It’s funny that I’m just now noticing, really, everywhere, how much the world tells us to eat healthier.
And, given our nation’s obesity crisis and the weight-related health issues that are starting to affect more and more people, eat healthy is a good message. Eat healthier is a good message, too…most of the time.
You see, there’s a cap on all of this eating healthy media messaging that we need to understand.
For people who suffer from weight-related health issues the messages are good.
Eat healthier. Lose weight (if you are actually overweight). Feel better.
For people who are one of many people suffering from obesity and its entirely too many side effects the message is good.
It’s time. Make it happen. Stick to it. Start losing the weight now.
But, what I have noticed is there’s a little known little thought about side effect of all this media messaging that is not good. At all. Ever. And, that little known little thought about side effect is this: for all of us who are “eating healthy” sometimes we are eating just the way our bodies want to, and trying to make ourselves eat healthier, and healthier, and healthier, involves foods we don’t want to eat maybe and giving up foods we do want to eat.
So, if you find yourself in the aisles at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s or watching Dr. Oz when you suddenly ponder am I eating healthy? Healthy enough? Could I eat healthier?
Some magazines/stores/television shows cater to those of us who fall easily to the eating healthier media. Add more whole grains! Powder chia seeds! Eat flax! Now, these things might all be well and good, but maybe you don’t absolutely need to eat them (and perhaps a scoop of real ice cream now and then won’t hurt you either) The aisles at some grocery stores just tease you with healthfulness: high fiber! high protein! high everything that is good for you and absolutely no fat! (sounds yummy, doesn’t it)?
I have this to tell you.
Ask yourself if you are eating healthy. And, if you think you might not be, talk to a nutritionist or doctor and get a professional second opinion.
Ask yourself if you are eating healthy enough. A nutritionist or doctor won’t hurt in helping answer this question either.
Ask yourself if you could eat healthier. Chances are, you could, because most likely, we all could. But, it just might be that striving for this healthier, healthier, healthier goal takes away from a couple of the things that we enjoy the most. Like an occasional meal of gigantic bowl of pasta and cake for dessert. Like not worrying about our food every once in a while. Like feeling that we need to keep changing something if we are ever to maintain our weight (or, even, lose a few pounds). Here too, if you feel like a big change is needed I urge you to check with a nutritionist or doctor first. Chances are, if you’ve reached this question you are eating pretty healthy. The magazines might disagree, but, why not get an opinion from someone who cares way more for how your body’s working than how you will look in a swimsuit?