I find that in the pursuit of “being healthy” we seem to lose the psychological goals that we set for ourselves. By psychological goals I mean the goals you set for your mind, for your well being, for your spirit.
Physical goals in pursuing “healthiness” (whatever your definition of that may be) can include:
- losing weight
- gaining muscle
- increase endurance
While psychological goals in pursuing healthiness may include:
- increased self esteem
- positive body image
- feeling “good”
These psychological goals are usually in the background of physical goals, they underline the very essence of why you are pursuing a healthy lifestyle. For example: “By eating healthier I plan to lose weight and therefore increase my positive body image and my self esteem.”
The words in bold are not always said out loud, but they are there. They lurk deep within your ambitions, slowly carving your behavior and motivation.
Now onto my main point…
I was scrolling through my dash earlier today and I found a particularly interesting post about a fitblr’s anxiety when they had to eat at an “unhealthy” restaurant. They were completely distraught with the idea of ordering a salad while their entire family indulges.
Basically, I don’t think it’s right to have an anxiety attack over eating out with family. Even if you are on a strict nutritional diet, it’s not a bad idea to sit back and enjoy food and company. Your body can adjust after one meal that’s “outside of your plan”. All of your hard work will not go to waste. If you were consistent enough with your nutritional plan, one meal will not change anything.
I hate to see people suffer because of their dietary choices. Why make the choice if it’s just making your unhappy? You have to analyze your psychological goals behind your physical goals, and make your decisions then. A healthy diet choice should not be a stressful one. A healthy diet choice should not make you sad. A healthy diet choice should not make you throw a panic attack on the internet. A healthy diet is supposed to give you a happy mind and body, fueled by positive psychological goals.
My psychological goals include:
- positive body image
- supporting my local farmers
- scientific curiosity as to how my food affects my life
What are some of your psychological goals in becoming healthier?
As many of you may know, I am a food science student that is interested in health. I follow a lot of blogs that range from fatty food obsessions to cross fit beauties to vegan or paleo advocates, and each one of those blogs intrigues me.
Sometimes, I find something “fishy” about the health or moral claims in a diet choice or in this specific case, “woolly”. Usually, I let these things go. I mentioned in a previous post that I usually don’t let people’s opinions bother me.
The other day I saw on one of my favorite food blogs that cheerios contain vitamin D3, which is derived from lanolin which is made from sheeps wool and therefore isn’t vegan. Conclusion: sheep’s wool in your cheerios.
Now, I usually don’t get riled up. I don’t. But chemically, lanolin and Vitamin D3 are very different chemical structures. You can see my response and the bloggers response here.
I think I was quite polite and I genuinely wanted a scientific discussion. The response linked me to a couple articles about vitamin D and B12 supplements. I didn’t get a conclusive answer.
So, here’s what I’m posting for all my lovely followers, who are both interested in health, fact and fitness.
- vit D can be converted in your skin by sunlight from cholecalciferol (or vitamin D3)
- Vit D can not be converted in your skin by sunlight from Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol), it uses a different process
- Vit D is tightly bound to bone health and calcium absorption in the body. Little vitamin D, little calcium absorption.
- Vit D3 can be made in your body or ingested through eating animal products or Vitamin D3 supplements which can be derived from lanolin
- Vitamin D2 is synthesized in a lab from yeast and used in supplements
The conclusion to this 2011 study:
“D3 is approximately 87% more potent in raising and maintaining serum 25(OH)D concentrations and produces 2- to 3-fold greater storage of vitamin D than does equimolar D2. For neither was there evidence of sequestration in fat, as had been postulated for doses in this range. Given its greater potency and lower cost, D3 should be the preferred treatment option when correcting vitamin D deficiency.”
87% is a lot of percent. And the large dosage showed no predicted negative effects (fat sequestration).
Going back to my original point…
This: (vitamin D3)
Is not this: (lanolin)
and is also not this:
I’m sure people will argue that “well it’s derived from animals so that makes it an animal product”. Well, chemically, it’s not. That’s like saying a hydrogen atom is the same as a helium atom because the difference of one electron is small enough to dismiss.
And I disagree.
An excerpt from the article linked below.
“Fructose Sets Table For Weight Gain Without Warning
ScienceDaily (Oct. 19, 2008) — Eating too much fructose can induce leptin resistance, a condition that can easily lead to becoming overweight when combined with a high-fat, high-calorie diet, according to a new study with rats.
Leptin as regulator
Leptin is a hormone that plays a role in helping the body to balance food intake with energy expenditure. When leptin isn’t working — that is, when the body no longer responds to the leptin it produces — it’s called leptin resistance. Leptin resistance is associated with weight gain and obesity in the face of a high-fat, high-calorie diet.
The University of Florida researchers hypothesized that a high-fructose diet could lead to leptin resistance, which in turn could lead to exacerbated weight gain in the face of a high-fat, high-calorie diet, a typical diet in industrialized countries. To test their hypothesis, the research team performed a study with two groups of rats. They fed both groups the same diet, with one important exception: one group consumed a lot of fructose while the other received no fructose.”
It’s a very interesting article and I think you all should check it out. It just affirms my thoughts on cooking everything from scratch. You can control your portions, your cravings and your nutrition by creating meals from raw ingredients. I can’t remember the last time I bought anything out of a package.