The title of this post was also the title of a post I saw a while ago on the Huff Post (not going to include the link because it was ages ago and, frankly, I can’t be bothered hunting for it).
I didn’t read it but the headline grabbed my eye, and I started wondering what my own list would look like.
Like most people, my knowledge of what constitutes a ‘good’ meal has changed drastically over the years and sometimes I feel like I’m still figuring it out.
So here’s my 30. It’s a personal thing, sure, but hopefully some of you will identify with this list and start thinking about your own. I’m a firm believer in learning from your past mistakes and that’s the great thing about the internet –
there are many photos of cats being adorable it’s full of shared wisdom.
1. Fat (butter, cream, bacon etc) is not the enemy
2. You don’t need to feel guilty about exercising less than government guidelines recommend
3. Your body is an amazing machine
4. Slow progress is still progress
5. Contrary to what you believe in your teens and your twenties, you are not invincible and some bad habits might lead to hard decisions down the road
6. Organic is important
7. Grains are not
8. Diets will destroy your mental and physical health
9. Health is about so much more than weight. So. Much. More
10. Doctors are not all knowing, don’t be afraid to question them or refuse treatment
11. You should always look for a natural remedy before reaching for the drugs
12. Health can be as polarising as politics, find people who support you and who are willing to listen, even if you’re challenging their perspective
13. Disease isn’t something that happens to other people
14. Your healthy lifestyle can cost you friends but there’s a community out there who get it
15. You can get healthy (and fit) at any age
16. There’s no such thing as healthy junk food
17. Birth control is not a miracle of modern science, it’s a way of circumventing your body’s natural processes and you have to be prepared to pay the price that comes with that
18. You can be happy at any weight
19. Just because you’re not ‘sporty’ or have terrible hand-eye coordination, doesn’t mean you won’t find an exercise you enjoy
20. You should never take health advice from women’s magazines
21. Good health isn’t complicated, it’s about food in its most natural state.
22. And it’s not masochistic either
23. It’s about feeding your soul, not just your body
24. Just because someone doesn’t have a phd after their name and/or a government grant, doesn’t mean they can’t give nutritional advice
25. Health challenges teach us who we really are and what lengths we are prepared to go to
26. If something’s labelled ‘alternative’ by the mainstream media, there’s usually something to it. Keeping an open mind is sometimes your best weapon against disease
27. Pray, mediate or just rest. However you do it, it’s important to get a moment of stillness in every day
28. Hunger should be a physical instinct, not an emotional process
29. Being and staying healthy can be a powerful inspiration for others in your life
30. The food industry values profits first and your health last. Be suspicious and read labels
Weigh in: Do you agree with my list? What did I miss? What’s your health journey taught you?
This post was also shared at Party Wave Wednesday