I’ve been encouraging folks to eat healthier for a while now. There are so many reasons to live a more Filtered life that I could just talk about it all day…or start a blog (hehe).
But seriously my encouragement comes from a good place. I want people to feel better, avoid toxins, and give their body nourishment so they can live up to their full potential.
Even so I can pretty much guarantee that if I give someone the ol’, “you really should eat better” talk, they will object or dismiss my suggestion in one of several predictable ways.
These objections are so predictable I’ve created a handy list to address them for all those well-meaning loved ones. Here is my list of how to overcome objections to healthy eating, I hope it helps.
My diet isn’t THAT bad
I’ve noticed people tend to underestimate the toxicity of their food and overestimate the amount of actual nutrition they eat. I’ve seen people claim a limp pesticide-laden tomato on a cheeseburger as their vegetable for the day.
Basically, if your diet is more processed food than whole nutrient-dense food, then it is THAT bad.
Let me be more specific, if you drink soda, consume fake sugar, eat mainstream fast food, cook up microwavable dinners, or enjoy more processed food than fresh food, well then your diet is THAT bad.
I could go on about the data that shows how bad each one of these things are, and all the ways toxins are DESTROYING your body, but I find a little analogy works best.
Imagine you have a house and each day you open your door and allow a shady fellow to walk in and destroy some part of your precious home. Maybe this sketchy fella tears down a door one day or breaks a window on another. Perhaps they set fire to a room or rip out the wiring. Maybe some days you let the hooligan in more than once and so the damage is accelerated. And if you’re like most Americans you probably throw a full-blown house party at least once a week, allowing the equivalent of a drunken frat house to plunder your ONLY precious home.
I think I’ve made my point. This is what you are doing to your body when you ingest toxins and neglect to eat plenty of nutrient-dense food.
The kind of damage and the rate of damage may vary, but it is happening nonetheless. If you (or someone you care about) are ready to start eating better read my post A Beginners Guide to Clean Eating for tips on how to get started.
Eating healthy is too expensive
I have a ton of sympathy for people on budgets. I’m a single mom recovering from a spectacularly one-sided divorce. So I sympathize. But contrary to popular myth, it is possible to eat healthy and be on a tight budget. People do it all the time, so unless we’re talking about choosing between food and electricity kind of poverty, this is no excuse.
That said, it does take planning, and you may have to give up some indulgences. For example, you may have to swap prime cuts of meat like chicken breast, for less expensive cuts like chicken legs.
You may have to give up convenient processed foods and instead make your own.
You may have to give up antibiotic laden conventional dairy for cheaper but cleaner substitutes.
There are still plenty of budget friendly options to choose from.
I can say from experience that buying in-season fruits and vegetables is often cost effective.
Bulk grains and legumes are also good inexpensive buys.
It also helps to scout less expensive stores like Trader Joes or buy pantry staples (and supplements) online from somewhere like Vitacost. I save about 20%-50% just from buying at Vitacost and the shipping is super fast! Get $10 off with this link!
Costco also has great deals on organic products too. If you don’t have a membership you can always join a friend so you can get the great deals.
There are a ton of ways to make this work. For more tips read my post on 12 Simple Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget.
One other thing I notice is that people complaining that it’s too expensive are spending their grocery budget on empty and toxic calories. I see these folks buying foods like soda, chips, cookies, boxes of yellow dyed mac’n’cheese, cans of spaghetti, styrofoam packs of dehydrated noodles with chemical flavor pouches. How expensive are these foods when they are laced with chemicals, pesticides, preservatives, artificial flavors and devoid of nutrition?
These people are also spending money on things they want instead of buying food their bodies need.
If you have money for designer jeans, fancy sneakers, big TV’s, premium cable, expensive makeup, liquor…then you can afford to buy healthy food. You simply have to make the sacrifice and CHOOSE health over indulgences. I know it’s hard, but you are totally worth it!Saying, 'my kids don't like healthy food' reflects more on parenting than the kids. Kids eat what they are offered. Click To Tweet
My kids don’t like healthy food
I really hate this one because it reflects a whole bunch of things that are wrong here.
First since when do the kids run things?
I adore my little princess but last I checked, I’m the one doing the shopping and cooking. Of course I consider her preferences, but if it’s bad for her, I’m not buying it. End of discussion. And guess what, she’s never starved. Shocker right?!
Second, this is also an admission that your kids are eating shitty food, but alas they like this toxic crap so meh, what’s a mom or dad to do?
If a five-year-old wanted to drink Hennessey and smoke reds you wouldn’t shrug your shoulders and start poppin’ bottles. C’mon people!
I get that change is hard. But there is no excuse that justifies knowingly feeding your kids toxic food. Including this one.
It’s too much work to eat healthy
I’ll be the first to admit that eating healthy is actually a huge pain in the ass.
I drive farther just to get to the healthier markets. I bring a calculator to make sure I’m on budget. I have weekly meal plans so I don’t waste food or spend when I don’t need to. I usually pack a lunch when I go out because I’m probably not going to find healthy food where I’m at. And I cook, a lot! So. Much. Cooking.
So yes, I agree, it is a lot of extra effort to eat healthy. But here’s the thing, it’s absolutely worth the effort.
I’m eating nutrient dense food that’s going to keep me healthy. I feel good when I eat good food. I rarely get sick, even when those around me are on their death beds.
My daughter also rarely gets sick, this despite going to places with tons of kids and germs.
My child also doesn’t have any of the behavioral disorders that often accompany chemical laden diets, so she’s happy, smart, and ready to take on the world. And I avoid the guilt so many other parents secretly have. The guilt of knowing you’re aren’t doing right by your kids (at least as far as health is concerned).
So while it is a lot of extra work, I happily do it because I know I’m doing everything I can to keep my body and my child’s body healthy.
If you are a mom struggling with people judging you for trying to love healthier read my open letter When Friends and Family Make Living Healthy Difficult.
I actually struggle with this post because I know someone is going to read it and think I sound like an arrogant, self-righteous jackass. And just to clarify I’m NOT trying to make anyone feel inferior, inadequate, or like a bad parent for making less than ideal food choices. I started this blog, and I write this content because I give a shit.
I care about people. Even people I’ve never met, and I especially care about kiddos too young to have a say in their upbringing.
I’m not saying these things to be mean or make anyone feel bad. And I’ll be the first to say these food choices say nothing about a person’s character, value, or strength.
I’m simply trying to nudge people away from things that I know will make probably them suffer.
I’m trying to save kiddos from preventable illness, aches, diseases, cancer, and many more struggles.
I’m trying to help moms have kids who are healthier, calmer, and more focused.
I’m trying to prevent the catastrophic loss of a loved one due to something that could have been avoided.
I say this because I know the ache and hurt caused by these shitty lifestyle choices. I’ve lived those consequences personally. I’ve watched friends suffer needlessly. I also am now caring for a semi-disabled parent who despite my warnings kept on a path to total physical ruin.
So it’s not self-righteousness that fuels posts like these, it’s a sincere desire to light a fire under your ass and help you be your vibrant, beautiful HEALTHY self.
Until next time lovely families!
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