There are many misconceptions about switching to a healthier diet. Many of these come from laziness and our inherent aversion to change. Being misconceptions, they’re mostly untrue and many are unfounded. They’re just excuses from people who are fat or otherwise unhealthy but don’t yet have any serious medical risk that is prompting them to take action.
Myth #1: It’s Expensive
This is understandable because media sensationalize too much the advantage of buying organic food. Let’s clarify something here: Certified Organic food (as in the ones that come with a Certified Organic seal) are indeed more expensive that all their non-certified counterparts. If you only choose USDA Certified Organic foods, your food cost could easily triple or quadruple. This is because the certification process is very tedious and costly to begin with. That cost adds up and multiplies by the time it gets to the end retailer.
Unless you’re comfortable about spending three to four times on your food, here’s a better idea: Go to your local market and find out which produce are grown within the state. Since they are grown and sold locally, they don’t have to endure days of storage and transport which require preservatives and insecticides. Get stuff that are not certified organic but are nonetheless organically grown. Get to know the farmers – they’re usually the same people selling them.
If you do this, you’ll be eating healthier, you’ll be helping the local economy, helping the planet (less carbon footprint from your foods) – and last but not the least: you will also be likely spending less because local produce (and meats and fish) tend to be cheaper.
Myth #2: It’s boring
We can see how someone might think this way. It just so happens that the health food companies who have the budget to spend on mainstream advertising are those selling granola bars and healthy breakfast cereal. They create the most noise. And much like the case of Hollywood wherein what people see is what they conclude to be true, people think that oats, nuts, and dried berries are all there is to eat.
If you think it’s boring, here’s something you should do: go around town and check out all the vegan restaurants.
We’re not in any way suggesting that you go vegan. We’re mostly omnivores here. But we just want you to see for yourself how wrong you are. Because vegetarians are restricted to a diet that doesn’t involve meat, dairy, and other delicious stuff, and because, being humans, they still crave these things, you’ll be amazed at flavors and textures they managed to create using only plant derived products!
Heck, the best tasting “cheese” dip I had didn’t even have real cheese in it!
And remember, you don’t have to give up your bacon or even your deep fried pork cracklings. You just need to eat more of the healthy stuff, and practice moderation on the unhealthy ones.
Myth #3: It’s only for people who need to lose weight
Dead wrong. Being fat is only one of countless health problems attributed to reckless eating habits.
Did you know that you could experience a heart attack even if you have the perfect body mass index (preferred weight for your age and height)? I’ve seen it happen to a skinny person and it’s no prettier than seeing it happen to a fat person. In fact, in a way it looks even more pathetic.
Athletes don’t need to lose weight but they still eat healthy. Why? Because they understand that the human body is a biological machine and fuel comes in the form of food. They also understand that the trash the sabotage their performance also comes in the form of food.
Simply put, just coz you’re not fat doesn’t mean you’re healthy.