Healthy vs Unhealthy Eating

Lianna Speers

Before contemplating about a healthy lifestyle, it never once crossed my mind that being healthy was actually a thing. I was reading about shortcut workouts in the Women’s Health Magazine and decided to become fit and aim to look like those girls. So, I said goodbye to my Nutella and welcomed carrots into my new lifestyle. I’ll let you in on a little secret though – I didn’t even know how to read the back of a food label.

(Photo credit: Charlotte Astrid, Flickr)
(Photo credit: Charlotte Astrid, Flickr)

I’d say the media plays a large part in what influences people to change their body shapes. Magazines especially, because they write features on the ‘ideal’ body shape, but also claim we should love the body we’re born in. It’s even worse when you’re browsing the Internet and suddenly an advertisement pops up saying ‘Lose 10 kilo’s in 10 weeks’. It’s like realisation just slapped you in the face, metaphorically of course.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics claims in 2011-12, 63.4% of people aged over 18 years old were obese.

So, the world clearly recognises the rise in obesity, but why is it cheaper to buy a Big Mac at 493 calories, than buying 200g of chicken breast at 209 calories?

Are you confused? Because, I am too …

I never followed a shopping list, I would carelessly throw anything and everything into the trolley. Suddenly I would have plastic bags full of high carb foods and then wonder why I was putting on weight? If you’re in the same basket of berries, then I suggest buying fresh fruits and vegetables.

(Photo credit: Kate Ter Haar, Flickr)
(Photo credit: Kate Ter Haar, Flickr)

After my decision to change my lifestyle, I was shocked at the increase of expenses. Why is it more expensive to be healthy? What a contradiction.

I’ll be honest again, I am a calorie counter, but downloading Easy Diet Diary from the App Store has helped my journey significantly. The App Store is an easy way to obtain fitness programs and advice. But remember, you can’t claim a better body until you actually use the apps, ha-ha.

Another idea to consider is following people you admire. I follow Nikki Blackketter and Pamela the founder of Skinny Bunny on Instagram. These influential women showed me a healthier lifestyle is a better option, but sadly not the cheapest.

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