There are a lot of people out there with the mindset that “Being healthy is a waste of time”, “Eating "healthy is boring”, “Working out sucks” or “Life’s too short to not drink soda, or eat cupcakes and fried chicken!”.
But I’m here to tell you that being healthy is the BEST thing you can do for yourself. Rachel of Shedding It wrote a post about how being healthy is not always EASY or FUN, but it’s always WORTH IT!
And here is why:
1. It Just Feels Better
How do you feel when you eat a healthy meal vs. an unhealthy meal? Maybe you feel pretty great while you’re eating that cheeseburger and milkshake… but what about after? Not so much. And how satisfied do you feel after a nice, sweaty workout? What about after a day of sitting on the couch and watching TV? Doing things that are good for your health just feels better than doing things that aren’t.
2. It Tastes Good
Yeah, I guess it could go either way. Obviously unhealthy food can taste good… but that “good” taste is either butter, sugar or salt, just in different forms. Give me a ripe tomato straight from the garden with a little EVOO instead of French fries or cheesecake any day! eating healthy does not mean you have to eat bland and boring food all the time. It also doesn’t mean you can’t have cupcakes or cookies ever! There is so much you can do with fresh produce, wholesome ingredients, herbs, spices and a little care. I think we’ve seen the fruits of this (no pun intended ) demonstrated very clearly around the health blogsphere. Once you start eating REAL food, the other stuff just won’t compare!
3. It Makes You Look Good
And I don’t just mean your shape. Yes, a lovely side-effect of eating healthy and exercising is getting a more ‘fit’ body. However, once you start incorporating healthy habits into your lifestyle (veggies, H2O, exercise) and cutting unhealthy habits out (processed food, sugar, soda) you will notice a change in many other aspects of the way you look. Your skin will be brighter and your hair and nails will be stronger. All the creams and potions in the world won’t help your outside, if your inside is unhealthy. But back to that body shape – It isn’t a non-issue. 2/3 of U.S. adults are overweight or obese . According to World Healthy Organization , genes are important in determining a person’s susceptibility to weight gain, but the rising obesity epidemic reflects “the profound changes in society and in behavioural patterns of communities over recent decade” (aka eating more energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods with high levels of sugar and saturated fats, combined with reduced physical activity). Americans spend more than 5 hours watching TV EVERY DAY and 13 hours online every week (and it’s probably more for us bloggies out there!!!). That can’t be good for our bodies! So, get moving and don’t eat crap! "If you eat a healthy diet, you will grow stronger and healthier cells throughout your entire body — inside and out." – Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD
4. For Your Future Self
It’s easy when you’re young to think you’re invincible. To think that you can eat whatever you want and still look and feel great. Not quite. Everything adds up over the years. A lifetime of poor healthy choices can lead to illness and disease when you’re older. Of course, there are certain things you can’t control, but eating healthy, being active and removing unhealthy things from your life (smoking, using harmful household products or beauty products ) guarantees yourself the best chance of being healthy when you’re older. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to let my future self down!
5. It Makes You Happier
Happiness is a lot of things. But if there is one change I would tell someone to make to improve their satisfaction with life – it would be to get healthy and get moving. Eating unhealthy food, as satisfying as it may be at the time, does not a happy person make. When I eat badly, I feel badly, emotionally and physically. When I eat healthy foods, it feels good and that makes me happy. And it isn’t a coincidence that you feel so relaxed and euphoric after a great workout – not only are “happy” brain chemicals released when you exercise, but the satisfaction of a good workout will totally boost your self-confidence. Also, working out gives you more energy (to do the things you love) and promotes better sleep (which EVERYONE could use)! You don’t have to run 10 miles or lift weights for an hour to get these benefits. Choose the things that you love to do! Yoga, going for walks, cleaning the house, a dance class, a kickboxing class, cartwheeling in a park …anything that will get you moving! I promise, it will make you smile.
I try my best to be healthy, for all these reasons and more. And these reasons are also why I want to become an RD. I especially want to work with children and families, because I believe the earlier you start incorporating healthy habits, the better.
And as much as I try my best to be healthy all the time, in every way, I don’t stress about it either. There’s a happy balance that I try and find every day. And like Rachel said , it’s not always easy to be healthy by any means. It takes a lot of work, patience and self control. But… it is worth it. Always.