She took a lot of flack for saying this, but Kate Moss was onto something when she observed that “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”
I would revise this to say that “Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels”.
Healthy feels satisfying. Healthy feels vibrant. Healthy feels inspiring.
Rather than making health some abstract concept, link it to a feeling. How do you want to feel each and every day? Then, choose behaviors that support that feeling. Danielle LaPorte does a great job of describing this exercise in her book, The Desire Map. I’d highly encourage you to check it out.
It’s not just about what you do, but why you do what you do. Rather than asking, “Should I eat this?”, ask “How will eating this make me feel? And is that consistent with how I want to show up in the world?” Isn’t that such a better reframe?
Health can be some amorphous, future thing that you’re striving for. Or it can be a concrete, heart-centered reality in the here-and-now. You get to choose.
Choosing healthy means choosing delight. Choosing healthy means choosing appreciation. Choosing healthy means choosing vitality...or whatever else you’re after!
Your choice, your feeling, your reality. Pick wisely.