Today I want to talk about how you determine if you’re healthy. What metrics and barometers do you rely on to gauge if you’re healthy? There are many statistically overweight people who have great cardiovascular endurance and can run and you are all familiar with the term “skinny fat” and know people who might be slender and appear to be in shape, but who aren’t actually healthy at all - they’re bodies can’t physically perform at healthy levels.
Then there is the perception of health based solely upon diet and how healthy you eat and live. Important for a good healthy foundation, but if not combined with exercise and a fitness routine, it simply means that you’re eating healthy, not that you’re physically healthy.
And, all the while, the debate over what fat is good fat, if we should do a diet rich in fat or avoid dairy y’all together continues. Let’s explore the rationale behind each and why, then look at some new ways to determine if you’re as healthy as you think you are. Hint: sleep and self care is included.
A few must reads to learn how what you put in your body can greatly impact your health journey
Counting calories obsessively is not the key to trimming your waistline. According to a new study published from Stanford University researchers, paying attention to what you eat is more important than focusing on how much. Researchers monitored the diets of more than 600 overweight adults. Even though the subjects did not focus on cutting calories, they lost an average of about 12 pounds over the course of a year. The weight changes ranged from a reduction of 60 pounds to a gain of 15. READ MORE
"FAT-FREE YOGURT is disgusting, an abomination, and I am banning myself from eating it ever again,” read a recent tweet from Roxane Gay, a writer who has spent years contemplating her relationship with food. Within hours, her missive had been liked 4,633 times. It also inspired hundreds of supportive replies, including one agreeing that fat-free yogurt tasted like “chalky paste mixed with sadness.” READ MORE
Although dairy is a tricky category to navigate when it comes to losing weight, it is possible to enjoy your favorites and still slim down. As with any food, you want to look for dairy products that are minimally processed, low in saturated fat, and ideally pre-portioned. If you're not sure where to begin, these healthy staples are a good place to start. READ MORE
We live in a world where good health is usually equated with a certain appearance. Instagrammers with thigh gaps are held up as exemplars of wellness. "Health" magazines publish cover lines about flat stomachs and getting lean. Reality TV shows celebrate punishing, unsustainable weight loss programs. READ MORE
All in all, too much saturated fats should be avoided and when in doubt, choose all natural products that might be high in natural fats versus opting for a chemical and additive filled substitute. Simple way to remember: basic is better, simple is smarter, quality over quantity. You are what you eat. Choose what you eat with the intention of reaching your goal.
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