It’s amazing at what you can learn when you set your mind to it. It is equally amazing how much you thought you knew, but then realize you were wrong or that there were many little pieces of information that you were missing. Those little pieces can completely change how you see the big picture. On my journey to health, I am finding that my biggest challenge is learning. Health is a very liquid concept – the concepts are constantly changing, being fine tuned, and improved upon, so it is really important to stay on top of research and learning everything that you can everyday.
There is so much conflicting information about our health right now, it feels almost impossible to know where to start and what to believe. My best advice for anyone who is feeling frustrated, or confused about the world of health is to do your own research and make your own decisions. Do your research, and learn everything you can about every possible angle or point of view on the topic. Once you know all of the ins and outs, you need to decide what is best for you based on your body.
From all of the reading that I have done on the topic of health, the one thing that sticks out to me the most is that everyone’s body is different. Each person is going to have different reactions to foods, preservatives, additives etc. It is almost impossible to just go with the flow – follow the latest diet trends and recommendations – because they won’t necessarily work for everyone. The only way to find out what will work for your own body is to really, truly listen to what your body is trying to tell you. Get headaches? Bloating? Tiredness? These are results of your body trying to tell you that something is wrong. What you put into your body can make a world of difference for your health and happiness. The catch is that it won’t be the same food that makes everyone get headaches, or bloating or tiredness. One person might might have troubles digesting broccoli, while others have no problem with it. The key is to pay really close attention to how you feel after you eat – and narrow down the foods until you know what food is making you feel terrible.
The frustrating part with developing a healthy and balanced lifestyle is that it takes time. A lot of time. A lot of people are looking for quick fixes, choosing to partake in ‘diets’ that they use for the short term, and then stop using once they have lost weight. Once they stop the diet, they end up regaining most of the weight that they lost, plus more.
Anyways… I’ve been severely rambling. My main message: knowledge is power. Make sure that you know and understand both sides of the story before you make your decisions. Often times, nutrition information coming from the media, on food packaging and online is EXTREMELY misleading. Know your stuff so that you can avoid being duped by any misleading information you might come across.