I recently discovered an enlightening and well-written article from the UK Guardian newspaper.
It totally rips to shreds the idea that you can ‘detox’ and purify your body to be healthy. It hammers home the point that I entirely advocate– a healthy way of eating is not difficult. This was my favourite bit:
“Most people think that you should restrict or pay particular attention to certain food groups, but this is totally not the case,” she says. “The ultimate lifestyle ‘detox’ is not smoking, exercising and enjoying a healthy balanced diet like the Mediterranean diet.”
Close your eyes, if you will, and imagine a Mediterranean diet. A red chequered table cloth adorned with meats, fish, olive oil, cheeses, salads, wholegrain cereals, nuts and fruits. All these foods give the protein, amino acids, unsaturated fats, fibre, starches, vitamins and minerals to keep the body – and your immune system, the biggest protector from ill-health – functioning perfectly.
So why, then, with such a feast available on doctor’s orders, do we feel the need to punish ourselves to be healthy?
The bold is my own emphasis. What I want you to get from this article is there is no such thing as perfect health, and restricting your food in whatever capacity does not make you healthy.
Health is purely balance, and not extreme.