All that time spent in a bathing suit at the beach in summer reminds us why it’s important to enjoy a healthy diet. But the truth is, too often we focus on looks as the sole reason to eat healthy. Looking great is just the proverbial icing on the cake.What’s your why for enjoying a healthy diet? Determining your true motivation for why you want to be healthy adds feeling and emotion to your goal, making it easier to achieve. Most people are not motivated my numbers on a scale, but they can picture themselves having more energy and feeling great.

There’s never been a better time than now to be healthy. Here are just a few very important reasons to be healthy:

  • Increased energy to do what you love
  • A sense of balance and awareness with your life
  • Ability to choose what you eat, instead of being controlled by cravings
  • Feeling more comfortable in your own skin
  • Serving as an example to others
  • Living longer and with more joy
  • Lower risk of disease

Focusing solely on your weight will leave you always bouncing on the scale and analyzing the results with your calculator. How boring, right? Health is so much more than a number! At the Get Real Plan, we believe that counting calories is more a method of control over food rather than true balance. It’s just another way to fit food into the “numbers game”, but when we do that, we miss the bigger picture. Food is your fuel, not a mathematical equation. Food nourishes you on a very deep level and goes far beyond a point, an ounce, a calorie or a fat gram. Learning to listen to your body and discover what truly nourishes you is the key to healthy eating. Freeing yourself from the endless cycle of nutritional number crunching, willpower and deprivation is the way to truly balanced eating. And once you get there, you’ll never look back.  If you’re a calorie counter and scale stepper, imagine for a moment what it would be like to completely relinquish those activities and be able to trust yourself. When you learn to listen to your body, you will learn naturally how to choose food based on the amount of energy and nourishment it will provide you. It’s a whole new way of eating and living…and it feels great!

Start with determining your own Why and let that serve as the foundation to help you reach your goal. It’s so much more fun, and meaningful, than dieting! Feel free to leave a comment and Post your “Why” below!

Donna Lee Humble is a Holistic Health Practitioner focuses on the body-mind, emotions and spiritual approach to life. She specializes in bioenergetic testing and emotional release techniques to address the body as a whole and help achieve optimal health.

Holistic Health Practitioner, Spiritual Teacher, Wellness Coach and Creator of the Higher Self Care Series.