Tacos over salads
I was inspired to write this post after engaging in numerous conversations about the perception of health and the lack of effort many individuals are willing to invest in achieving their stated goals. As humans, we tend to seek quick fixes and take the path of least resistance, which is understandable considering the multitude of responsibilities we juggle daily. However, what happens when we only put in half-hearted efforts or fail to put in the necessary work? We don't achieve the desired results or outcomes unless we settle for less. But in this human experience, anything worth pursuing is rarely easy (cliché as it may sound), and why should it be? Like many others, I need a reason to get up every day, something to strive for, and something that holds me accountable. For me, the journey towards health encompasses both mental and physical aspects. I challenge you to reflect on your relationship with your mind and body, and to identify your true priorities. This exploration can be a profound journey, as our minds influence our relationships, daily interactions, and self-perception and confidence. The abilities of our bodies also directly impact these experiences. When we feel terrible physically, we are more likely to exhibit negative behavior.
For those who want to lose weight, it's important to remember that you didn't gain it all in one day, so don't expect to lose it overnight. Similarly, for those who aim to get stronger and faster, daily consistency in resistance training and proper nutrition is crucial. We choose where we put our focus each day, and that's where the topic of "Salads" comes in. Whole foods play a vital role in promoting overall health and well-being. Unlike processed foods with unhealthy additives, preservatives, and refined ingredients, whole foods provide essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and fiber in their natural state. However, not all salads are inherently healthy. Many pre-made or restaurant salads can be loaded with unhealthy dressings, excessive cheese, fried toppings, and sugary additives, negating their nutritional benefits. To ensure a truly healthy salad, opt for fresh, nutrient-dense ingredients like leafy greens, colorful vegetables, lean proteins, and a light dressing. Moreover, incorporating a variety of whole foods beyond salads contributes to a well-rounded and nourishing diet. Embarking on a journey towards fitness and good eating doesn't have to be overwhelming. Start with small life changes, such as opting for whole grains, fruits, and vegetables in your daily routine. Consider joining a gym or fitness class to enhance your physical activity and gain accountability through structured workouts and support. Remember, consistency and persistence are key, and even the smallest steps can lead to significant transformations.
Social media has become a powerful influence in shaping our perception of health, often leading to skewed perspectives. On platforms like Instagram and TikTok, carefully curated posts and filters can create an unrealistic standard of what it means to be healthy. Images of flawless bodies, fad diets, and extreme workout routines can create an unhealthy comparison culture, fostering feelings of inadequacy and body dissatisfaction. It's important to remember that real health goes beyond appearances. It encompasses mental well-being, balanced nutrition, regular physical activity, and self-care. Instead of relying solely on social media for health information, it's essential to seek guidance from qualified professionals and focus on individualized, sustainable approaches that prioritize overall well-being and self-acceptance. By cultivating a healthy relationship with social media and prioritizing actual health, we can foster a more positive and balanced perception of what it means to be truly healthy.
I hope this sparks some insight in how you approach your days. We invest in our health now or pay for it later. Next we will start to unpack the experience of growing up morbidly obese and the effects of my own depression as I found my fitness path and prepare for fatherhood. And maybe whatever else I get caught thinking about and want to share.
-💚Trev, a former fat guy who decided he wanted to live a pretty rad life.
Many individuals lack the effort to achieve their health goals and seek quick fixes.
True success requires consistent work and dedication.
Whole foods are essential for overall health, but not all salads are healthy.
Opt for fresh, nutrient-dense ingredients in salads and incorporate a variety of whole foods.
Start with small changes in diet and consider joining a gym for accountability and support.
Social media skews our perception of health, creating unrealistic standards.
Real health goes beyond appearances and includes mental well-being, balanced nutrition, and self-care.
Seek guidance from professionals and prioritize sustainable approaches.
Cultivate a healthy relationship with social media to foster a positive perception of true health.