Are You REALLY Healthy?

What does it mean to be healthy?
Is it being at an ideal weight? Is it exercising? Is it avoiding certain foods? Is it popping a couple multi-vitamins and calling it good? Is it avoiding sugary drinks?
The answer is Yes…and No….
It is such a harder question to answer than that.
Lets talk weight for a minute. The BMI scale was first introduced in the 1830’s when people worked hard but didn’t work out. It doesn’t take into account overall fat or muscle mass.
For example, according to the BMI scale a 6-foot-tall man is considered overweight if he weighs more than 180 lbs. What that does not address is if that man works out, has a larger frame or a smaller frame etc. What if you have a 6-foot-tall man that weighs 250 pounds but is all muscle? According to the BMI chart he is overweight just life the potbellied 6-foot-tall man that weighs the same thing
I don’t know about you, but I know very few men that are 6-foot-tall that weigh less than 180 lbs.
When you look at exercise as being the definition of being healthy, there is a saying that says “You cannot out exercise a bad diet”
So obviously by that statement its not just exercise. Diet plays a big role in health. You can eat all the “Right foods” and still be unhealthy, more to come on that.
But I take a multivitamin daily. Truthfully, not all multi-vitamins or supplements are made the same. There are several good companies out there but there are many more that the supplements that you take aren’t worth your trip to the grocery store. Its been stated that if your fish oil supplement smells or tastes bad then its already bad, furthermore where are they getting the fish, is it a large fish that is full of mercury or is it a small deep-water fish that tends to be mercury free.
Some vitamins are held together with coal tar, is that good for you? So knowing your product, trusting a company and not going with the cheaper stuff is important.
Is it avoiding sugary drinks? Yes, that is a big PART of being healthy. One thing most people don’t know is that studies show that sugar lights up the same areas of the brain as cocaine and is just as addictive. So, sugar does far more bad to you than simply adding weight.
Now let’s get back to foods. So many people are fooling themselves thinking they are eating healthy because they eat a salad while at a fast food restaurant, while it is true some of the ingredients are better for you than others, what happens when you add the 2 packages of ranch dressing or all the croutons etc.
Several years ago, a friend of mind that is a dietitian found out I was planting a garden. She told me “Make sure its non-GMO and organic” because I had no clue as to the dangers of these things. I completely blew her off. I didn’t know what I didn’t know
What I didn’t know at the time was I was poisoning my body with pesticides by not properly washing fruit and vegetables and the dangers of GMO crops is a lot of info that we will cover next week.
So yes, it is these things individually, but you still have to be careful. You can think you are “Doing a body good” by eating healthy or taking supplements but if these things are not sourced properly then you can be doing more harm to your body than good.

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