Tuesday, 2 June 2015

On trying (and sometimes failing) to be healthy


There's something that I've just got to get off my chest at the beginning of this post, and that's that it really annoys me when 'healthy' people act as though their lifestyles are superior to those of others. I mean, well done and all that but are you really deserving of god-like status for sticking to a strict, probably raw/vegan/paleo, diet and refusing every offer of cake, chocolate or fizzy beverages that come your way? You are not Chris Traeger from Parks and Rec.

I'm a firm believer in being realistic with your lifestyle, by which I mean always making an effort to make good choices with food and to hit the gym 2-4 times a week, but to also indulge in the finer things in life a few times a week. I don't always stick to this ideal, but I don't beat myself up and go on a 5 day juice plan because I was naughty and ordered a massive dominoes for the first time in a couple of months.

With fitspo a huge deal right now on social media (I'm looking at you, Insta) it seems impossible to get away from these crazy eating and exercise plans, and sometimes I feel myself leaning towards giving one a go, but I always catch myself lusting after a 6-pack and remember that you can't get one of those by hitting the vending machine up every-other lunch hour. I cannot deny myself and I also won't spend 2 hours a day exercising my butt off. I just won't.

So while if you feel a little unhealthy, maybe bloated, sluggish or not quite as svelte as you may have been a couple of years ago some positive changes to your diet and exercise might be a good thing, don't you dare feel pressured to bust a gut to produce quick results or look like a fitness model. It's definitely not the worst thing in the world that healthy living is really on the up these days, but don't get caught up in the fads or the extreme versions of things. It's more important to love the skin you're in!
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