Diets v Eating Healthy

What is a healthy diet? We’ve always been told that being skinny brings happiness but how can we understand those thin people who eat unhealthy foods and stay happy? How can those people who strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle be unhappy? As someone who is constantly counting calories and macro nutrients I find skinny people who eat unhealthy foods very infuriating. What sort of hard work have they done to be gifted with such bodies?

“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.”  ~B.K.S. Iyengar

To be honest; diets don’t work. For centuries women have been telling themselves that if they restrict their calorie intake and only eat vegetables, they’ll lose weight. It’s true, as far as short term plans go, however, if one’s plan is to be healthy in the long run, restricting calories and cutting vital nutrients from your diet is not ideal. Every year since 8th grade I have told myself that I was going on a diet. Although it always failed on me one thing was clear. No diet lasts forever.

Hollywood and the celebrity culture has been the benchmark for what the ideal female body should look like. Models are often criticized for being “too fat” when in fact they weigh 45 kilograms and often fast for three days before a fashion show. At the end of the day we all want to be healthy, feel confident and look beautiful. It seems though that in the last few years that this idea has somewhat gone backwards.

The current trends that are taking over social media are videos of people eating over 10,000 calories and jumbo milkshakes. Low in fat has become a synonym for high in sugar. Retailers have even begun to accommodate bigger sizes with some stores going up to size 32. It’s wonderful to see men and women comfortable in their own skin but at the same time its worrying seeing people who are putting their health at risk in order to be comfortable.

“People who are overweight don’t want unsolicited advice. Guess what. We know we’re fat. We live in homes with mirrors”. – Al Roker

On the other hand, there are those people who have been blessed with the gift of a fast metabolism. Imagine, being able to eat a Big Mac without having to worry about the calories or gaining any weight. Of course, the weight will catch up with them eventually and their metabolism will slow down tremendously.

In their daily lives most people complacent towards their food habits. They’re busy living their lives and often forget what dietary rules they should follow. Over 60% of adults don’t eat the recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables. Most will settle for complex carbohydrates and processed food.

“You can do good work simply staying up all night and eating nothing but junk food, but probably not in the long run” – John Mulaney 

Then there are those who have to count every little gram and calorie that goes inside their bodies in order to avoid their worst fear… gaining weight. Either they want to be super fit and spend hours a day at the gym or they go to extreme measures to stay super thin and underweight.

As someone who loves healthy eating and the idea of being thin, I think that healthiness is a balance between nutrition and moderation. The idea of eating a whole cake is great but we all end up feeling horrible afterwards. The same goes for alcohol; it has no nutritional value. Being comfortable and happy with my body makes me happy and I think that what you eat really shows how you feel. As I write this, a colleague of mine is going through a difficult time and copes by relying on foods that have a high sugar and fat content. We are what we eat and it reflects our personal situation.

The truth is that everyone has a different diet. Some are high in sugar, others are high in protein and good fats, while some are low in calories. A healthy diet should be filled with organic and highly-nutritious foods. Including these foods in one’s diet is the first step towards a healthy body and leads to a healthy mind. We all want to live for as long as possible and by avoiding an unhealthy diet we are able to reduce our chances of getting various health complications such as high cholesterol and diabetes.

“There’s no diet that will do what healthy eating does. Skip the diet and just eat healthy”

Photo source: http://img05.deviantart.net/a1f8/i/2007/035/4/5/thinspiration_by_hollymariema.jpg

Other sources: http://www.self.com/story/how-metabolism-changes-as-you-age

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