I grew up in the era of the Atkins diet. As I entered my teen years, my parents were on this whole Atkins-low-carb-tons-of-meat life and the name was splashed over numerous products at the grocery store. It wasn’t really until the end of high school that I myself got into diets. Right around the time my metabolism changed and greasy chocolate chip cookies were not a viable lunch option. They were dark days indeed.
Having obviously known zero concept of diets, this whole self-control-when-you-eat lifestyle was foreign and quite frankly sucked. I went right to my parents first looking for Mr. Atkins. I was ready. But, alas, by that time, Atkins was discovered to be unhealthy and the South Beach diet was now the way to really get in the shape of your life. I went to the grocery store perusing the aisles and true to form, it had replaced all the product’s packaging. All right, I thought, I guess this is it now. Shortly after that, it was paleo, gluten-free, 100 calorie everything packs, vegan, vegetarian, for a time pescatarian. . . and then I just got over it.
I longed for the days greasy goodness was an option and my waistline would happily remain the same. I was frustrated that none of these diets seemed to work for more than a few months. I actually considered giving into the diet pills fad. WTF. That was my final straw.
Over the years I’ve sought different doctors, healers, researchers and friends to find the perfect diet. Everyone I’ve spoken to has had contradictory advice, which has led to the belief that health is not one size fits all. It’s a combination of different approaches, which should all include exercise and portion control, as well as cheating (especially cheating). All these years and the answer was just: do you and make sure to get some greens in there.
Balance is not prevalent in Western culture. We are a hoarding, over-eating, indulgent people. The perfect bedrock for the diet business to have soared. We’re all looking for the short-cut answers that don’t require patience and searching within. Health is unique to each of us. Some of us need meat, others don’t. Some of us need carbs, others need less. We all come in different shapes and sizes, so how could any universal diet advice cater to us all? This seems to be the approach that makes the most sense.
People in Spain, France and Italy eat so much more calorific foods and carbs, yet are still thinner and happier. Answer: they eat small portions, walk around a lot and are definitely less obsessed with stress than we are. Health, in addition to being unique to each of us, is also a holistic approach. What’s inside your brains and heart is an integral part of being at a healthy weight and size. Another component which has long been ignored until recently.
While we here at The Emerald Journal do not have our M.D., we humbly have decided that a holistic healthy life is not as simple to deduce with one universal diet. And we’re cool with that. We consume plant-based yumminess. . . but we don’t rob ourselves of craft beer and eating cold pasta right out of the fridge container. We move and groove our asses to some cardio, yoga, circuit training, whatever feels right that day. And most importantly, we cleanse our minds and life by choosing to put our time towards work with meaning, leaving as little room as possible for stress and negativity.
Peace + love + greens + movement + cheating = #Health
Do you have a diet story? Have you followed any of the latest diet trends? Or, do you wanna tell us how much you dig our health equation above? Let us know!