“healthy food”

There are so many ways people define “healthy food:”

  • calories
  • fat content
  • number of carbs
  • amount of sodium
  • processed vs. not
  • organic
  • raw
  • vegetarian/vegan

and so on.

In reality, any of these have the possibility of being unhealthy.

In my opinion, calories don’t make a food or drink healthy/unhealthy.  If something is no-cal but has a ton of artificial junk in it, is it healthy?  Some people avoid foods like nuts and avocados because they are high-fat, high-calorie foods.  But they’re some of the best things you can eat — in moderation.  The problem isn’t the calories, it’s the portion size.  It’s possible to eat all as-nature-intended foods and still gain weight — but that’s not because the foods are unhealthy.

I posted a while back about the assumption that vegetarianism is healthy.  It can be healthy, but it can also be just as malnourishing as any other diet.

There are lots of diets that will help you lose weight, but just because you’re losing weight doesn’t mean you’re living in a way that is more healthy.

If you’re trying to be “more healthy,” look at what you mean by that.  Are you trying to lose weight?  Are you trying to eat foods that are more nourishing to your body?  Are you trying to combat carb addiction?  (Not all carbs are bad!)  Figure out specifically what you want to do, what your goal is, then go from there.

There is no one-size-fits-all answer.  No matter what path you choose, you will be praised for it by some and condemned for it by others, so ignore them all.  Choose for yourself.  What path suits you?

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