Why Eating Healthy Is So Hard

Aaron Pace
An Idea (by Ingenious Piece)
6 min readApr 23, 2021

--

Photo by Owen Beard on Unsplash

My wife works as a health coach. She became interested in taking control of her health after a cancer diagnosis, surgery, and treatment. She’s an amazingly disciplined person. When she puts her mind to something she is 100% committed to it.

This will sound odd, but it was hard for me to watch her get healthy. She went on a strict (but healthy) diet and she lost a lot of weight fast.

So much of our life — up to that point — revolved around food. It was our primary social outlet: going to dinner with friends. It’s also what we did for most of our dates: dinner and a movie.

When my wife decided to become a certified health coach, I became her second client. I knew I needed to lose some weight just so it wouldn’t be so hard to tie my shoes. I’ve been a runner since 2013, but I was gaining weight in spite of all the running. I could still run, but had gained 40lbs.

I lost the weight, but for me, it was nothing more than a diet. For her, it was something entirely different.

Fast forward 3.5 years. I joke with my kids that I’ve lost the same 10lbs 30 times. Unfortunately, I’ve gained them back 32 times. Of course, we’re humans and we gain and lose a little weight all the time. It’s the 20lb swings that aren’t healthy.

Why is eating healthy so hard?

--

--

Aaron Pace
An Idea (by Ingenious Piece)

Married to my best friend. Father to five exuberant children. Fledgling entrepreneur. Writer. Software developer. Inventory management expert.