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5 beliefs holding people back from living their best selves

This guest blog post is by Kristen Johnson Brogan, a registered dietitian and professional speaker for her family-owned health and performance company, On Target Living. You can learn more about her by visiting her website.

Editor’s Note: As part of the newly launched Healthy by Association, we will be writing about health, especially as it applies to learning, networking and knowledge transfer.

1. Time

How often do you hear people say, “If only I could find more time”? But, you can’t find time. It doesn’t live under the bed or in the closet. You have to create time and remember that you own your time—no one else can give it to you. So take time to invest in you. After all, if you don’t take time to invest in your health, how can you invest in your future? Without a body, where are you going to live? How will you be successful?

2. No fun. Boring. Flavorless.

I 100 percent agree that “dieting” is boring! The word dieting implies that you are restricting something for health reasons and no one wants to live a life of restriction. The bottom line is that food restriction of any kind doesn’t work for people long term. Whatever behavior or plan you choose, it has to be something you can maintain long-term. The key to long-term health and happiness is building a lifestyle where you don’t have to give anything up and nothing is off limits — you just have to make everything better and upgrade the quality of your food and beverage choices.

3. Too expensive

I am here to tell you that it is not too expensive to eat healthy – it’s too expensive to get sick. Food is an investment. Imagine what high-quality food can do for your health and performance? It’s not about what you are spending on healthier foods; it’s about how effective it is at giving you the results you want and allowing you to experience a better life. Over the course of a year, $1.50/day more for eating a healthy diet would increase food costs for one person by about $550 per year. This price difference is very small in comparison to the economic costs of diet-related chronic diseases, which would be dramatically reduced by healthy diets.

4. Too complicated

With all the information out there it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to living healthier. We know diets don’t work, which is why there is always a new diet on the market. It’s about learning how to use intuitive thinking and common sense to make choices vs. relying on facts, data and science. Examples: Do you really think we get energy from an energy drink? No, that’s silly. We get energy from the sun, healthy food, daily movement and sleep. Is adding butter to your coffee really the magic formula for better metabolism? Definitely not! Start to eat more mindfully, pay attention on purpose, read the ingredients and be aware of how much and how often you indulge.  It’s important to eat in a way that makes you feel healthy and happy.

5. I want it now!

Sorry to tell you but short cuts don’t work. If you went to your financial adviser looking to create more wealth for yourself, do you think they would tell you to go to Vegas and win big and win fast? No, building wealth takes time. Similarly, do we really want to indulge in that stale donut at the office when we could wait for something so much more rewarding and way more worth it come Sunday morning? Instant gratification does not lead to long-term happiness. When it comes to a healthy lifestyle, don’t rush the process. Start to build your healthy lifestyle by taking small steps and forming habits

Now that you have some tips for living your best self and reaching your true potential, I wanted to leave you with one big piece of advice: “It’s not what you know; it’s what you do.”

We are all guilty of this. We tend to always know the answers and what our best interests are even though we don’t always practice them. Knowing is one thing, but doing is another. The biggest tip of all is to understand that you may not actually know everything. When we stop learning, we stop growing. Continue to go into the world with an open mind, be curious, be interested, ask questions, listen and continue to learn from others. You can always learn something new in every situation. Be mindful and aware of these opportunities and soak it all in.

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