3 “Healthy” Myths That Keep You From Making Progress

Hey everyone!  I’m finally back, and I couldn’t be happier.  I’ve had to take a little break from my blog to focus on studying for exams (help!) and getting ready for Christmas and all the fun craziness that comes with it.  This holiday season is especially exciting because I really appreciate the remiscing and goal-setting that comes with this time of year now.   It’s pretty awesome if you ask me 🙂

So, over my hiatus, i’ve noticed some myths – some falsities – that people believe about health and wellness.  What happens when people believe these myths is that they screw up their metabolism, wreck their sanity, and plateau with progress.  I STILL sometimes buy into these myths from time to time if i’m not careful!  The media is really, reaaaaally good at manipulating us.  So here’s the facts, let’s get ’em straight.

 

1. How Your Body Looks = How Healthy You Are.

I used to think that I could only be healthy if I looked like a fitness model.  News flash: a lot of fitness models aren’t too healthy after all, but let’s save that for a different time!  Anyways, I constantly measured my health based on how I looked.  What this did was make me super obsessed with my weight and calories, and it’s safe to say I was a grumpy cat most of the time. 

How I measure my health now is by how I feel mostly, however, it’s also important to do routine blood work to check up on your vitamins, minerals, WBC/RBC, thyroid, etc etc etc.  Blood work is so exciting to me because it’s kind of like an exam. It’s one way of seeing hard, factual evidence of all your healthy work paying off.  I remember after being vegan for a little and seeing my blood work come back and the doctor remarking that I was “really healthy.”  That feeling was motivation enough to keep going with the juicing, blending, and steaming!

 

2. Fat Is the Devil.

I’m passionate about fats.  Yeah, sounds crazy, but I am.  For 5 years of my life, I spent it restricting ALL fat (good fats, bad fats, mediocre fats) and what happened?  Well, I sure didn’t shrink.  Instead, it led to me being extremely, extremely hungry all the time.  Why?  The consumption of healthy fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) curb your appetite.  In addition, they also aid in brain function so much so that more ‘good fats’ in your diet can ease depression and ADHD.  These fats also have anti-inflammatory properties.

Fat is amazing for your skin, nails, and mood.  Since adding fat back into my diet, i’ve noticed a huge improvement in the health of my skin and nails.  Now my hair is shiny, my skin is smooth (and free of these strange red bumps I used to have), and my nails are strooong.  The best part, though?  I’m in a much better mood.

Add these babies to your diet and wait for the magic:
     coconut oil (the magical fat), peanut/sunflower/almond/cashew butter, all sorts of nuts and seeds, fish (salmon is just one awesome choice), fish oil, olive oil, avocados, olives, flax seed, chia seeds, etc.)

Remember: Good fats don’t make you fat.  Eliminate or lessen the amount of “bad fats” in your diet to improve your health.

 

3. You Have To Eat Perfectly Clean To Make Progress.

For most of us, eating perfectly clean 100% or even 95% of the time is simply too much.  We start to miss out: on trips out with friends, family gatherings, and parties.  If you’re forcing yourself to eat grilled chicken and broccoli AGAIN because you think you have to , think again.  All you’re doing is making yourself miserable!

It’s totally possible (and even preferable, in my opinion) to practice moderation.  And also to practice moderation, in moderation.  Know what I mean?  It’s perfectly fine if you want to eat chocolate chip pancakes in the morning if that’s going to keep you sane and that’s what you want.  Enjoy them and savor every bite!  But when it’s over, go back to eating how you planned… clean and green and healthy.

Being healthy is all about creating a lifestyle you can live with.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live in a world where i’m not ‘allowed’ to eat cookies, or pizza, or bread and butter.  Sorry, but i’m not into that.  I’m into feeding myself mostly healthy, delicious food that I enjoy, so that when I eat some junk food, I don’t feel bad about it. 

The tricky part is learning how to eat your favorite foods in moderation… that’s the part i’m still learning about for myself every day!  Sometimes i’ll get into the groove and it’s the most freeing feeling ever: loving my healthy food 80% of the time, and enjoying a decadent dessert or chips and guac with friends once in awhile.  That’s when I effortlessly lose weight, feel great, and feel totally in control of my actions.  For me, that’s way better than forcing myself to be all – or – nothing with my diet.

 

What other myths have you debunked while you’ve been exploring health and wellness? I’d love to hear!

Lots of love,
Katie

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{Have a health question, want to talk, want to guest post?  Contact me at katieghealthcoach@gmail.com }

 

 

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