Trying to get healthy 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 seriously one of the biggest barriers to health is that there is so much info out there on how to be healthy that it is 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 maybe aren’t necessary for those of us just boarding the healthy living strugglebus.
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Healthy Things You Don’t Need
1. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are touted as a legit superfood and that is for pretty good reason. They contain large amounts of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and they are 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 jam for example) 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 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 are not powerlifting, some sort of athlete or getting recommendation from your doctor to be on protein powder then that shit is probably not necessary. And just because we’re getting controversial here I will 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 then that is totally great, and I get it. I also 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 actually have 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 drink 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 one.
With the amount of junk in food these days buying organic obviously seems like the better option. However, there are tons of us who can’t just afford to buy organic produce all the time. Additionally, there has 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 would 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 are needing to choose between regular and organic then I would recommend you 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!