When It Comes To Your Health, Are You A Just Window Shopper?
We have all been there before. You are out and about, doing a little window shopping. Just when you are about to congratulate yourself on not making any impulsive purchases, you get a glimpse of that perfect dress, bag or pair of shoes. Like a kid in a candy store, you come closer to the window and begin to drool. You can imagine yourself rocking the hell out of that item, what you would wear it with, where you would go, and how you would style your hair. But it’s way out of your price range, or maybe it’s just a little out of your comfort zone, so you decide to continue walking. The only problem is this; every time you pass this window, your heart drops. So you decide to finally walk into the store…
When you get inside, everything is even more beautiful than what it looked like from the outside--bright colors, elegant fabrics and impeccable style. You are in fashion heaven! Giddy as can be, you walk around to store to browse. You find a few items that you are absolutely in love with, but you decide not to get them and leave the store. You rationalize this decision by concluding that the items that you picked out are not really your current style. “Maybe next time”, you say to yourself and out the door you go.
You finally make it back home and plop down on your couch to relax. As you curl up with a blanket and reruns of your favorite reality TV show, you can’t help but think about the store you went into today. From the cheerful greeter, to the fabrics, the lighting, and even the smells, it was intoxicating. While it was a great experience to go in and see all that was for sale, you could kick yourself for not buying anything. “What were you thinking!?” you ask yourself. And after a few minutes of remorse, you can list several reasons why you didn’t make a purchase- the initial cost seemed too high, you were afraid to step outside of your comfort zone, and you were afraid it didn’t go with anything else in your closet.
How many of us are window shopping with our health?
How many of us believe it’s too expensive to eat healthy? Or avoid changing our diets because we refuse to eat foods we have never heard of or eaten before like quinoa or hemp seeds? And how could we ever survive a family gathering if we ever go vegan?
The moral of the story is this: there are times in life where it’s not good enough to just browse around, pretending to be a part of a scene and taking up space. If you really want to be a part of the lifestyle and make a change, you are going to have to make a purchase.
Here are a few tips to avoid the fear of staying a window shopper when it comes to your health:
Fear #1: It’s Too Expensive.
One of the first things I do when I go into a clothing store is make a B line for the sales rack in the back. Even if the store is a little pricey, you can usually find a deal to at least get you into the brand. The same is true for switching to a healthier diet. It’s okay to start with small changes and build yourself up to the full-price adjustments when you are ready. That’s exactly what my health coaching services are all about: taking small steps at a time to create a larger change in your life. Also, you may want to look for frequent shopper rewards. Did you purchase a detox? Check to see if you can earn 10% off a cooking class. The more you frequent a health food store or health coach, chances are there are a few perks to keep you coming back. All you have to do is ask.
Fear #2: It’s Out of My Comfort Zone. I totally get it. It’s completely hard to eat, let alone cook, something that you have never even heard of before. But it does get easier. Just like learning anything new, you have to put it into practice before you really start to see any results. Imagine a youngster’s first time riding a bike with the training wheels off. They wobble, and might even fall over a few times, but they always seem to get back up and try again. The same is true for you and your diet. If you know something is good for you, try it. You never really know how good it can actually taste until you do just that- TASTE IT. Your first Meatless Monday might be a disaster, but as long as you keep trying, and ask for support when you need it, you will be popping wheelies before you know it.
Fear #3: It Doesn’t Fit Into My Lifestyle
Look, at first, people may look at you funny for trying something new. You know what I say to that? So what! Let them look. Most of them are not looking because you look crazy, they are looking because they are window shopping themselves. They see the beginning stages of the changes you are making and it looks appealing to them too, but they are convincing themselves that it’s too hard for them to do. The truth is, choosing to eat whole food, in itself, is a very hard task for most Americans. Why? Because many of us were raised on processed junk: Frosted Flakes, Hot Pockets, and Sloppy Joe's. It’s going to take effort (it won’t be the hardest thing you will ever do, but it certainly won’t be the easiest) to change your diet, and subsequently, your lifestyle. But it is possible.
The best part of eating holistically is that once others start to see a change in you (clearer skin, more energy, a slimmer body) they will definitely start to take notice. You will be asked questions all the time on what you are eating, what beauty products you are using, and how you are controlling your weight. The best line to tell them is this- “I quit window shopping”!
The purpose of Urban Food Snob is to make the transition in your eating habits a reality, and move you from window shopper to a full-fledged frequent shopper. If you are interested in learning more about the services that Courtney Camacho offers, please check out www.urbanfoodsnob.com for more information on health coaching, detoxes and cooking classes. You can also follow her on social media: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.