When many people begin their journey to a happier and healthier life, they are surprised to find that a large part of the work doesn’t happen physically. Pushing yourself to put the right things in your body and exercise the right way can certainly be a challenge, but it is not where the first, critical steps on the path to a better life happen. That work happens mentally. One of the most difficult aspects of a lifestyle transformation is just defining what it means to even be healthy.
What does “healthy” even mean? You would be hard pressed to find a person who isn’t interested in becoming healthier, but a far fewer number of people can effectively define the word without issue. Does “healthy” mean a certain number of meals per day? Is it defined by the macronutrients of each meal? How many grams of fats or carbohydrates is a healthy amount to consume? What role does sugar play? Or is it exclusively defined by calories?
The fact that many minds instinctively jump to these kinds of questions is troubling. Too many people have been conditioned to understand “health” as a restrictive term. The mainstream media sincerely enjoys packaging the concept of “health” as something entirely dependent on following the right rules – it then makes it easier to advertise products that cater to these false rules. And many of the recommendations you’re likely to come across are not necessarily wrong. Many sources actually do have your best interests in mind.
However, the sheer amount of misinformation out there is truly staggering. The first paradigm shift you need to experience if you’re going to enjoy a true lifestyle change is that being healthy and eating right is about influencing much more than just your waistline. It’s about learning how to love engaging with your food choices every day. Too many health food products are not really quite healthy at all, but they thrive in the markets thanks to snazzy marketing and apathetic consumers. Apathy, when it comes to your health, should never be an option.
Become an active consumer, and you’ll find leading an active lifestyle will become more comfortable over time as your health improves. When you fully invest your mind and heart in your body, you will be amazed what you can accomplish!