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What is Healthy?

Many of us struggle with the day to day challenge of eating a healthy, balanced diet. For starters, it becomes confusing as to what is or isn’t a healthy diet. What kind of fats are good? What kind of carbs are good? How much should you or shouldn’t you eat? When should you eat? Is it okay to have sweets now and then? How about a glass of wine with your oysters?

All these questions can be overwhelming and confusing as you balance the act of being happy with your food choices. Considering everybody has to eat, it makes sense that you would want to enjoy it rather than see your plate as a mass of calorie numbers; the higher the number, the less likely you are to fit into last year’s wardrobe. 

Seeing as this is about health, the next question is what is healthier: to eat “bad food” on occasion, like pizza and chicken wings during a game, or to have a strict diet maintained at all times? It could be argued that the strict diet will allow you to optimize your body by consistently providing it with the right levels of energy and the right nutrients, on the other hand, maybe it would be healthier to allow yourself to break the rules here and there, and let flavor rule the day.

In the end, your diet is your medicine. Your body can’t create something from nothing, therefore it’s important you eat the right foods on a regular basis if you want to regularly feel good. There’s no problem with slight deviations, like letting go during the holidays, but it helps to maintain a consistent routine, and it has been shown that maintaining a good diet can reverse certain medical conditions. If you’re not sleeping well, feeling lethargic and your mood is unstable, maybe you should take a look at the dinner plate in front of you. It may be difficult to stop buying the chips and the dip, or big buckets of ice cream, but it is possible. In the end, your body will thank you for it.

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