“Excuses are lies wrapped up in reasons.”- Howard Wright
When people find out how I eat, I usually get one of two reactions. The most common reaction is typically an attack against me. People will say things to me like, “How can you eat like that?!” “I’d rather die happy than eat like that!”, or “That’s such a pain in the butt (cleaned that up for you)!”. The other reaction is excuses like, “ I should eat healthier, but……(insert excuse here).”, “My condition is different. I don’t think that would help me.”, or “ I’m not willing to give up ________ because I don’t believe it’s hurting me.” This list could go on forever! I really think I’ve heard it all.
Now, you may think the attacks on my way of living are not excuses; but, they actually are. They are excuses in an attack form. You see, some people will attack things they fear. Instead of admitting they don’t have the willpower or control to improve their health through diet and lifestyle changes, they attack others for having that power. It’s like an excuse, wrapped in barbed wire! In some way, others’ success amplifies their failure.
It’s those of you who use excuses because you’re afraid of failure that my heart truly goes out to. You’re the ones I strive to help everyday because I honestly believe you can do it. I say this because I’m just like you. I’m not some superhuman who has willpower of steel, or the ability to mentally destroy temptations. I’m just a person who became more afraid of sickness and death.
So, I urge you today, stop with the excuses. Make it today that you actually start improving your health! Make your LIFE a priority!
In order to give you a little nudge, I’m going to list the top excuses I hear, and how I squash them. I am a super excuse annihilator; so, I guess I do have one superpower. LOL!
1. “I’d rather die happy than eat like that!” – Me: “Did you say die happy or sooner?” I know it’s kind of snarky; but, sometimes I just can’t help myself.
2. “ I want to try the AIP, but I just can’t give up ___________ (just so you know, the #1 food people have a problem giving up is coffee. Alcohol is second.).” – Me: “ It was really hard for me to give up coffee and Tabasco, too. But, I told myself I would give them up for only 30 days to follow the AIP. Then, I would try to reintroduce them back into my diet. Well, as it worked out, I felt so much better after 30 days, I wasn’t ready to rush into reintroductions. When I finally did reintroduce coffee, I was successful. But, I failed miserably with the Tabasco. You know what though, I really don’t even miss it anymore. It’s amazing how less obsessed I am with certain foods now. It’s not foods that make me happy, it’s feeling good instead .”
3. “ I don’t have the time to cook all my meals.” – Me: “ So, you don’t have an hour or two, a couple of times a week, to batch cook all your meals for the week? That’s really all it takes. I usually just set aside a few hours a week to cook enough foods to last me for a couple of weeks. I also keep some no-cook foods on hand for times when things get hectic. I also pre-cut a few days worth of veggies and fruits. That way, when I need them, I don’t have to waste time chopping everything. I would also say to invest in either an Instant Pot or slow cooker. These cooking tools make cooking meals a snap.”
4. “ It’s so expensive!” – Me: “ It may seem that way in the beginning; but, you’ll actually find it’s cheaper than buying takeout or dining out. Plus, stores like Costco and Sam’s Club are starting to carry more paleo and AIP approved foods at a substantial discount. And, of course, there’s always Amazon, where you can order many of your AIP staples at a discount.”
5. “ My family is not on board for eating paleo, much less AIP. Am I supposed to cook two different meals every day? I don’t have time for that!” – Me: “ I serve three different meals every night, mine, my dog’s and my husband’s. What works for me, is to batch cook their meals too. I usually make a few meals in my slow cooker for my hubby. I bake several chicken breasts and thighs for my dog and husband to eat throughout the week. You can cook a batch of noodles (I make gluten free), some tomato sauce, meatballs and chicken, and get several meals out of it. It’s so much healthier for them to eat some home cooked foods, too. If you keep fresh fruits and veggies available to them, they will eat them. I don’t provide my family with snacks and treats I don’t approve of. If my husband wants that junk, he can get it on his own. I will not be an enabler of his bad eating habits.”
So, these are just a few of excuses I hear. If you want something badly enough, you will make it work. Don’t look at beginning the AIP as having to give up lots of foods. Instead, look at it as a tool to help you feel better and live your life to the fullest. Life is not about giving in to your basic urges all the time. Just because something feels good at the time, doesn’t mean it’s good for you. If you continue to eat foods and make lifestyle choices that are hurting you, aren’t you choosing not to enjoy your life to the fullest? I mean, I’ll take giving up ANYTHING, over living in pain every day, like I was.
Your excuses are useless. They serve no purpose at all. Take today to throw them out! No more excuses! You hold the key to your health in your hands! You are strong enough to do this! Never let anyone tell you anything different, especially yourself. I’m right here with you the entire time!
What’s your excuse? Leave your excuses in the comments. Let’s overcome and throw them away!
As always, I wish you good health…..and, good food!