What is balance? How is balance achieved? Why is it important? Is balance the same for everyone? These are great questions and most do not know the answers.
As consumers, we seek the answers to these questions as well as others trying to find the key to good health or good balance. The balance that allows the body to function properly to do the things that is required of it. We are bombarded with infomercials, ads, and talk show hosts (the experts), that all offer the perfect program that works for everyone and works fast. Sorry, no such luck. Any successful program will not be quick and will last a lifetime. It will take trial and error and encompass all facets of health, i.e. body, mind, soul.
It’s important to remember individuality. No one body is the same. No one body has all of the same issues. Some things work for one that may not work for another. I watched a very popular talk show host today that was advertising a new diet. This diet was recommended by a panel of doctors and was ‘guaranteed’ to help one lose weight and keep it off. It found that ‘health’ balance. Weight loss was achieved, oh yes, but you plateau after 2 weeks :(. The next thing was the chart of recommended daily allowances of carbs, fruit/veggies, meat and seafood. It was way off. It reminded me of the ‘old’ food pyramid. 6-8 servings of breads/grains, 4-6 servings of fruits/veggies, (I couldn’t look at anymore after seeing the carbs) and this Dr. said “Eat all the seafood you want. It’s good for you. We need to eat more seafood”. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Then the testimonies started. I lost 8 pounds, I lost 6 pounds (after one week). Wrong, wrong, wrong. I’m sorry! I have to say it.
At the end of the segment, it was announced that this diet was created by cardiologists for their patients that needed to lose weight quickly for health reasons. Really? So this is good for anyone wanting to lose weight and regain that ‘balance’? They claimed the weight loss comes quickly and stays off. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing (and seeing). Yes, maybe for a little while if you have weight loss surgery. By the way, one of the panelists was a weight doctor.
My rebuttal! This is very wrong. Just another diet (temporary fix). Reducing intake will definitely make anyone lose weight. Changing bad habits will make one lose weight. This is also why the plateau comes so early. Where is the health in this picture? Where is the lifestyle change that is needed for maintaining good health? Eating more seafood and more carbs than fruits/veggies is not it. Ok, so the panel said it is a healthy diet and easy to maintain. Where did these doctors come from? They are still promoting the old food pyramid which has been proven ineffective to good health. Is the public that gullible?
Good health (balance) comes from a well balanced diet, exercise, and the ability to channel stress properly. How do you get it? Through a good foundation, trial and error, proper lab work. It takes time. A good way to find the base of a good diet, is lab tests to find deficiencies and allergies or the beneficial foods based on blood type. The beneficial foods are foods that are required for good health. Let’s not forget the detoxification. In my opinion, also very important. Due to preservatives, pesticides and unhealthy chemicals put in every day food and cleansers, the liver is overworked. Many toxins are absorbed by the body and cause long term damage.
Balance is proper exercise. Many factors determine a good exercise program. Some require slow, methodical exercise and some require hard core, aggressive exercise. Stretching regularly is good for both types and good for the joints as well as resistance training. It’s best to hire a knowledgeable personal trainer to assist in mastering technique and to create a unique routine that benefits the individual.
Managing stress also creates balance (good health). Stress causes inflammation. Inflammation is the catapult to many diseases and wreaks havoc on our bodies. Our society has made stress a part of life which should not be. Our society has no patience and requires constant expediency and job stress is out of control. If this stress is not re-directed, it can kill.
As you can probably tell, it really bothers me when I see such shows and advertisements on these quick fix programs that are not healthy and do not promote health and longevity.
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