I often hear someone says: “I want to go plant-based, but….”
Usually, that “but” would be something that can be dealt with only if “someone” had a strong motive to change their lifestyle. So what hides behind the excuses?
Here are the five most common reasons why people hesitate to make significant lifestyle changes. These are my observations from my coaching sessions and life in general.
1. The person does not have a clear motive why the lifestyle change is necessary for them. For example, someone who shifts to a plant-based diet or vegan lifestyle usually would be motivated by genuine love and empathy for the animals, understanding of the environmental issues, or personal health problems.
2. The person thinks they have these motives, but they unaware of the statistics that would support their transition, as they rely on their spouses, bloggers on social media or friends at the gym for information about the latest health and wellness trends.
3. The lack of education on the subjects makes the person sensitive to any negative comments about veganism or plant-based eating for health. A good example is when one person struggles to make changes in their diet because their significant other has a biased opinion about “grass eaters” and an enormous love for steak.
4. The person is aware of their health issues and the incredible health benefits of plant-based diets. Still, the lack of outside support pushes them further from the idea of change, encouraging toxic relationships with food and themselves.
5. The person feels guilty to change, as it might affect their relationship with particular people in events when food is involved—for example, saying “no” to a cheeseburger on a night out with friends or avoiding roasted pig at the family house. People often don’t like to feel like outsiders and prefer to stay quiet about their real intentions and desires.
As you see, all these reasons include other people, as by nature we are social creatures and a lot of our decisions can be influenced by others. For that reason, you might notice that someone you know is being distant, and it might feel like their being selfish, but it takes a lot of courage and determination to build new habits and a lifestyle. That’s why working with a plant-based holistic nutritional therapist can help anyone who is struggling to make a significant change!
Finding a safe space and support group is crucial for someone who is looking for ways to improve their lifestyle and eating habits. A holistic nutritionist can help set new goals, provide evidence-based information and guidelines, while paying thorough attention to one’s physical and emotional well-being. There’s no shame in getting some guidelines and support of a professional to make the transition to a plant-based diet more enjoyable and effective.