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Healthy Is…

  • August 14, 2014
  • By Brittany

You guys! I was having a conversation with my mom the other day and I said, “Sometimes I feel like I follow all the rules and yet I’m the one bearing the brunt of all the rules.” I mean, I pay my taxes, I have a job, I vote…but then somehow the rules come back and nip me in the behind. Ok, this all stems from the fact that my blog was SUSPENDED yesterday! What!? I’ve never been suspended from anything before. Apparently, all the SPAM that I get violated the terms and conditions of my domain host. That’s right, the criminals trying to get us to buy their fake Louis Vuittons and Christian Louboutins who leave messages like “your story is so compelling when I glide across the silver lake” caused my blog to be suspended. I can’t even begin to tell you how irritated I was! I mean, I don’t want these people here any more than the next person! I diligently spam and delete these comments. Apparently that’s not enough since the fact that they are even on my server in my php file is enough to cause a threat. Anyways, I’ll be making some changes to hopefully prevent this in the future but, man, was I mad.

Switching gears . . .

Healthy eating should be easy, right?  I mean you eat fruits and veggies, whole grains and lean proteins and you’re good.  Well, yes and no.  I, along with probably a vast majority of Americans (and other Western countries), rely on more than just simple unprocessed foods.  I work full-time and try to enjoy life.  I don’t have time to sit in the kitchen every single day and make 100% of what I eat from scratch.  Don’t even get me started about eating while traveling.  So I rely on things that come in packages.  Cereals, drinks, pizza crusts, energy bars, etc.  This is where things get stickier.  How can I tell if what I’m eating is healthy?

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For that matter, what is healthy?  My view of healthy has changed significantly over the years.  For awhile I got caught up in the low fat or fat-free trend.  As long as there is no fat, it’s good for you, right?  Not so much.  Also low in calories doesn’t mean high in nutrients.  What about organic versus non-organic?  Should I care about GMOs?   High fructose corn syrup?
I go to the grocery store and I see huge labels with words like “health”, “natural” “organic”, “gluten-free.”  Are these products better for me?  Sometimes I feel like I need a nutrition degree just to eat on a daily basis.

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I’m not sure I have all the answers, but what I do know is that there are different versions of what is healthy. I think the first thing you need to do is ask yourself, what are you trying to achieve? Are you trying to lose weight? Are you trying to eat less processed foods? Do you just want to feel like you are making good choices most of the time? Maybe you have a few goals.

Once you’ve decided on your end game, the next step is to figure out how to get there. This is where it becomes tricky because there is no one right answer for everyone and the answers are not always clear cut. Even after spending years investing my time in the healthy living community, I still have questions. I think speaking with a professional, like a registered dietician (check out my friend Melissa’s blog), is a good option for a lot of people and can help you get on the right track.

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Even if you don’t speak with a professional, identifying foods that contain wholesome ingredients is so important. The closer you can stay to actual, recognizable ingredients, the better your chances of finding products that are actually good for you. These days, I look less at the packaging prepared by people with marketing degrees and more at the tiny print of ingredients. If it contains a chemical, I try to shy away. My goal is to recognize every ingredient on the package. I can’t say it happens 100% of the time, but the more it happens, the better.

Readers, what does healthy mean to you? Do you think that the foods we consume are marketed as being healthy when they aren’t? Ever had trouble with spam?

*I’m not a registered dietician or nutritionist. All information contained in this post is based on my opinion.

By Brittany, August 14, 2014
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  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    August 14, 2014

    Ugh, bummer your blog got suspended! Glad things are back to normal!

    The definition of healthy is truly unique to everybody. For me it’s eating lots of fresh produce, avoiding unprocessed foods as much as possible and when I do choose processed foods like granola bars, bread, pasta, etc., I read the nutrition labels and find foods with as little ingredients as possible. We also make our meals from scratch as much as possible as well. Like you, I work full-time as well, so sometimes this isn’t always practical, but we do make an effort to do so.

    • FitBritt
      August 17, 2014

      I completely agree with your approach. I’m hoping I can still maintain a good cooking schedule after the baby gets here!

  • Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    August 14, 2014

    Omg those awful spammers! I laughed out loud at “your story is so compelling when I glide across the silver lake” — thats so spot on. I love this post- I’m trying the primal diet in order to cut out the unprocessed stuff from my diet. i want to see if its going to make a difference in my allergies, how i feel, etc.

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    August 14, 2014

    There are so many definitions of healthy, it truly makes my head spin. I honestly can’t tell most of the time. I try to go by the rule that if its natural (grown etc) then its generally good for you. If not it could be questionable. Some say fruit is good, some say bad….but I have never heard a bad word spoken against kale unless you are you know…cooking it in butter or something LOL

    sorry about the spammers, it has been getting completely out of control lately!

    • FitBritt
      August 17, 2014

      Haha. Yeah, sometimes I wonder how healthy my kale chips are with the olive oil and salt… But at least I’m getting some veggies!

  • Kim
    August 14, 2014

    Yikes – I didn’t even know that could happen with your domain and spam. Sometimes I think that the work involved in blogging is almost too much but then I look at the rewards and the great people I’ve met through blogging.
    I try to eat and cook as healthy as possible – I just do what I’ve done for years and don’t get to wrapped in anything else.

  • Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy
    August 15, 2014

    I’m sorry to hear about your spam problems. Uggh. What a pain. I use the plug in, Akismet and it helps a lot! I agree with your views on healthy eating. I try to eat as “real” and “simple” as possible. Obviously, sometimes I get off track, but I always strive to get back to real food!

    • FitBritt
      August 17, 2014

      That’s the thing! I have Akismet and I have no idea what happened! It’s so frustrating!

      I totally agree about your real food comment.

  • Heidi @ Idlehide Blog
    August 15, 2014

    sorry about the blogger problems! All those fresh veggies are making me want to go down to the Farmers Market tomorrow morning:)

  • Holly
    August 15, 2014

    Too bad about the SPAMY-thing. So glad you are back! I like your post and I am going to send it to someone I know who struggles with eating in a way to enhance health and loose weight. I think you always have to look back and look ahead when planning what to eat. It is all a balance!!

  • Lisa @ Lulus Big Adventure
    August 17, 2014

    I was wondering what was up with your blog! How annoying!

    I think so much of the labeling on food is a direct result of marketing schemes and the diet industry, so I try to ignore it all and concentrate on the nutrition label and eat as much produce as I can. I try not to get too caught up in it all.

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