What is healthy?

March 18, 2014

what is healthy

This is going to be a short post, just a ‘what’s on my mind’ post to discuss the topic of what is healthy.

A friend of mine who is doing her MA at Cambridge (smart little cookie) is attending what sounds like a fascinating talk at the Cambridge Science Festival about ‘Why we know so little about the effect of diet on health. And why so much is written about it.’

It sounds fascinating, and I am so glad that this issue is finally getting talked in general! My whole mantra at Honestly Fitness is about the myths spewed by the diet and fitness industry, and how we are bombarded with so many empty and meaningless claims. What does it even mean to be healthy? Is it even possible to create a ‘one size fits all’ in terms of being healthy when everyone is unique in their own special (and genetic) way?

It’s an interesting question and certainly not something I know the answer to. Drawing from personal experience though, I have found that living a healthy and fit lifestyle is truly an individual and unique process. Some people thrive off of eating 80% fruit and vegetables, whereas some thrive off of a largely meat based diet. I feel as if the only universal rule of thumb is enjoy things in moderation, because frankly a lot of studies out there, scientific or not, have been sponsored by someone or other with an agenda. So although I try and give you the most reliable data I can, do what feels best for your body! I personally eat a wide array of foods although my body definitely likes a higher carbohydrate, higher fat and lower (NOT LOW, LOWER) carbohydrate diet.

Always take everything with a pinch of salt, and try not to get so drawn in by shocking headlines like ‘KALE HAILED TO BE THE NUMBER 1 SUPERFOOD OF ALL TIME’ hehe. Be curious! Do some extra research and make your own conclusions about whether you want to include something in your diet.

That’s all I wanted to say πŸ™‚

Honestly yours,

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