Eat this, not that. This is healthy, that is unhealthy. These have antioxidants, that increases oxidation. This fat is good, that fat is bad. Carbs are good, carbs are bad. Coffee is good, coffee is bad. I’m right, you’re wrong.
What the hell is healthy anymore? Every day we’re told to do this, do that, don’t do this, don’t do that (yes, I’m a guilty party, too). Who’s to say who’s right and who’s wrong? Furthermore, who’s to say that my definition of right and wrong is the exact same as your definition of right and wrong? It’s im-freaking-possible.
I think society has bought into the desire for a black and white solution for health (amongst other things – come oooooon lottery ticket!), and that makes it very easy to capitalize at another’s expense. People tend to treat their symptoms of dis-ease with extremes – diets, pills, surgery, exercise, or vices – and rarely address the cause. We all want to be healthy, but we also have our different reasons to be healthy and our different reasons for why we may be unhealthy.
With every study done there will be another study that completely negates those “facts.” And even the people who originally did the study may come out months from now saying to do this instead. The FDA renews the food pyramid every 5 years or so. But if that pyramid was full of facts and not biased opinions, then there wouldn’t be as great of a need for the medical industry or for me to write this blog. It’s good to research, learn, and listen to other perspectives, but you must ask yourself… what fuels that research, who is paying for those perspectives, and what other facts are out there that say otherwise? I’m speculating because think that holds true for the majority of what we hear on TV, on the radio, in magazines, and in published health journals by accredited doctors.
The only I can really approach this situation is to give the most general health/life guide that I can…
Learn about everything. Don’t believe everything.
Listen to your body and spirit for they know best.
You are a spirit, a mind, an ego, a child, and a body – understand who makes decisions.
Find a balance with everything in your life.
Build your path one brick at a time – life is rarely a straight, smooth path.
You are the only one responsible for your life and how you perceive your reality.
Accept yourself for who you were in the past and for who you are in this moment.
Forgiveness of self and others will open many doors.
Continually better yourself in the present.
Trust in the future and in yourself.