The Issue of Healthy Eating

- POSTED ON: Mar 29, 2014

 "Eating Healthy"  - What does that mean?

Health:
  the state of being free from illness or injury.

Healthy:
in good health. "I feel fit and healthy."

Eating:
taking into the mouth, chewing and swallowing food.

Most everyone believes that it's good for people to follow a “healthy diet”. There are many different opinions on what specific foods constitute "healthy eating", but, what does "healthy eating" really mean?

Healthy eating means eating a variety of food that gives one's body the nutrients it needs to maintain its health. (Nutrients are protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals.)

Most people have a basic knowledge of what foods work for them, and naturally eat accordingly. What about getting more knowledge about food, would that make us more free of illness or injury? How much of our attention do we need to focus on how "healthy" our eating is? Too much focus on how to eat healthy is now labeled as an "eating disorder", Orthorexia, which is characterized by an extreme or excessive preoccupation with avoiding foods perceived to be "unhealthy".

Those who advocate "healthy eating" primarily focus on eating "correctly" to  AVOID the future consequence of becoming sick, developing disease, and death. But can ANY eating behavior REALLY give one a GUARANTEE of future good health?

No it can't. The reality is that we are all going to die. The bodies of those of us who live long enough to become old will wear out. Many of us will get injured, become ill, or develop disease before that happens … no matter how "healthy" our eating is. My personal opinion is that we need to lighten up, and stop taking the issue of "Eating Healthy" so seriously.

Below is a video of comedian, Lewis Black, ranting about milk and water in our "Health" conscious Culture. Warning: It contains Profanity. 


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