You know what’s really annoying? Healthy living. Yep, I said it. It’s a huge challenge, a huge expense, a huge time spender and filled with pitfalls and unanswered questions. It’s frustrating to feel sick and go to doctors of all kinds to try and find answers only to be given vague ideas or get the same (wrong) diagnosis each time. It’s frustrating to see the grocery bill each week. It’s frustrating to spend so much time making healthy meals when not so healthy ones take minutes. It’s frustrating to spend hours exercising when you could spend those hours with family, friends or at work. It’s annoying to have to be constantly thinking about the choices you’re making and what you’re doing wrong. It’s annoying to feel guilty when you cheat or are lazy or don’t follow through on goals and plans. So why do we bother with all of it anyway?
We bother because there are people worth living for and if we’re not healthy we won’t live long with them. We bother because we like to feel better rather than crappy and have learned that being healthy means we feel better. We bother because it’s easier to get things done when you’re in shape rather than depending on others for more things than necessary or appropriate. We bother because we like how we look when we’re healthier. We bother because healthy living has been known to resolve tons of health issues.
The good news is that there are ways to save money, and it does get easier when it becomes habit (and a good one at that). There are lots of community programs that you can get involved in to save money on healthy foods, and lots of stores and businesses are recognizing the desire to eat and live healthier and be budget conscious. After making healthy choices consistently for a few months if you take more than a day off (or even that) you’ll notice and probably miss it. Making healthy choices is one of the most obvious and best things you can do to have a better life. You’re more likely to get the job, get the great significant other, raise great kids, do amazing things with your life, accomplish your goals, and make a difference in the world. At the end of the day I’d have to say it’s worth the annoyance and effort that it takes. What do you find most rewarding about healthy living?