Trying to get healthier is such a mess, seriously it feels like you have to slip on your hip waders to get through all the bullshit. I think this is one of the biggest barriers for average bitches like me just trying to be healthy- there’s so much info out there on *how* to be healthy that it ends up being completely overwhelming.
After my second baby when I was trying to change my diet for the better, I got to a place where I was thinking I had to buy all sort of expensive “superfood” type items or I would be doing it “wrong”. Now before I dig in here, I just want to say that I don’t have a problem with these items, I just think that they aren’t necessary for those of us just boarding the healthy living strugglebus.
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3 “Healthy” Things You Probably Don’t Need
1. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are touted as a legit superfood and that’s for pretty good reason. They contain large amounts of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and they’re also great sources of fibre and protein. There’s also about a million other reasons they are good for you and you should include them in your diet, but let’s be real- that’s not what you’re here for.
Chia seeds are insanely expensive so if you don’t have a specific recipe in mind (like chia pudding for example… although I heard this is actually pretty gross) then I really wouldn’t bother. Your average person just looking to eat healthier and cook for their family doesn’t need to be loading up on chia seeds. They just don’t.
I have chia seeds on occassion but that’s because it is in Qia cereal, which is one of my favorite smoothie toppings. But to be honest it totally isn’t necessary and I would consider my health level as “intermediate” at this point.
Wondering why I picked these out of all the “superfoods” to pick on? Perhaps it’s the fact that they get stuck in your teeth and fuzz up, a characteristic which has personally offended me. Also- fun fact, they are the very same seeds used in Chia pets, which I feel is a much better reason to have them in your home.
2. Protein Powder or Shakes
I know this one might ruffle some feathers but my focus right here is on people trying to just eat better. If you’re not powerlifting, some sort of athlete, or getting recommendationd from your doctor to be on protein powder then that shit is probably not necessary. And just because we’re getting controversial here, I’ll just add that people typically seem to think that we all need way more protein than we actually do.
In regards to shakes, if drinking them motivates you or helps you support your friends or family members business (HAYYYYY GURLLL) then that’s totally great, and I get it. I too, have much respect for the hustle.
However, for the average person just looking to get healthy you are more than capable of pulling together proper nutrition from other sources than powdered shakes. I understand the convenience factor of these because I’ve actually used my fair share of these products in the past because I “didn’t have time to eat” or wanted to make sure I was getting “enough” of everything. But truth be told, the cost of these things can add up and it really isn’t that much harder to just eat food or make smoothies if you feel like getting your drank on is easier.
3. Organic Foods
Ha! If you thought I was going to end the controversy with that last one then think again. I decided to ramp it up for this.
With the amount of junk in food these days, buying organic obviously seems like the best option. However, there are tons of us who can’t just afford to buy organic produce all the time. Additionally, there’s been some evidence that suggests that organic food may come with it’s own set of issues. For the average beginner trying to get healthy I’d recommend that you work on getting more produce into your diet period before worrying about whether or not it’s organic. Personally I love to support local first, then organic if my budget permits.
However, if you’re dead set on getting in at least some organic produce, then you should familiarize yourself with the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen and make your choices accordingly.
Throw everything that doesn’t fit your lifestyle out the window and eat more vegetables.
What things do you think we don’t need when trying to get healthy? Let us know in the comments!