February 5, 2020

Note: this post has been updated in December 2022.

Find Your Why 

Find your "why" isn't always easy, but it's essential to getting the results that you want. Knowing your why can provide the motivation and vision needed to make sustainable lifestyle changes and help you stay on track with your goals.

To find Your Why is one of the most important things we need to do when we set goals to make changes in our lives. It is essential to have a clear understanding of why this is occurring. Some people make resolutions at the start of the New Year but often don’t stick to their decision for very long. Most often, this is because they hadn’t thought about why they wanted to make a change in the first place. You must determine your Why and look at the reasons that you want to make a change or, in this case, start a Plant-Based Diet.

You can’t set goals for yourself until you know Why you need to achieve this new goal. How long will it take you to get there? Do you have a plan for how you will accomplish it? These are all questions to ask yourself before starting.

You apply. the same process you should take when starting a plant-based lifestyle. Why have you decided to change your way of eating? Do you want to lose weight, get healthy, or create a career in nutrition? It would help if you had an apparent reason and understood Your Why. Suppose you do not find Your Why you most likely will not be successful in making the change.

For example, someone wanting to lose weight will say it is to lose the 10 lbs they put on since graduating college. Or so they will fit into their clothes and improve their appearance. Someone who loves animals and feels guilty eating meat or wearing clothing made with fur can tell you why they made their choice. Whatever your reason for deciding to start a plant-based diet, make sure you know Why you’re doing it. Going vegan has a lot of health benefits, and you can find out about those benefits.

Doctor's Advice To Find Your Why

Once You Know Your Why - Stick With It

The video above is Dr. Sardana from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She explains why many people fail to stick with their decisions because they do not have clear goals in place ahead of time. If you do not know your "Why" your chances of having success are not good. You will not stick with it if you are not passionate about your reason Why. You might want to view the health crisis in America and the obesity epidemic to help reinforce your Why.

Almost 20 years ago, two well-known alcoholism researchers, Carlo C. DiClemente and J. O. Prochaska, introduced a six-stage model of change to help professionals understand their clients with addiction problems and motivate them to change. Their model is not based on abstract theories but on their observations of how people went about modifying problem behaviors such as smoking, overeating, and problem drinking.

The TTM model indicates that individuals move through six stages of change: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, and termination. The details of the stages are listed below.

The TTM model of change

  1. Precontemplation ("not ready") – "People are not intending to take action in the foreseeable future, and can be unaware that their behavior is problematic"
  2. Contemplation ("getting ready") – "People are beginning to recognize that their behavior is problematic, and start to look at the pros and cons of their continued actions"
  3. Preparation ("ready") – "People are intending to take action in the immediate future, and may begin taking small steps toward behavior change"
  4. Action – "People have made specific overt modifications in modifying their problem behavior or in acquiring new healthy behaviors"
  5. Maintenance – "People have been able to sustain action for at least six months and are working to prevent relapse"
  6. Termination – "Individuals have zero temptation and they are sure they will not return to their old unhealthy habit as a way of coping”

At the beginning of self-discovery you are most likely in the Contemplation or Preparation stage. Below are some questions to ask yourself for determining your “why”:

  1. Have you outlined a plan to reach your goal?
  2. How will you feel when you accomplish it?
  3. Will you feel bad if you give up?
  4. Which feeling do you like better?
  5. Will accomplishing your goal make you feel good about your decision?

What plans do you have for when you reach your goal?

Are you going to have a celebration? You should have something to mark your success that you can look back on later. If not, start making big plans now, so you have that incentive for when you reach your weight loss goal.

Will losing weight make you healthy? If you are overweight and take medications, it may be possible to take less of it as your weight decreases. You may need to buy a new wardrobe because your clothes will not fit anymore, you will have to buy smaller ones.

If you are trying to be healthier, you could start shopping at a local farmer's market, buying high-quality farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, rice, oats, and beans. You could treat yourself to a new high-speed blender for making fruit smoothies and homemade soups.

No matter what your goal is, whether it is to lose a few pounds or start training for a marathon, you will never achieve the success you want if you don't find your Why. You have to have a plan to make it happen. Let's get started on your journey!

Start Your Journey to Health

Once you have your "why" determined it is time to start your journal to health.  A first step and it is free, join the Physicians Committee's 21-Day Vegan Kickstart to receive meal plans, recipes, and advice from nutrition experts. This service is free and will help you take control of your health with a vegan diet

The 21-Day Vegan Kickstart is supported by decades of research showing that a plant-based diet can help you reach a healthy weight and lower your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Our low-fat plant-based recipes, developed by chefs, dietitians, and experts in vegan cuisine, provide nutritious meals that are both healthy and delicious. Within 21 days you will start to see results and won’t look back! via - 21-Day Vegan Kickstart

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