I’m not gonna lie. Every time I talk about eating healthy food or waking up early to workout on my blog or in one of my emails, I can pretty much hear a collective “groan” all across the internet.
“Getting Healthy” does not have a positive ring to it for many people. In fact, the thought of diving into a healthy lifestyle is full of so much dread and negativity, and I’ve really been trying to figure out why that’s the case.
After months of getting questions and comments from so many of my amazing readers, I figured it out! There are so many myths about getting healthy that you really truly believe. And they’re just not true!
So let’s talk about these myths so you can start feeling a little more hopeful and positive about the idea of getting healthy.
Myth #1 You have to shop at special health food stores.
Feel like you have to shop at super expensive health food stores in order to buy specialty items for healthy recipes? It seems like that is the case doesn’t it?
I want to let you in on a little secret. In the last year, I have only had to go to a health food store once. I do all my shopping at my big-chain grocery store. Surprising to most people, you don’t have to eat strange outlandish ingredients to be healthy. Fruits, veggies, quality protein, and whole grains. Those are all things you can get at any grocery store without paying an arm and a leg.
Myth #2 You have to make different meals from what your family eats.
Ha! Ain’t nobody got time for that nonsense!
There are plenty of home-style comfort-type foods that can easily be converted to healthy meals. I have a family just like you, and they do not want to eat salad and zucchini noodles every single night. The truth is, I think I’d go crazy if I didn’t get some of that comfort food too! So that’s what I make. I just healthify it, and they can’t even tell the difference.
As a busy mom, I have time to make one dinner each night, and that is it. There has never been an instance where anyone in my family has complained or asked me to make something else.
Myth #3 You have to spend one day a week prepping your meals.
Again, this comes down to time. You work. You get a couple days off work to spend with your family, rest, and do the things you want to do. I highly doubt meal-prep is one of those things you want to do with your day off.
Honestly, I hear about busy moms spending half their Sunday in the kitchen just prepping for the upcoming week, and I just shake my head. Sure it works for some people, but I would go absolutely crazy if I had to spend one of my precious days off cooking.
Yet somehow, I’m still able to make all my meals happen with very little time during the weeks. Maybe that means getting your kids to help you get all the ingredients out. Or you getting up 15 minutes earlier to throw everything in the crock pot or chop your veggies. That’s way better than spending your day off on meal prep if you ask me.
Myth #4 You have to endure being hungry throughout the day.
Woah girl! Absolutely not.
Do you know what a hollow grumbly tummy is telling you? It’s telling you that you need more fuel, and you should never ignore those signals. Once you get in the habit of ignoring hunger signals, your body stops trusting you and stops working properly. What I mean by that is a slower metabolism, and you know you don’t want that.
So, no, I never suggest that anyone endures periods of hunger for the sake of their health.
hungry belly = food in belly = happy mama
Myth #5 You can’t eat the foods you want to eat.
Wanna get healthy? Say goodbye to the ice cream, chocolate. and cookies, right??
Would you be surprised if I told you that I eat at least one piece of chocolate and a cookie every day? What about ice cream whenever I’m craving it? Yes, that totally happens too.
It all comes down to balance and not restricting your favorite foods. Restriction leads to bingeing and over-eating. I’m sure you know what I mean. As soon as you tell yourself you can’t have a certain food, you just can’t stop thinking about it and often end up eating it in hoards.
You’d be surprised what happens when you finally tell yourself you can have that food. (HINT: over time you’ll hardly even think about it!)
Myth #6 You have to workout every day for at least an hour at a time.
Oh yeah, that’s another thing I don’t have time for. At least not every single day. Some days are 1 hour workouts. Some days are 20 minutes. Some days I’m lucky to get my dog out for a quick walk. Some days are rest days.
Do I automatically become unhealthy on those days I was only able to get in a walk? Nope! It’s about an overall lifestyle, and the average mama does not have time for an hour workout every single day.
Myth #7 That it’s super time-consuming.
I think you’re starting to see that I’m all about a healthy lifestyle NOT taking up all of your time. We’re busy. We have lots of things we want to do. Exercise and worrying about what to eat are not those things.
It’s totally possible to eat healthy foods, live an active life, have a ton of energy, and feel totally confident in your skin without spending all your time working on it.