So, you say that all breakfast cereals are no good. Then, you tell me that I should only buy organic and save the world. Then, you tell me that I can only buy from certain companies. Then, you say that this diet is better than that diet. But, then that diet isn’t “in” anymore and now we all follow this one. But, don’t eat meat – it’s bad for you and the animals. But don’t eat the fake meat either – it’s worse.
But, do you know that there is no one right way of eating? Perhaps you don’t realize that everyone has different intolerances, different allergies, different needs, different preferences, different wants, different tastes, different budgets, different religions, different beliefs, and different opinions. What one person might think is not healthy, the next one will, and with valid reason. One person might want nothing but organic food, while the next person won’t touch it, but will still eat fruits and vegetables. Which one is healthier? Does it really matter?
I’ve even heard one person compare their breakfast to someone else’s stating that their breakfast “was a whole lot healthier” than the other person’s. Why do we feel the need to compare ourselves to each other? Healthy is what you make it. It does not have just one meaning.
What’s happened to us? Are we still in high school even as adults? Instead of people staring at your clothes they stare at your food and judge you based on your food choices. I’ve had an instance where I’ve pulled out a sandwich for lunch and someone else pulled out a protein shake for their lunch – and had a look on their face like theirs was better. Really? I’ll break it down for you – I’ve heard bad things about both lunch meat and protein shakes! So what now?
I’m pretty sure the people that have been a foodie their whole entire lives didn’t start out that way. It took trial and error to know what worked best for them and their bodies. Everybody has a story as to how they became who they are. There’s always room for improvement from everyone – no matter how long you’ve been playing the health game.
To those on a health journey – both newcomers and veterans – I have four words for you: keep an open mind. There are many resources out there for you to learn all about what’s healthy and what’s not, but ultimately only you can decide what that is for you (and no one else). Also, don’t be so quick to jump on the band wagon. Meaning if, for example, you love apples, but you see in the headlines tomorrow that apples cause cancer, don’t just automatically throw all your apples away and never buy them again. Investigate further – why is that headline being written – was it a reliable source of information? Was it a misunderstanding?
Why is it as soon as you say something about a food you make people feel like outcasts if they still eat it and call them unhealthy? Who left you in charge? Can you imagine if we put all the things that you state we’re not supposed to eat or drink on a list? That would be one heck of a list – we would have nothing left to eat or drink besides grass and water – oh wait, no we won’t, they’re loaded with chemicals, too!
So, please society, ease up. Yes, you only live once and you only have one body and your body is your temple – but I’d also like to enjoy my life and my food rather than worry every day what I need to eat in mass quantities or never eat again. Perhaps this is the most important reason why eating a variety of foods is beneficial. That way you’re not exposed to any one thing so no matter what is said about it (good or bad) you’re covered. This might be the only piece of advice that works for everybody.
Put yourself back into the “old you” shoes. Remember what the original reason was that you decided to take the route that you chose. If it’s because you heard your neighbor lost 20 pounds on that new detox diet and now you want to do it or your friend read some article in the Wall Street Journal that said we all have to now avoid lettuce, then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your reasons. That’s great that you want to start living healthier, but look before you leap and don’t judge.
So….will I ever go all organic? Maybe. Maybe not. Will I ever go back to being vegetarian? Maybe. Maybe not. Will I ever stop eating meat? Maybe. Maybe not. But, that would be for me to decide – whichever path I choose, backtrack, and choose again.
Sincerely and in good health,
Me (a person that’s passionate about teaching others about health so they can be empowered to make their own educated decisions, as well as improving her own health needs along the way!)
Do you feel the same way?