The Misperception of a “Healthy Lifestyle”

In today’s society, the media has truly taken over. Now, I’ve noticed it in so many ways and each one was unbearable to realize. The idea of great health is now “low fat milk and a low calorie diet” along with some whole grains and tons of fruits and veggies. That’s it. Nothing to it. If this is the case, then why are so many people in bad shape? Why are so many people sick? Most of our loved ones have some type of illness whether it be diabetes type 2, cancer, high cholesterol, obesity, etc. These rates are higher than what it naturally should be. Adults get older expecting one today’s most common illnesses. As more people get sick and fat, the higher the hospital bill’s fly. Is it so surprising that America has a

serious health industry dilemma?

Who can we absolutely blame? The manufacturers who make the food? The person himself who should know whats healthy for him/her? The corporations? Maybe even your doctor?

It’s hard to say.


Personally, I can’t blame anyone. As much sense I’d want to put into the average person in America, they can’t be blamed. Even growing up, some type of idea of health has been implanted in their brains. Vegetables and fruit are good for you. It’s important not to eat “too much” … whatever that is.  Don’t be lazy or you’ll get fat. Blegh.

The number one reason why I believe people are so unhealthy is because we are so knowledgeable of what a healthy lifstyle really is, we look to the media. We look to fad-diets. We take advice from that weight loss program ad we’ve seen so many celebrities lose weight from. Gotta trust them, right? We look to our prescribed medicine. We think its all fine then. But it gets worse.

The same low-fat food with the ‘invisible’ high sugar content raises the level of acidity in our body, making it heaven for tons of cancers. The same low-priced lean meat we find at our local commercial grocery contains chemicals and hormones given to the animals to prevent them from disease and what they like to call… “malnutrition” to raise production and sales quicker not only slows our metabolism, but makes our bodies have to fight harder to get rid of toxins, which can also lead to a poor immune system, poor metabolism and cancers. That new gluten free diet didn’t work. It is only effective for those who have ACTUAL intolerances to gluten products and for those who actually have minor reactions to it, like bloating and sugar spikes in their system, making it necessary to follow the diet so they can lose those few pounds, which doesn’t work for everyone.

We all try to take advice from that “he said, she said” blabber. But are we really learned our bodies the way we should? Individuality makes us all different; our bodies crave different things. Should you really be doing a low-carb diet to lose weight just because everyone else does it? Should you be working out five ours a day just because the results have been supurflous for someone else? Are cheically altered foods and diet pills really going to teach you how you should be keeping yourself healthy?

Is it really that hard to take care of your hair, nails, body, weight gain and muscle tone?

Is it too expensive to eat right?

Is it hard to eat healthy?

 

Well, if you ask me, no.

 

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Almond Butter: Maranatha and the beauty of Almond butter inside AND out

Along with ’em being tasty and all, they are full of fiber (which is a necessity) and tons of vitamins. Even though they are full of fat, it’s the fat that we actually need. It’s the fat that isn’t processed and is unsaturated. It’s the fat that keeps us healthy and strong. Along with other nuts, it’s also full of protein to keep those muscles nice and sturdy. Eating nuts in general can help lower cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) which can increase the healthiness of your heart! (the fats are supposedly helping lower cholesterol) I’ve also read somewhere that nuts have been suggested to improve your arteries which reduce the risk of blood clots and such.

Let’s go over the upsides of nuts:

• Omega 3 – perhaps one of the most important things that your body needs. Mostly found in fish, these fatty acids are very, very important in anyone’s diet. They can relieve inflammation and pain in the body, are healthy for the heart, can contribute to better metabolism productivity and more. :] You can get more information on Omega 3 with this nice presentation on fish and krill oils.

• Vitamins – Vitamin E is in this nut; high amounts of it I believe. Vitamin E can help your arteries fight plaque buildup.

• Protein – good for those veggie-tarians. Replacing nuts with beef jerky as a snack can be a healthier choice.

• Fiber – 15-25g a day, and we’ll get rid of waste efficiently.

• They taste good and are convenient! You can throw some spices on them (limit yourself to avoid the high sodium and whatnot) and you’re on your way once you put them in a plastic bag.

Now, you have all of these benefits in a nice and creamy spread called almond butter. It might two-toned and nuttier in taste, unlike peanut butter, but it is VERY tasty.

For my first try of almond butter, I chose Maranatha. (Maranatha: Butter All Natural No Stir Almond Creamy)

Other than the taste, what I like about this almond butter is that is a bit inexpensive. I bought this for $3 and some change. The peanut butter is a dollar below this price, I believe, so if you don’t wanna invest in this, go right for the regular stuff.

I chose the “All Natural” type since I didn’t realize they had the organic kinds. GO FOR THE ORGANIC. :] But if you don’t see it, or whatever the reason, all natural is fine. It’s not going to kill you.

The ingredients in mine were: Dry Roasted Almonds, Organic Unrefined Cane Sugar, Palm Oil, Sea Salt…

I have to do some research on palm oil… but for now, it’s cool with me.

Take a look inside

Here, you can see that lovely color. I would definitely recommend this one, since I haven’t yet tried the others and this one tastes phenomenal.

Recap:

• Raw varieties (all of the good stuff isn’t lost; doesn’t become too rancid due to roasting process)

• Organic varieties

• Little to just ONE ingredient: almonds! ; the ingredients that are present won’t harm a fly

• no salt options

• great taste and it has less than 3g of sugar. (honey is awesome)

• inexpensive

• Nice color!

View their website @ http://www.maranathafoods.com/

I bought it from walmart. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Maranatha-All-Natural-No-Stir-Almond-Creamy-Butter-12-oz/10811103

and of course, you’ll see my review down there somewhere.

I also bought some fresh almond butter from the Farmer’s Market. Blended right in front of me. To be honest, I prefer maranatha due to the creaminess and already added sweetness. However, the fresher version is good for making granola or something.

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Why? Well it started in Guatemala last week. I was eating in the weightlifting chow hall with Donny Shankle and thinking about the food. The meal that day included a sort of salad. Tasted like it had some kale in it, had some green beans, some corn, lettuce, and bits of bacon. There were diced up potatoes, cooked with onions. Diced up carrots that most people seemed to be mixing up with the potatoes and onions. And chicken. Not fried chicken, just chicken. It was representative of most of the meals, mostly vegetables and meat, some potatoes or rice. Nothing fancy. I remarked to Donny that it would be hard to overeat and get fat on such food. Not that it wasn’t good, it was tasty enough, but it was nothing you would want to go on eating once your hunger had been satisfied. And it wasn’t calorie dense, mostly…

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