I had this belief really reinforced over the weekend when I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It's a documentary about a man who is 100 pounds overweight with an autoimmune condition that causes him to constantly break out in hives. He starts thinking about how when as a child he would fall down and scrape his knee, his body would actually heal itself if he left the wound alone. That leads him to believe he should also be able to heal himself from the inside out. (Read a synopsis here.) What struck me equally as much as his process of healing and weight loss, was the conversations that he had with people across the USA who knew darn well that they needed to lose weight and who knew they shouldn't be eating the way they were, yet they continued. They excused it in every way: you only live once, I don't have time to cook decent meals, groceries are too expensive... but the bottom line is they knew. (If you haven't seen the film, it is available to watch online, for free!)
I also believe I am entitled to express this opinion because truth be told I can hold myself up as an example of someone who can be wildly successful at healthful living when I plan, and wildly successful at failure when I do not. I won't lie, sometimes it's just so much easier not to do that hard work, especially if one has a spouse/family that doesn't care to eat the same way. I'm not saying Mr. Helen won't eat healthy, it's just small things like him wanting potatoes, rice, pasta and/or bread at every single meal. The man works in 40 degree temperatures all day long and he works out quite a bit so his calorie burners run on high all the time. He can withstand many extras and probably actually needs them. I do not - unless I'm training for distance racing. So, when he wants spaghetti, I need to look at how it's fitting into my overall diet for the day. In othr words, based on what I've consumed previously, ome days it would be fine and others not so much. Often I choose not to do that just because it's easier and more convenient for me not to have to cook extra items just for myself. Get it?
Such a conundrum and to be frank, one of the things making me feel exhausted. Yet, I also know that making the hard choices: lots of planning, and then choosing what is healthier over what is convenient is what I
The interesting thing is that even though I prepped and planned by buying the cauliflower, when it came time to do the cooking, I felt myself resistant. It's not the cooking as obviously I really enjoy cooking but more of a resentment that this is how I have to spend my free time. Of course I pushed through and did what I had to do but it felt like one of those hard choices. I'm ready for those choices to feel easier again.