I was invited to be a guest speaker recently in a yoga class, and one of the questions I was asked is: How do you stay motivated?
In the moment, I went immediately to pain. I don’t want to be in pain, and eating a whole food, plant based diet alleviates that for me – along with exercise, strength training, meditation, good family/friend relationships, and a great stress management plan.
But, buried underneath all that stuff, the truth is, I don’t have health insurance.
I can’t go to the doctor because I can’t afford to. Unless it’s literally life or death, seeing a doctor regularly for my autoimmunity would bankrupt me all over again. (FYI – it’s really expensive to have a long-term illness in America in the 21st century.)
I stay motivated because I can not afford the alternative.
When it got to the point I was in too much pain to work full time, leaving my career as a teacher also meant giving up my health insurance.
It was an asinine choice to have to make in this day and age, but it is the reality I live with.
Having no health insurance makes taking care of my health my top priority.
So, that’s what motivates me every single day to keep making the healthiest choices I know how to in any given moment, and to take those choices seriously.
Eat as if you don’t have health insurance and I guarantee your diet will overhaul itself in no time.
How’s that for motivation?
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