Thin doesn’t necessarily mean healthy. Your quest to be thin shouldn’t leave you panicking about taking out a new health insurance policy.
We are bombarded with images of ‘healthy’ men and women in magazines and on our social media channels. Yes, they look great, but how can we possibly know if these people are good examples of healthy living? Being thin can seem like the top priority, but would you let your health suffer to achieve your summer body?
Does smoking/vaping have a place in a healthy lifestyle?
Vaping is often billed as a ‘healthier’ alternative to smoking. The liquids in e-cigarettes still contain nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive substance, and none of us would ever consider an addiction to be healthy. Just like an addiction to exercise or an addiction to calorie counting wouldn’t be healthy. It may be the lesser of two evils, but vaping still isn’t good for the body.
Have we all heard stories about people taking up vaping and smoking to help them slim down? This is an excellent example of thin not being healthy. For example, in the 1960’s my grandmother was told to take up smoking to help her lose weight. Smoking supposedly decreases your appetite. It does this by replacing the food craving with a nicotine craving.
Now we know how bad smoking is for your health, I can scarcely believe this was recommended! If I had to choose between having lung cancer and being a few pounds’ overweight, I would decide to be overweight. The effects of eating a cake are more easily reversed than the effects of smoking a cigarette. You can lose weight, but you can’t lose lung cancer. The better option is to be healthy first and thin later.
Mental health vs. physical health
You need to put an emphasis on your mental health as well as your physical health. These two things go hand in hand, and they impact one another. I know when I am feeling unhappy I find it very hard to be healthy. When I am feeling low or down, I make the wrong food choices, and I start picking high sugar and high-fat foods. The result of this is that I put on weight and then feel unhappy. So, I start reaching for the high sugar and high-fat foods again. It’s a vicious circle that’s very hard to break. When I start to feel down about not being thin, I get into this habit. It’s another great example of why you need to be healthy and not just thin.
When I am feeling happy, I find it much easier to motivate myself to take exercise and eat the right food. I’ve stopped beating yourself up about the few pounds I have gained because I can lose them. I motivate myself to be healthy in a positive way. Rather than punishing myself for every tiny mistake, I make or cake I eat; I recognize my achievements. The more I punish myself and dwell on the mistakes I have made, the unhappier I get. It’s much healthier to reward the positives than punishing the negatives. Your mental health needs looking after as much as your physical health.
Your health should always be more important than being thin. Having being ‘thin’ as your main goal can result in lots of unhealthy habits. I wouldn’t want to make myself unwell to achieve the goal of being thin. So, don’t just be thin, be healthy.