3 Reasons Why You Struggle To Stick To Your Plant Based Diet

Overweight AmaIf you’re like I was before 2007 you know you need to eat better. I was trying to lose weight and worried about my health. I struggled for years to make a change.

I tried all types of diets and quick fixes but nothing worked for long. I couldn’t figure out why what I was doing wasn’t working. Somehow I always ended up letting stress, depression, anxiety and fear of failure derail my efforts. My cravings and emotional eating seem to take control and I’d find myself justifying the sugar and junk food.

Does any of that sound familiar? Have you struggled too?

Here's my story of how I went from overweight vegetarian wanna-be to putting and end to my tug-of-war struggle. I'll also share the Three reasons why we fail at making long-term lifestyle changes below this video.

Three reasons why we fail at making long-term lifestyle changes:

Reason #1 - Change is hard. Real hard. 

Very few people can make significant change on their own. Simply deciding you’re going to do it isn’t enough for most of us.

We all have emotional, psychological and addiction issues that subconsciously influence us. You’re probably not even aware of how much they control you and the choices you make.

Reason #2 - We live in a society that’s set up to insure you’ll fail.

All around you are motivators for keeping with the meat-eating status quo. Television, radio, restaurants, your friends and family, even the medical system and those who you should be able to trust are pointing in the wrong direction.

Change can feel like you are swimming upstream against the current.

Reason #3 - No one can do this for you.

There are lots of diet plans, and cookie cutter programs out there. You spend hundreds of dollars on detox systems, or meal plans, or retreats that give you no more than short-term benefits at most. You do great for a while, then you’re back where you started. You’re feeling depressed and like a failure because you’re battling the same old problems all over again.

Why is this? It’s because the solution you tried didn’t show you how to deal with the reasons that got you into trouble in the first place.

You still have the same emotional, psychological and addiction issues.

You're still confronted with the non-vegan world and all its triggers.

You’re left feeling discouraged because you don’t see the change you want and need.

You’re a unique person and you need a unique system to insure your success. What you really need is a solution that will help you create that system for yourself.

Does this resonate with you? If so stay tuned. Tomorrow I’ll share with you three common assumptions people have about a vegan lifestyle, and why they are wrong. We'll also uncover the mistakes people make when trying to make diet changes that lead to trouble and how you can avoid them. We'll share  our formula for staying consistent and making lifelong changes that is tailor-made just for you. You can learn how to cope with emotional eating and develop sustainable eating practices as a way of life for yourself and for your family. You can learn how to prepare meals that are delicious and filling and good for your mind, body and spirit.

For now I want to know more about you.

What in your life do you want to see disappear? What is your motivation for change? Share it in the comments below.

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Ama Opare
Lifestyle Coach, CEO at Opare Institute
Supporting you by bringing you flavorful and satisfying vegan and raw vegan recipes, inspiration and online training and one-on-one coaching to help LOVE YOUR VEGAN LIFE! I am an educator and revolutionary who has teamed up with my physician/dietitian husband, Nana Kwaku Opare, MD, MPH, CA, to address the growing health problems in the Afrikan/Black community by building a Nation of Black Vegetarians and Vegans.