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So You Want to Be Healthy? (Part 1/2)

So you want to be healthy, huh? You want to get to your ideal weight and make lasting lifestyle changes, right? You want to have more energy and vitality…but there’s just one problem—you don’t know where to start.

Whatever your health or diet goals are, there’s not just one “holy grail” diet or product that will get you there—there are a bunch of different ways to go about it. The question is, are you doing it in a way that you actually like and believe in (and therefore can continue doing)? Because if you’re not, I guarantee you it won’t last. I speak from experience.

Being the healthiest version of yourself won’t happen by making one good choice for one meal or one day or even for a whole week. It’s about making healthy choices consistently over a sustained period of time to achieve the results you want. That’s why diets don’t work and lifestyle changes do.

I want to clear up a great misconception about diet, which is that to get results, you have to eat perfectly all the time. I’m here to tell you that this is completely false. First of all, what does “eating perfectly” look like anyway? It’s an arbitrary goal and can’t really be defined. Perfection is not the goal. It’s not possible or even necessary.

“We live in a world with such an abundance of dietary options, it’s become difficult to answer the most basic survival question: ‘What do I eat?'”

The natural human diet is and always has been more of an art and less of a science. If we look back on human history, it’s evident that humans will eat almost anything we can, from bugs to plants to tree bark to animals and in weird cases, non-food items like glass, paper and even highly refined grain products! (hehe) The question then is not what foods can we eat, but what foods will make us feel the best and help us to thrive. Ultimately, all any of us want from anything, is to feel good.

The challenge is that in today’s modern world, with our advanced scientific knowledge we tend to over think what we should eat and what it means to live a healthy lifestyle. We use our intellect too much and our common sense too little. We seem to have forgotten our most basic natural instincts. You shouldn’t need to look at double-blind studies to know that blueberries are good for you.

That’s why there’s so much grey area when it comes to “clean” or “healthy” eating. Everybody has an opinion and wants to shove their way of eating down your throat. We live in a world that contains such an abundance of options when it comes to food—what I call “dietary noise”—that it’s sometimes difficult to answer the most basic survival question: “What do I eat?”

In my next blog post, I’ll give you 5 easy steps to help you figure that out for yourself.

Cheers,

Ruben

P.S. I promise not to give you some crazy diet regimen or meal plan.

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