If you are like most people, you think that getting health means you have to focus on losing weight. This is not true! You can be skinny or at your ideal weight and still be unhealthy. When losing weight is the focus of being healthy, it leads to a short-term goal, confusion and frustration.
Seeing people on social media showing their 30 pound weight-loss or before and after pictures is not always motivating. Instead, some people see their results and become frustrated that their weight-loss is not happening fast enough causing them to give up.
There are so many myths about what getting healthy means. I am going to debunk these myths so you can focus on better ways to get and stay healthy. Not only will I debunk the myths but I will give you solutions and tips to start your health journey.
Myth #1: You must lose weight to be healthy.
Losing weight is a side-effect of getting healthy but it should never be the goal. This is a shocking statement! It goes against everything we've been told about our health. But look at the facts. The diet industry in 2018 was worth $72.7 Billion dollars! (Source: Market Research) Companies are trying their hardest to keep you convinced that losing weight means you are healthy.
If all you are trying to do is to lose weight, then you are not trying to be healthy. Losing weight is a short-term goal that may or may not be achievable. It can lead to using products or buying into fad diets that aren't good for your body.
One solution to changing the "I must diet" mindset is to get moving. What does get moving mean? Doing something physical for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. This doesn't mean you have to join a fancy gym or exercise class (unless you want to of course).
It can be taking a brisk walk outside or riding a bike. It can mean practicing a free YouTube exercise class. Also, it doesn't mean you have to do crazy hard workouts either. As long as you get your body moving and your blood flowing, you are getting healthy.
Your body wants to move. It was never meant to be sitting for 8 or more hours a day. If you have a long commute and a long workday, see if your employer will invest in a standing desk. Alternating standing with sitting is another way to keep your muscles active.
Of course, if you have a health condition that may make moving difficult, talk to your doctor about an appropriate way to get some exercise. There are very low impact exercises like chair yoga and Tai Chi to start moving your body. Also, visiting a physical therapist who can show you how to modify exercises for your condition can be very helpful.
Myth #2: You have to stop eating indulgent food.
How many times have you restricted yourself from indulgent food or treats only to binge eat them? Once the joy of eating the food is over, feelings of disappointment and defeat can overwhelm you. Indulgences must be part of your healthy habits. There are smart ways to indulge. Learning how to indulge smartly requires time, patience and trying new things. As well as changing your mind-set on what indulgence means to you.
Popcorn is a great indulgence because it is low in calories and can be topped with any flavor such as salty, sweet or spicy. The key is to limit how much you eat and buy organic. Instead of making a large bag of microwave popcorn, buy the smaller, single serve size. Another option is to buy bagged pre-popped popcorn, such as Organic Skinny Pop. You can also make popcorn "old school" style by air-popping and adding your own toppings.
Another indulgence is chocolate. Did you know chocolate can be good for you? For a healthy chocolate, it has to be dark chocolate with at least 65% cacao. Why? Cacao powder is full of antioxidants and flavonoids that support a healthy body. There are so many different products to try! Such as:
Now, there will be family gatherings and holidays where you cannot control what you are being served. Life happens! All you need to do is mentally prepare and not be upset with yourself. After all, you are making memories when celebrating or enjoying family time. It just means you go back to your healthy routine as soon as you can. And who knows? As you tell family members about your new lifestyle, you may just inspire others to try something new.
Myth #3: Eating organic is expensive.
Organic food is a must for a healthy lifestyle. Organic food has been grown and made with ingredients that are not full of chemicals or pesticides. When we eat food that is chemically treated, toxins are put into our body. These toxins can cause illness and disease.
While we will never get rid of all the toxins in our life, controlling what we can helps our body become healthier. When I tell people I eat organic, the very first comment I hear is "Organic food is so expensive." That is simply not true anymore.
My local grocery store has invested in a no-name brand that is USDA certified organic. This keeps costs low for my monthly grocery bill. Also, I will shop at Whole Foods or Trader Joe's but I am a savvy shopper! I look for weekly sales and I know my prices. Amazon and Costco are great outlets for organic foods that are a low price per serving.
Another realization I had is that by eating organic and reducing my exposure to chemicals, I am investing in my future health. Let's put this in perspective:
Chemotherapy costs $48,000 or more for 4 treatments in a year (Source: Asbestos)
A heart attack can cost $38,000 for the 90 days following a heart attack to traditional health insurers. (Source: The National Bureau of Economic Research)
Diabetes costs $16,700 per year. (Source: American Diabetes Association)
Would you rather buy conventionally grown food that contains pesticides which interrupt our natural body processes and results in medical bills later in life? Or can you take the time to learn new prices and try new products so you can buy organic food, especially when it is on sale?
What I realized as I eat more organic products is that I feel so much better! Making an effort to reduce the amount of chemicals in my life gave me more energy, I rarely get sick and seasonal allergies are a thing of the past! Even my husband, who suffered his entire life with allergies rarely has an issue with them now that we are organic.
Plus, it tastes so much better! My husband is constantly blown away about how good organic food tastes. It is so much better than conventionally grown food!
Myth #4: I can't beat my family history.
I used to think this as well. My family has cancer and heart disease as the top two "heredity" diseases. But what is so interesting, is that while you have a genetic make-up from your parents and family history, there are other factors that lead to having disease.
Instead of the disease being hereditary, it may simply be the family habits we have been taught is what is causing the same diseases. It can be hard to unlearn what we've been taught. We may not even know how to start!
I can help!
I am a Certified Holistic Nutritionist obsessed with teaching people just like you how to get healthy and stay healthy.
I offer a FREE 30 minute call where we will talk about your specific symptoms and health goals and how the Simply Great Health program can help.
How would eliminating your symptoms or getting healthy improve your life? You could:
✅Be more present with your children
✅Thrive in your career
✅Improve your communication and your relationships
✅Have more fun!
✅Move your body and improve your fitness
✅Lose weight and feel better about yourself
✅Be able to cook healthy meals for you and your family
✅Take an active vacation
✅Reclaim your life!
Simply Great Health is a customized 5 Step plan that fits your busy lifestyle.
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If we determine it’s not a fit, we’ll go our separate ways for now.
If it is a fit, we can take the next step and get you started on the path to healing.
If you want to avoid any illness or disease, it comes down to helping your body be as healthy as it can be. This means moving your body, eating organic and learning how to indulge smartly. Your body is amazing! It wants to be healthy no matter what we do to it. It will fight for you as long as it can, until it can fight no more and falls into illness and disease.
I hope I helped dispel the myths of what getting healthy means. While the information may seem overwhelming, if you start with small, actionable steps, you will be healthier and stay disease free. It only takes 21 days to create a habit (good or bad). So if you start slowly, you will find that this philosophy will become a lifestyle. Eventually, you will feel so good you won't even miss your previous lifestyle.
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