Why are we still overweight, sick and stressed out?

Why are we still overweight, sick and stressed out?

Motivation is tricky to understand, perhaps in no area more so than in matters of personal health. As a health editor, and especially as a parent, I like to think that I’m providing people (my kids) with the right information to help them make healthy, well-informed choices, and that those educating moments will add up either now or somewhere down the line.

Lately, I’ve been reading the work of Brene Brown, PhD, and came across this: “We are the most obese, medicated, addicted, and in-debt Americans ever. Why? We have access to information, more books, and more good science—why are we struggling like never before?”

The passage hit a nerve with me because I know she’s right. Despite our best efforts, nearly one out of five children in the U.S. are already obese. Brown’s work points to deep undercurrents of dissatisfaction and feelings of personal unworthiness that hamper our intentions to make consistent, good-enough decisions leading to lasting well-being. But as far as I can tell, there are thousands of mundane reasons, too: kids' really really like processed carbs by nature, meetings go late and you don't have an hour to cook, and frankly cappuccino ice cream tastes good!

On the other hand, determined change is absolutely possible. Delicious Living’s community is also filled with countless stories of feeling great after making a dietary overhaul or overcoming illness with the support of the natural health community.

Still, the statement made me wonder: How can Delicious Living help differently? How can independent natural products stores help? As Brown points out, you’ve got to know what gets in the way first. I would love to hear from you: What gets in the way most? What are the biggest roadblocks to sticking with healthier habits?

Here are some of mine: All-or-nothing thinking (We must cut out ALL wheat versus It’s a good idea to vary our grain intake or consider eating a little less). Not setting aside time to plan menus on the weekend because I want to unwind from a stressful week (which could have been made easier by planning meals). Too many details, not enough big picture: I’m simply overwhelmed by sheer volume of information and make erratic decisions based on what I happened to read this week.

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