Trying to improve my life
I need to lose a lot of weight. I began thinking about coming up with a nutrition and exercise plan. Am I going to go back to the gym? If so, which one? I really do enjoy lifting weights. Then I thought, “Maybe as a goal I should plan on competing in a body building contest”. This would give me something to work towards and set goals for myself. Besides, I’ve always wanted to do it. Then I began thinking about how extreme the diet would be for me. I don’t eat very well and the thought of changing my diet to a healthier one is overwhelming. What would I eat? Foods labeled “organic” are really expensive, but are they any healthier? I keep reading op/eds about how GMOs are being linked to cancer but they never list the studies that they are citing. Would I take supplements? I don’t have the money or stomach to take a lot of supplements. I’ve tried whey proteins, fat burners, and various others and the taste and side effects I just can’t handle. So I started researching natural body building contest and ran across an interesting article, one that got me thinking. The article was basically asking what is “natural”. The author asked is swallowing several grams of creatine, BCAAs, and whey protein “natural”. Then I started thinking about the natural hair community (I have natural hair). There is a hesitation, dare I say resentment, to even defining what “natural” hair is. There is a popular hair conditioner that a lot of natural hair women use that claims to be natural, but close inspection of the ingredients shows that it is anything but natural. How can a company put “natural” in the title and synthetic ingredients in the bottle? The FDA does not regulate for this claim. If a company feels that they have a “natural” product they can say it is natural.
It seems like we are inundated with words and phrases like natural, go green, and organic, but what does it really mean to live a natural lifestyle? Is it possible in this modern era of silicones and genetically modified food to be “natural”? I don’t know, but I think this will be a fun experiment to try. With obesity, cancer, and diabetes being apart of my genetics even a few changes may be beneficial to my overall health.
***Side note: I like buying and trying all sorts of products, especially cosmetics. So this may be more difficult than I think.
In order to really make changes in my lifestyle I needed to know the definition of the word natural so that I can make informed decisions when purchasing products. So I broke out the old Webster’s dictionary and found the following (number 4 being the most relevant):
Natural (nach’ er el, nach’rel) 1. existing in or formed by nature: a natural bridge 2. of or pertaining to nature: the natural world 3. in a state of nature; uncultivated, as land 4. having undergone little or no processing and containing no chemical additives; natural food
I know that it will be slowing going at first as I begin changing my thought process on purchasing items. I will most definitely need a plan of attack but with time I think I can be successful at changing my lifestyle.