There are two kinds of health: 1) The superficial type that the media wants us to achieve. 2) The health that is truly good for our own bodies and lifestyle.
Can you guess which one I support? 🙂
Take a look at any health magazine cover and you will see tag-lines such as “six-pack abs and you eat pasta too!”, “the best diet for losing inches off your waistline!”, or “gluten-free recipes that’ll make your skin glow!”. These words are often coupled with images of a stereo-typically Ken or Barbie doll “healthy” person.
Diet and physical appearance are inextricably linked, this is true, yes. With our optimal diet, we will most definitely look our absolute best.
But what defines our optimal diet and our most beautiful bodies is NOT something to be decided by the media! It doesn’t make sense for us to all be counting calories and eating low-carb in order to look like some version of Jennifer Aniston. That is just not possible, and it is not something to be desired. Why shouldn’t we celebrate our best health and how it looks on our bodies?
Truth is..there needs to be a shift in our food and health culture. There is no one-size-fits-all healthy diet, just like there is no one-size-is-best healthy body type!
It is time we take action and help spread nutrition education and redefine what healthy looks like. The foods we consume have an important impact on our health, but we shouldn’t let the media place a moral value on certain foods. Carbs are not inherently bad, just like kale is not inherently good. Nutrition education is the first step towards selecting the best balance of nutrients for our bodies, and self-love is key towards helping others see that healthy looks different on every body!