Eating for your health versus eating healthy food

yawyeNot many people know there’s a difference between eating for your health and healthy food. The definition of healthy food varies depending upon whom you ask. Someone who believes in a low-fat diet will tell you that whole grains are healthy. Someone who does WeightWatchers will say that everything is healthy in moderation. Adkins adherents will say low-carb is healthy. Someone who has adopted the Paleo lifestyle will tell you that foods containing grains, sugar, dairy, beans, and soy are unhealthy, and that meat, vegetables, and fruits are healthy. All these people miss the mark of what we really need to focus on: eat for your health.

We all have different genetic makeups. Upon reading countless articles by people who have done a Whole30, it is evidently clear that certain foods are bad for everyone while other foods are only bad to people of specific genetic backgrounds. Some people do okay with limited dairy or beans while others do not. The key is that people find what their bodies respond well to, what makes them feel energetic, and what fuels them the most efficiently. That’s what a Whole30 is about for me. Finding what fuels our bodies in the healthiest, most efficient way possible.

Eating healthy food is a trap. Even for those of us whose goal is to eat for our health, it’s possible to eat too much or to allow unhealthy ingredients to creep in over time. I even went the opposite direction: for months, I wasn’t eating enough. I was eating healthy food, but I wasn’t eating for my health. I was’t listening to my body: I had slight persistent hunger, my energy levels were declining, and my weight loss stopped completely. I wasn’t making progress in running (I had hit a wall in my pace), and the runs were getting progressively difficult without increasing distance or pace.

Listen to your body. Don’t get caught in the trap of eating healthy food. Eat food for your health. Find what works and what doesn’t by doing a Whole30. It’ll be one of the hardest things you’ve done, but what you learn from it will benefit you for the rest of your life.

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