Unveiling the Roadblocks to Optimal Health: 7 Common Reasons Why People Struggle

How many times have you declared you are going to start eating better, exercise more, and stress less?  You declare you are going to get healthy but find yourself feeling frustrated by setbacks on your journey for better health? 

You’re not alone! 

Despite the best intentions, many find themselves unable to sustain the momentum needed to achieve their health goals. 

In this article, we explore 7 common reasons why people fail to reach their best health and how awareness and proactive strategies can help overcome these obstacles.

Let’s jump in. 

1. Health Takes A Back Seat When Allocating Time

One of the fundamental reasons for failure lies in the lack of understanding that you must make time for health-related activities such as cooking at home, walking, managing stress, sleeping, etc. Making time for your good health should be a top priority, but all too often it takes a back seat to all the other items on our “to do” lists . Work, family, and other commitments are given a higher priority than taking steps for better health.  But, without your health, none of those other things matter.  To avoid setbacks and failure, you need to be ready to make your health a non-negotiable item on your “to do” list and allocate the appropriate time needed. That’s one of the keys to success.

2. Becoming Overwhelmed

It is easy to jump in with full excitement and take on too many changes too fast.  Remember, getting to better health is a marathon, not a sprint.  Sometimes if you jump in and try to start everything at once, you get overwhelmed. The magnitude of it all feels outsized. You get discouraged and abandon your goals altogether. You need to understand that small changes, done consistently over time, will add up.  Understanding this will help you to stay committed and avoid unneeded struggle. 

3. Not Planning for Distractions

Life is unpredictable. Emergencies or unexpected events can throw even the best-laid plans off course. Failing to anticipate and plan for such distractions can sabotage your progress. By incorporating flexibility into your health plan and preparing contingency strategies, you can navigate distractions without derailing your journey. For example, you have to stay longer at work than expected and you get home late. You don’t have time to cook. No worries, you have planned for such an emergency and have a frozen helping of lentil soup in the freezer ready to go. So, no stress and no big deal. 

4. Lack Of Supporting Tribe And Celebrations

Positive reinforcement is essential for maintaining motivation and momentum. If you fail to celebrate when you reach a goal or receive the support you desire from a family member, you can get frustrated. Celebrating milestones, no matter how small, and surrounding yourself with a supportive community of family and friends can provide the encouragement needed to stay on track. So, celebrate and surround yourself with those supporting tribe members. 

5. Not Having A Personalized Plan To Fit Your Lifestyle

Achieving optimal health is not a one-time accomplishment achieved over 3 months. It’s an ongoing commitment for your life. If you fail to recognize the need to create a personalized health plan that works with your lifestyle and likes, then it’s likely you will not keep up the effort required for maintenance and revert to old habits once initial goals are achieved. You will be right back where you started. Creating a personalized nutrition plan that works with your lifestyle, understanding the importance of consistency, and developing sustainable habits that work for your lifestyle are crucial for long-term success.

6. Lack Of Knowledge

Navigating the sea of conflicting information about nutrition can leave you confused, and unsure about the best dietary approach. You may even turn to “Google” for help, but then you leave there even more confused, having lost hours, weeks or even months of time.  Without the right knowledge and proper guidance, you may throw your arms up in the air in frustration and just give up. 

This is where the guidance of a nutrition counselor can be invaluable.

A nutrition counselor can provide evidence-based guidance tailored to individual preferences, health goals, and medical history. By educating clients about balanced nutrition and debunking common myths, a nutrition counselor empowers individuals to make informed choices that support their health and well-being.  It’s a one-time investment that pays dividends for life. 

7. Culinary Inexperience With New Foods

Transitioning to a healthier diet often involves exploring new foods and cooking methods. This may leave you feeling intimidated by unfamiliar ingredients or unsure about how to prepare them. Investing in cooking classes, experimenting with recipes, and seeking expert guidance can empower you to expand your culinary repertoire and enjoy a diverse range of nutritious meals.  Once you understand some basics, you will find this cooking super easy and delicious. 


Achieving your optimal health requires more of you than just good intentions. It demands awareness, commitment, and proactive strategies to overcome common roadblocks and frustration. 

By recognizing these 7 challenges and taking steps to address them, you can improve your odds of achieving your health goals. 

We all want to feel better, have more energy, and live better longer.  First step is to decide. Second step is to take action.  

With determination, perseverance, and the right support team, you can achieve your best health and thrive. 

Cheers to your long and healthy life! 


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Yetta Blair, CFNC, CHCC

Yetta is a certified functional nutrition practitioner, holistic cancer coach and speaker. She studied whole-food, plant-based nutrition with T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. She is a food driven analyst and works with clients to help them use nutrition principles to solve the root causes of their health symptoms. She knows that functional nutrition is the answer to our current healthcare crisis, both for individuals and for society at large, and wants to inform as many people as she can of the power of food to heal. Her promise to clients - if you eat better, you will feel better.