one small change you can make and go for it!
Please reach out if you want help removing your obstacles!