A healthy lifestyle is the most potent medicine at your disposalSravani Saha Nakhro
I really like that quote. It’s true. A healthy lifestyle is the best gift you can give to yourself.
But, often people get confused about what to do, and they do random stuff to their bodies.
Like, I know a clown who stopped eating many things, because some doctor suggested to him that he was overweight (while he was not) and now he lost a considerable amount of weight and started looking like a skeleton. As a health blogger, I advised him against it, but he didn’t pay heed. Interestingly, his daughter is following him, while she’s just 11 years old.
Doctor told her that she is overweight (seriously who’s this inane doctor). She is already undernourished, and now she’s following something that no one should follow. The health advice this father-daughter duo is following is outlandish.
And that brings us to this blog. This blog will feature some health advice that I love and find relatable.
These pieces of advice are shared and promoted by nutritionists and health experts from all over the world. These are verified and trust me when you will read these you will agree with me that these are not outlandish at all.
Let’s discuss these:
1: Food is not the villain
Weight gain? Let’s stop eating food! Let’s blame the food for everything. That’s what the majority of people believe. Whenever they gain extra weight, they started blaming food for it. But, food is not the villain. Our eating habits are the main villain.
It’s totally our choice, what we are eating, how we are eating, and how much we are eating. Yes, I agree as street food and junk food are harmful, but you can still eat them if you are eating them in moderation. You will get sick if you are eating it daily and without any limit. But once in a while will not harm you.
I don’t want to lie by saying that I don’t eat outside food. I order from outside, once a month. It doesn’t harm my health. Stale food can definitely be bad, so make sure you always choose fresh ingredients and visit places that serve fresh food.
2: Same thing won’t work for everyone
People generally watch stuff online and they start following it blindly. Like the clown I mentioned above, he was told to lose weight, so he started doing some things, and seeing him his daughter did the same. So basically, they both are following a thing that is done by others for some “Instant results”.
I have lost 22 kg, and what I did for that result, will never work for you. I eat food in a certain quantity, My body requires protein in a certain quantity and the style of workout I do can hurt you. I have seen this at my gym, trainers generally try to fit the same hat on everyone. I remember when I was new at the gym (back in 2016), I was given a card/plan about exercises I need to do weekly. I thought wow, this will guide me. But when I realized that similar cards were given to everyone, I was shocked.
You can never have a similar physique to the one you idolize. Because, you don’t know about their bodies, you don’t know how much nutrition they need and what were the conditions of their training. So, instead of being a clown and clown princess, be smart and be curious.
3: Body-Mind & Gut needs regular nourishment
Our bodies are so innocent, it works according to what we feed. When we eat “bad food” (hey food is not the villain), it will reflect on our health. When we eat good food, our bodies will show results accordingly. So basically, our health is in our hands. It will work according to what we feed.
Our gut and brain are connected. Our brain needs the energy to perform every task. That energy comes from food. Obviously, pizza and burgers will not give you any energy. But, if you are eating something healthy, then your brain will work accordingly. I will discuss more about brain health in a separate blog soon. For now, understand this, for every task your body needs some power and food is that source of power. If you eat healthy food that is rich in complex carbs, unsaturated fats, protein, and fibers, you will have better power.
4: The 80-20 rule
I have discussed this rule before. And if you want to eat everything while still staying in shape than this is for you. Basically, with the 80-20 rule, you need to divide your diet in 2 ways. First, for 80% of the time, you need to eat healthy. Healthy food like the one rich in proteins, fibers, complex carbs, and unsaturated fats (saying it again). Make sure you include these in your diet and follow it sincerely. Then for 20% of the time you eat whatever you desire. This could include cake, pizza, fries, or whatever you like.
Our main focus is to prioritize eating food in moderation. However, this rule or style will not work on those who want a specific physique. If you want to stay healthy and active, this can be done.
It’s not necessary that it has to be 80-20 all the time. It can be 90-10 or 75-25. Off course along with healthy food, you also need to exercise. This rule can help people lose weight, and stay motivated and this could make the fitness journey fun.
Health isn’t about being “perfect” with food or exercise or herbs. Health is about balancing those things with your desires. It’s about nourishing your spirit as well as your body.Golda Poretsky
5: The rainbow diet
Health experts also suggest that people should add more colors to their diet. By color, I don’t mean artificial color, but the natural color in different food. Different colors of food have different components present in them, and they show different results in the human body.
Like the red color foods are rich in anti-oxidants (Lycopene) and are known to lower the risk of cancers and gut diseases. Similarly, green food contains Isothiocyanates and indoles (Phytochemicals), these are known to be good detoxifiers. Likewise, we have different colors in food.
This topic is vast, and I would like to discuss it more with a separate blog. For now, the following Image will guide you a little bit:
After seeing the image, I am sure you are thinking about which color of the food you should be eating. That is why, it is suggested to fill your plate with at least 4 colors (The more the merrier). The more variety you can add, the better results you can get from your food.
So these were some pieces of advice that I personally follow, and I feel these are easy to follow for everyone and are very relatable. Generally, some coaches/health experts/nutritionists tell things that are unrealistic and undoable in a long term. But, I believe the above-mentioned things are definitely doable in a long term.
In the comments tell me if you like any of these or if you are already following these. Also, tell me what thing you follow to stay fit. I would love to hear from you.
Until next time, Keep Smiling.