How many times have we told ourselves that? I am going to join a gym and/or lose weight or pretty much change any behavior we know we shouldn’t be doing, but can’t seem to stop ourselves. So we join a gym and we go for about a month tops. Or we go on a starvation diet and lose enough wait to make us happy with ourselves again then get right back on the bad food train because we really don’t know any better. We never learned how to be healthy.
Aristotle is correct we are what we repeatedly do. But what are we excellent at? How many days have you looked in the mirror and thought? I gotta make a change! How many times have you made a change only to go back to your old habits and return to your previous state of being? So if we repeatedly eat the wrong food, or drink too much, or remain inactive we become excellent at those behaviors (habits).
Breaking a habit might be one of the toughest things we do in our lives. Sometimes we don’t even realize these things are habits. It is just the way we live our lives.
So how do you change a habit? First you have to identify it as such. Then and only then can you begin to address it.
Le’s look at an example of an unconscious habit the vast majority of people do. If asked the following question the overwhelming majority of people would answer yes! Ready? “Do you want some fries with that?” Instinctively and through repetition we say yes!
The HuffPo ran an article about the healthiest fast food french fry. And oxymoron for sure! But the lowest calorie and fat content was in McDonald’s order of small fries. Which is 71 grams of food and contains 229 calories. Do you know anyone besides in a kids meal that orders the small fries? The large has almost 500 calories. Some of you may remember the Documentary Supersize Me by Morgan Spurlock. Here is the synopsis from Google of that film.
Director Morgan Spurlock’s social experiment in fast-food gastronomy sees him attempting to subsist uniquely on food from the McDonald’s menu for an entire month. In the process his weight balloons, his energy level plummets and he experiences all sorts of unexpected — and terrifying — side effects. He also examines the corporate giant’s growing role in the lives of American consumers and explores its methods of indoctrinating young people and its contribution to America’s obesity epidemic.
Here is the problem with this premise. It isn’t McDonald’s fault that we over eat their product. And to lay blame on the company for wanting to sell their product is taking the focus off ourselves and our culpability in our bad eating habits.
Do we as a society find it so hard to say “no” to a slick advertising campaign that they become solely responsible for our health issues? Or do we look ourselves in the mirror in the morning and tell ourselves we need to take control of our lives for us and our families.
And families are key here. How many times have we eaten unhealthy foods at a fast food restaurant because we are taking the kids! That is not to say that once in a great while a McDonald’s order can’t be on the agenda, but making it a habit is not healthy as Spurlock has shown. By the way, McDonald’s never claimed to be a health food store.
Folks we learn negative habits from day one and teach them to our kids! And the only way to overcome bad habits is to learn new and better habits and that is a tough thing to do!
You will need a plan and a coach.
Let’s get the world healthy!