It seems as though the definition of healthy in today’s society is simply “looking good” when the reality is it is so much more than that. Yes, we all want to look good but more importantly we should all want to be healthy, feel good, be energized, and live a vibrant life.
It doesn’t matter how good you look, if you are eating the wrong foods, not sleeping, are stressed out, etc. it will eventually catch up to you in the long run. You must learn to take care of yourself in the right way and the factor of looking good will easily follow.
I know for myself, I want to make sure that when I am 50 or 60 or 90 years old that I am lively, healthy, and strong. I am not saying it is a bad thing to want to look good or even to go after your dream body, I want you to do those things. What I am saying is that you should be doing it in the most healthy way possible…
In a recent study done by the University of Missouri, researchers found that in young adults, appearance is more important than overall health. In a quote from the study: “During our focus group conversations, we learned that young people don’t think about nutrition when it comes to eating,” The article then goes on to state that instead of eating foods that will make them healthier, they will just count calories to try and get the body they want.
You can count calories all you want, but that doesn’t mean you are healthy, even if you look good.
People go to great lengths to look good, even if this means sacrificing their health to do so. In the same study researchers mentioned that “some participants said they realize images of models are digitally enhanced, but it doesn’t necessarily keep them from wanting to achieve these unattainable figures — this is because they see how society rewards women for ‘looking good.'”
Just because a super model looks good does not mean he or she is healthy. At some point, it is going to catch up with them and they are going to have to pay the price for not treating their bodies correctly.
I have dealt first hand with a loved one who struggled with anorexia and let me tell you it is mind blowing what lack of nutrition can do to your body and mind. What these men and women think is healthy by not eating, is killing their bodies, mind, and spirit. If you are trying to look good, not eating is not the solution. Eating the right foods, and eating when you are hungry and until you are satisfied is the solution. Doing this will bring you to your most natural weight and will give you life long health!
With so much information that is out in the world today, it is tough to believe what is true, what isn’t, what you should follow, and what you should avoid. Many think they are being healthy by drinking three vegetable shakes a day while others think eating straight carbohydrates is the way to go. It is craziness the stuff you see people doing when it comes to trying to get healthy or stay healthy.
The truth is, when it comes to nutrition I always go back to the same thing that I know works: eat a large variety of real food and you will be setting yourself up for great success. Real foods include animals (chicken, eggs, beef, fish, game, etc.), plants (vegetables), and natural fats (coconut oil, avocado, nuts, seeds, etc.). I then encourage to eat good sources of carbohydrates when needed. Finally you must throw in some of your favorite junk foods a few times per week.
Eating healthy should not be a struggle and I find that adding in 3-4 cheats meals a week or one full day of cheat meals (not both) with keep you sane and more healthy. It is just a fact that these junks foods make us happy so why not enjoy a donut once a week or whip up some pancakes on a Saturday morning? Just as long as you focus the majority of your meals on eating real foods (80-90%) and then enjoy some junk food each week (10-20%), you will be very happy with your results and health.
Looking Good and Being Healthy
The best of both worlds: looking good and being healthy. This is what we should all be after. The combination of looking good, feeling good, and setting ourselves up for a great future because we are properly taking care of our bodies.
Getting fit is all about balance. If you look good but are not healthy, what is going to happen when that finally catches up with you? The whole point of looking good is to not only have a great body, but it is also to be healthy. Being healthy should be your first priority, and by having health as your number one priority, the look you want will soon follow.
Instead of trying to look like a super model (as many of them are not healthy), try to eat the right foods and engage in the right workouts day in and day out and watch as your health soars and your body starts rockin’. If you do this, you will surpass your dream body and you will feel good doing it.
Body image is such a major factor in our society today. It is actually pretty sad some of the stuff we see being called healthy and attractive. I encourage you to stop listening to the mainstream media about what is healthy and start doing the things that will make you truly healthy: eating the right foods, engaging in workouts a few times a week, sleeping, reducing stress, and just having fun in life.
Start changing your health today. Love the foods you eat, enjoy the workouts you do, and just LIVE LIFE! Don’t allow health and fitness take over your life, simply let it be a part of it…
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