Healthy lifestyle quotes.
I don’t mind it at all actually. In an age where scrolling quickly past hundreds and hundreds of photos is in, and interest in reading long winded blog posts is dwindling (that was painful to type), creating a quick meme to get a point across in a way others will soak it in is nice! The problem is that soooo many of them make me shake my head. Every. Single. Time I see them…. and I’m no saint, even I have used some silly ones before. How I personally feel about things is aalllwaaays important though, so I’m going to go ahead and share them (my thoughts I mean) with you, in sort of a de-bunking style post today!
Lets start with this guy. I have actually talked about this one briefly before (for different reasons) in my How to Insure Failure post, and that is the whole idea of “Go Big or Go Home!”
I’m not even sure I reeaally need to explain why this one is so silly. Probably the silly-est, and though I may be fond of silliness (Friends reference anyone?), this one has my eyes rolling in full force when I see it STILL floating around.
Where did this feeling that we all need to be fitness models or body builders right out the gate come from? Why do we feel like we MUST BE EXTREME or there is just no point? Can I tell you honestly, I can not even count the amount of times when I have talked myself out of a workout because I felt like I couldn’t commit to an “insane” one. at. that. moment. (you know? “Train insane, or remain the same.”?)
How many times could I have still got a small 10-15 minute workout in, if I hadn’t let myself believe that there was no point in an only 10-15 minute workout?
This is exactly what causes the “Might as well just not do it” attitude.
Alright now this ones an oldy… Ok the last one has been around for a while too, but I remember seeing this one back when I first started my own health journey, and I think I had even shared it then as well!
No wonder so many fail, or don’t even bother trying, if we are spreading the word that good food should be slow, expensive and hard.
The reality is that healthy can be all of those things! “Fake” being the least of them, I’ll give it that. Healthy can certainly be easy, cheap and fast, and to assume other wise could be exactly why some struggle with incorporating healthy choices to their diet.
How easy is it to cut up some veggies to snack on, or slice (or peel even) an orange? How cheap is a bundle of bananas, a bit of celery, bag of rice, can of beans or a sack of potatoes? How fast is it to grab an apple, a handful of trail mix or granola, or *gasp* all three, when you’re in a rush to run out the door?
Obviously these are just SOME examples, but the point is, you just go ahead and be fast cheap and easy baby, go for it.
Alright these next two are ones where I SEE the point they are trying to make, yet still something about them makes me say “Oh man” every time I scroll past one. The first one being this guy!
I get it. Our bodies want real nutrients not empty calories, like a chocolate bar or… unfortunately for me… a whole entire bag of potato chips…………. what?
But to say that your body doesn’t want calories?
Yes. Yes it does. Please feed your body calories. Calories = Energy.
It sure would appreciate nutrients ALONG with those calories but do not be fooled. If you are starving do not just eat a handful of cucumbers and tell yourself that’s enough. Feeeeed yourself.
A vitamin water, for example, is *cough* “full” of nutrients in the form of vitamins (and sometimes minerals), it also is devoid of calories. So by the standards of this here quote, it should be just what your body is asking for! But it is not. You will most definitely, and understandably, still be hungry.
I’m gonna need you to go ahead and squuueeeeze the word “empty” between “not” and “calories”, that’d be great (Office Space reference anyone?).
Ok so this one is suuuper nit-picky, I know, but every time I see it, it just makes me think. So I wanted to share my thoughts. I told you, my thoughts are important.
Food is for fuel, yes… And for health…
And for fun. And for relaxing. And for enjoyment. Food makes memories, and brings culture and creates moods. Food is life and love and pleasure.
We feed ourselves to live, for our bodies to thrive, to be healthy, to invest in our future health… but it also creates joy in this life we work so hard to be healthy in.
So learn to eat healthy. Learn to nourish your body with nutrient dense CALORIES. Learn to make good food choices. Learn how good food can be indulgent food as well as healthful. Learn that eating well doesn’t mean starving yourself or eating blandly or strictly.