7.17.2017

A Start


Forget what you think you know about human health. Let's start from scratch.

There's so much misinformation about health out there, it's dizzying. Sometimes it's hard to know what to believe. Health "experts" are constantly changing their minds about what's supposedly good for us, and it can be exhausting trying to keep up.

"Eggs are bad for you- NO wait! It's actually just the yolks that have too much cholesterol, just eat the whites- HOLD UP WE WERE WRONG it's all good for you, just make sure not to eat more than one egg a day!"

Honestly, I'm so sick of it. But many of us have bought into this endless cycle. We take what the Dr. Oz's of the world have to say at face value. And our collective health has suffered as a consequence. So strip away any preconceived notions about low-fat being beneficial and counting calories as the only way to lose weight. Let's start from scratch and dig in to what it actually means to be healthy. 

My own health journey.
Like most of us, I grew up on the SAD (Standard American Diet. yes, that's the real acronym and yes, it's ironically appropriate). Think frozen waffles, powdered lemonade, and that totally suspicious, jiggly cranberry sauce that still has the shape of the can once you plop it out for Thanksgiving dinner. It was just the way we ate, the way everyone ate. 
Thankfully, my family has a much better understanding of nutrition now, but my health wasn't built on the greatest foundation. And ever since I was a kid, I've had a plethora of health issues. I'd have constant nausea and mild but persistent pains that seemed to have no origin. And in the more recent years, chest pain, spells of dizziness, achy joints, and shooting back pain. 
But they had just become a part of daily life, a part of me. I assumed it would always be something I would just have to "deal with". The problems were never severe  or debilitating enough for me to think I needed change. It never occurred to me that everything I consumed had the power to alter what was going on in my body. 
So a little over a year ago, I decided to do something about it. I wanted to make a change in my health, in how I was taking care of myself. So I did. I cut out sugar, processed foods, vegetable oils, grains, and any inflammatory foods. I started delving into the world of health, not realizing I was opening the door to a new obsession and passion. And I got hooked. Fast. 
And as I started to see change in my own body, I couldn't help but talk about it. Nagging my family, mostly. I'd be talking to my brother about raw milk and the ridiculous food politics behind its legality, when I'd see his eyes start to glaze over. And okay, I don't blame him, poor kid.
But I can't unlearn what I have. And I can't look at food the same anymore, like seriously, I've tried. A package of Oreos just isn't as appealing to me as a cup of ripe cherries. Not just because my palate has changed, but because I know what's in those Oreos. I don't wanna put all the junk that's in those cookies into my body anymore. And that's what kind of amazing to me, how a mind can change when confronted with knowledge, and how a body can adjust when nourished with real food. 
And that's honestly all I really hope to share with others.

But I'm still learning.
Health is a fairly new passion of mine, so I'm still no expert. I'm just trying to figure this all out, too. I'm doing the best I can for my body right now. But I'm still tweaking my diet. I'm still finding out what works for my body, and what doesn't. I'm still researching and learning and discovering new things. And I still occasionally eat that delicious banana creme french toast that's served at my local diner because, let's be real, a girl's gotta live every once in a while.
I'm not a doctor (clearly) or a dietician (obviously) or even a decent cook (sadly). I have no certifications or degrees, just internet access, the hours of research I've done, and my own body to experiment on. I'm just someone who stumbled into the world of health and wellness and accidentally fell in love with it, and I want to share what I've learned with others. I'm still learning too, kids. 

What's to come.
I'm starting this blog because I want to share what I've learned. Being educated about our food is the first step to making impactful changes within our lives. 
So! What will I be talking about on here? Glad you asked! (this is me desperately trying to make this like a back-and-forth convo here okay)
I have so many things planned, like deconstructing popular health myths, touching on food politics, simple tips for improving your health, and mostly just encouraging anyone who'll give me the time of day that there's a better way. We don't have to buy into conventional wisdom that's bred sugar-addicted kids, rampant autoimmune disease, and overweight, depressed adults. There's a better way if you just seek it. 

Now here's the deal: I never want to make anyone feel guilty about what they choose to eat. If you want to live you entire life consuming PopTarts and Pepsi in large quantities, that is totally up to you. I won't shame ya. (though I will be praying for you and your poor blood sugar) 
And maybe I'm just a hopeless optimist, but I do believe that when most people have the knowledge and power pertaining their food choices, they make good ones. Education is important. And that's what I hope to do- educate!

So here's the first post. The intro, whatever. I've been planning this blog for months now, and I'm so excited it's finally come to life. 
So leave me a comment! What are the things you've always wondered about nutrition? Are there any specific topics you'd like to see me cover? Let me know, I'm genuinely curious! Or leave a hate comment- you do you. 

Cheers,
Mel

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