The Healthy, A Way Of Life And A State Of Mind
You meet him on every street corner, it is present almost in all women’s magazines, on many blogs (including this). The term “Healthy” is popular right now and is clearly fashionable. And I think it’s pretty cool, personally.
However, I find that we sometimes forget what “Healthy” really is. To say that it is only a fashion is far too reductive. Even if we discover it thanks to the craze it arouses at the moment, it is nevertheless a real way of life that cares above all about the general well-being. And it’s important, well-being.
The Healthy, A Way Of Life
“Healthy” is, in my opinion, a way of life and a state of mind. You can’t just “follow a fad”. In which case, it will last only a while and we will quickly make it fall back into the meanderings of industrial junk food. Having a healthy lifestyle encompasses so many things and certainly not just food. Indeed, once we start to pay attention to what we eat, we quickly realize that everything around us could be healthier: cosmetics, clothes, maintenance but also our physical condition. And we often want to change everything! Organic products gradually invest in our closets and our bathroom. We take time to play sports. Very often, we question the origin of the clothes we wear and it causes us little worries with our conscience: about the conditions of “manufacturing” of everything that can be industrial, how animals are treated in farms. In short, in most cases, healthy rhymes with ethics and well-being. That’s why, in the end, we can’t say that healthy is a fashion, it’s very reductive. If we are only trying to follow fashion, then it has nothing to do with any healthy lifestyle and that famous state of mind that motivates us every day to try to do more, to do better, to reduce the negative impact that we can have on the environment, on animals. And about ourselves.
So no, the “healthy” is not a fashion, but a lifestyle that revolves around a certain state of mind.
Cultivating “His/Her Own Healthy”
As I said earlier, having a healthy lifestyle touches just about every facet of our daily lives. And everyone sees things their own way. Indeed, what is healthy for me, will not necessarily be for you. Let’s take a simple example: organic. Some of you will find it important to eat fresh and especially local, but not especially organic. For me, foods that are not organic are not healthy because they are packed with pesticides. So I prefer foods that don’t come from my area but are organic. For others, eating little meat but good quality is quite healthy. I do not because I think we shouldn’t eat it at all and it doesn’t fit my mind about ethics. There are some for whom going 2 hours 5 times a week to the gym is necessary. Personally, I think it’s way too much for my body and he won’t be able to handle it. I’m not saying this to make a judgment about people who eat not organic meat and who eat sports, but simply to show you that everyone has their own idea of what can be healthy or not. So certainly, going to the MacDonald’s 3 times a week can never be described as healthy, but the term healthy is still quite “vague” in the end.
It is up to everyone to cultivate “his/her healthy”, to define what is healthy or not for him and his loved ones.
Eating healthily, what is it?
Even if, as I said above, eating healthily is not the only characteristic of a healthy lifestyle in my opinion and in addition everyone cultivates his own “healthy”, I would like to dwell on the food side. Eating healthily is quite simple for me: no animal products (dairy, eggs, etc), industrial, and gluten. Eating healthily, however, cannot be reduced to removing these foods. Indeed, we will not only replace them, but also add others and with new features. My diet gives pride of place to vegetables, oilseeds, legumes, I pass and the best. I also eat in season, organic and my fruits and vegetables often come from France.
It is also important, if not necessary, to know how to make deviations. Do you know the “cheat meals”? These are meals where you can afford everything and anything. Usually, we do one a week (but everyone does what he wants), and it often translates into a small switch to fast food. I say yes to the cheat meal! Just yesterday, I ate a good big tray of fries with my friends and even that I drank beer and wine not organic. I was hungry, thirsty, I wanted to and I don’t feel guilty. Of course, I would have preferred to eat my fries without oil, drink a good gluten-free beer and organic wine… But it wasn’t possible where I was, and I didn’t keep myself private because “ohlala is really not healthy”.
What is not healthy in the end is to deprive oneself.
If you live like a deprivation, it won’t work. However, perhaps the first 3 weeks will be complicated, you will always want industrial food and you will feel this feeling of deprivation (especially because of sugar weaning). But I can assure you that Kellogg’s cereals no longer make me want, I prefer my homemade granola ultra gourmet. I enjoy raw bars, neither snickers, and I don’t miss them. The frozen vegetable patties that I loved 2 years ago, my palate just finds them filthy today. Eating healthily is not a deprivation, but a real pleasure.
As we eat healthily, our tastes and our gluttony simply evolve.
Health and Weight Loss
Sometimes you want to adopt a healthy diet to lose weight. First of all, I insist that eating healthily has nothing to do with reducing the amount of food on your plate… We eat better, so we can eat more (without eating either) without necessarily having a negative effect on our weight. Personally, I have doubled my amounts of food since I eat healthily and I have not gained 1 kg.
It’s to your credit to opt for a healthy diet. In my opinion, this is the most suitable for effective and stable weight loss over time. You won’t lose 10 kg in a week as some diets make you look forward to. No, those pounds, you may lose them more slowly but surely. And you will avoid yoyo at the same time. Having a healthy diet gives you some stability.