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How to Define: WHY Eat Healthy?

Reprinted with the kind permission of Sue Ingebretson [1]
Can you define WHY you want to Eat Healthy? I mean, is your notion specific or vague? When it comes to diet, most of us know that we intend to eat well, but we approach it as a wish rather than a plan.
As with any PLAN, there has to be a solid reason behind it. You wouldn’t plan a trip to scale Denali in Alaska without a strong reason why, would you?
Formulating a healthy plan takes strong reasons, too. But most of us fail to really take stock. This one omission may make the difference between complete success and partial success.
WHY Eat Healthy?
Are you ready to take stock?
There are numerous reasons why eating well is a good thing to do. But we want to make it more than just a “good thing.” It needs to be a non-negotiable. To do this, we need to definite specific, concrete, absolute, and powerful reasons why it’s important.
There are three simple steps to help you define this crucial desire.  
Step 1 – WHAT
Start by selecting WHAT category or categories of reasons that make eating well important. Do you wish to improve a health challenge or prevent one? Is it fitness – do you wish to stay or become more active? Do you wish your weight were different? Do you wish to make changes in your work life and your health is a roadblock?
Step 2 – WHO
Notice that the first step is all about wishing. Wishing is a good thing. Wishing helps us to stir up juicy feelings about what we really want out of life.
And, when backed up by specifics, wishes turn into plans.
It’s now time to define WHO will benefit from a healthier you.
Besides yourself, is it primarily important to you to change your health for your family, friends, co-workers, or someone else? If it’s no one other than you, that’s fine, but it’s important to evaluate the impact of your health improvements on others.
Step 3 – HOW MUCH?
Now it’s time to really get specific. It’s time to flesh out your wishes and get real about what a healthy eating plan can do for you.
How much would a healthy body benefit you? Where would you go? What would you do? How would your life improve?
For example, let’s say that you want to eat better so that you can reduce pain and be more active with your grandchildren.
That’s a great start, but nowhere near specific enough. Let’s kick the specifics up a notch. Try this on for size – 

You decide to include more veggies into your diet by incorporating them at most meals. You know that they can help to reduce inflammation which can reduce pain. The antioxidants, fiber, and key micronutrients inherent in veggies provide energy to help you to move your body on a regular basis. You select a simple walking plan to practice three times per week which helps to improve sleep and reduce stress. You start off at a slow and gentle pace. You listen to your body as you become stronger. As your pain lessens and your weight stabilizes, you notice a freedom in your body. You’re free to feel healthier, happier, and more at ease with yourself. You now also find the freedom to spend time with others – especially your grandchildren. You schedule activities that are entertaining in simple ways. You spend your time with them immersing yourself into their lives, discovering what they love. In return, you recognize that time with them allows you to feel relaxed and rejuvenated. And, of course, you enjoy sharing your passion for healthy, whole, natural foods with the ones you love.

Can you see how specifics of your big WHY make this more of a plan than a wish? 
Why Eat Healthy NOW?
Does it make a difference WHEN to start a healthier eating plan? Only if progress is important. Just like planting a tree, the best time is now.
One way to fuel your motivation is to write out your own WHY statement. You can flesh out your own ideas about a healthier food plan. Of course, if you’d like some help with creating and implementing a healthy plan for your future, contact me HERE [2].
And, did you enjoy this post? If so, you’ll probably want to read the other 7 diet fixes mentioned in this article entitled, 8 Diet Disaster Do-Overs [3]. Creating a big WHY is #4 which we covered in more detail here. Have fun reading the others!
Please share YOUR big WHY in the comments below. Why is a healthy eating plan important to you? 

Sue Ingebretson is the Natural Healing Editor for ProHealth.com as well as a frequent contributor to ProHealth's Fibromyalgia site. She’s an Amazon best-selling author, speaker, and workshop leader. Additionally, Sue is an Integrative Nutrition & Health Coach, a Certified Nutritional Therapist, a Master NLP Practitioner, and the director of program development for the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Center at California State University, Fullerton. You can find out more and contact Sue at www.RebuildingWellness.com.