“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost
As most of us know by experience, however, taking the less-traveled road isn’t easy. Whenever you start something new, such as a new habit or learning a new skill, it’s a good idea to figure out WHY you are doing it.
Your WHY is important because when the rubber meets the road – when things get difficult, and they will – you’re going to need to remind yourself of this. Honestly, you’ll probably need to do so over and over and over again. At least that’s been my experience. 😉
Creating new habits is not easy but it’s easier when you have a clear and solid WHY; and when you remind yourself of that WHY frequently.
Clearer over time
For example, when I started changing my diet 13 years ago, it was hard, especially at first, but it has gotten much easier over time. With each passing year it gets easier and easier as my lifestyle and habits have changed to incorporate our Real Food diet.
I will admit that it still poses some challenges at times, but much less so because my WHY has gotten clearer and more concrete over the years.
Initially, I started eating differently (taking the less-traveled road) because I felt so horribly and I was desperate to feel good. I did not want to be sick in bed all day like I was several days of the week at that time. I wanted energy to take care of myself and my family.
When I changed how and what I ate, I felt better. Yes, it’s been hard throughout the years to pass up foods I liked but didn’t make me feel good and to spend time cooking when I wanted to be doing other things, but in the long run, it’s definitely been worth it.
The reason why I am able to do what I am doing now is because I was willing to make difficult changes in my life in order to feel good. (Otherwise, I know that I would be laying on the couch or in bed right now because that is where I spent a lot of my time back then.)
It’s taken time but I’ve learned throughout the years and when I eat this or that, I feel good; and conversely, when I eat that or this, I don’t feel good.
So “feeling good” was and remains a large portion of my WHY.
I eat this way, taking the extra time for cooking and preparations, to feel as good as possible. And most days I feel really good!
It’s really that simple.
Honestly, it may seem easier initially to buy and eat processed and packaged meals. Life gets busy and there are millions of things vying for our time and attention.
So WHY would we do something that is the more challenging option?
That question must be answered individually because it will be different for all of us. Yet it’s an extremely important question to ask and with which to have a firm answer so you can go back to it as often as you need.
Especially to those that join our Farm Share program, or even just purchase our local food on occasion from our Farm Stand or Farm Store, it would be wise to ask yourselves the following questions:
- WHY do you care about what you eat?
- WHY is it important to you?
- WHAT are you hoping to achieve by eating fresh, local foods?
If you have already signed up, don’t forget your reasons for signing up!
Based on our research of our Shareholders this past winter, we found some commonalities in their WHY. You might share these WHY’s as well.
- They want fresh food, grown without toxic chemicals
- They want to be able to trust that their food is better
- They want to know where their food comes from, to be able to know and trust the people who are raising it
- They want the peace of mind and conscience that comes from knowing what they are eating
- They know of and want the health benefits that come from eating local food
- They want to secure their food sources
- They want the great nutrition, not to mention flavor, that comes from eating local, fresh food.
Maybe some of these WHY’s are similar to yours, yet, as mentioned, everyone’s WHY is going to be different.
There’s a lot of reasons to start getting in the kitchen more and cooking for ourselves and our families. There are a myriad of reasons to eat more locally grown and seasonal foods. Find yours and it’s like fuel to drive your desires and intentions.
Review to Remember
When you get really clear on your WHY, write it down! It may change and adjust from time to time as your habits and patterns change, so you may need to update it at some point, but it will be a great starting point. Post it on your fridge or on your bathroom mirror or some place that you’ll see it often so you can remember your WHY.
Again, knowing and frequently reminding yourself of your WHY will propel you through the difficulties of trying to eat better. Your WHY will help you stay the course as you are faced with situations to bend or buckle, and it will help you get right back up on the horse when you fall off.