Ask Amy Lynn: Do You Even Know What Being Healthy Means? : The Lion's Den University
Class Notes - 04/24/17

04/24/17 - Class Notes

This class we are going to be discussing multiple things from the textbook. Re-read some of the sections you discussed later to make sure you understand all of it. In order to get back to the site once the teacher goes away, simply hit the close button at the top right next to comments and share. If you are the teacher and reading this, cut the kid a break - if your class was more interesting this would have never happened in the first place.

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Ask Amy Lynn: Do You Even Know What Being Healthy Means?

[Ed. We’re continuing our weekly series, in conjunction with Fitness Friday, called “Ask Amy Lynn!” You might remember Amy Lynn Grover of KulaDevi (Join The Fanpage) from her FFF feature a few weeks ago, and last week’s edition where she discussed the importance of getting uncomfortable in order to get results. This week she discusses the true meaning of “being healthy” and how you can sustain a healthy lifestyle. Remember you now have the opportunity to ask our resident expert whatever you want about fitness, exercise, nutrition and yoga! Leave your questions in the comment section or send them to alg@kuladevi.com or submissions@lionsdenu.com!]

So many people are confused about eating and being healthy.  Really what is the definition of “healthy”?  There is so much information out there, and so many unreliable resources to get it from.

The health & fitness industries are like any other industry, they are inflated with people trying to make a profit. So where do we go and who can we trust? For starters, let’s ask some questions… What we are doing and why we are doing it, for instance is it a fad and does it make sense?  Where does my food come from, how was it was grown, and how far has it traveled to get to me? Secondly let’s set ourselves free from all the crap we hear, think and feel.  Get rid of the excuses, and I’ll clear up the confusion.  I’m going to break it down here every week by telling you the truth and cutting out all the BS that you might of heard to help you get a clear understanding.  I’m taking the work and the stress out of the equation so you can go about your business and your life truly being happy and healthy.

This is Wikipedia’s definition of health (in my opinion the definition is bang on): Health is the level of functional and (or) metabolic efficiency of a living being.  In humans, it is the general condition of a person in mind, body and spirit, usually meaning to being free from illness, injury or pain (as in “good health” or “healthy”).
A healthy diet involves consuming appropriate amounts of all essential nutrients and an adequate amount of water.  A healthy diet needs to have a balance of macronutrients (fats, proteins, and carbohydrates), calories to support energy needs, and micronutrients to meet the needs for human nutrition without inducing toxicity or excessive weight gain from consuming excessive amounts.

The problem with a simple definition is that within it there are no guidelines; it is not specific and does not give a clear-cut plan or idea how to achieve a “state of good health”.  There is a ton of propaganda on what you should eat, supplement, and do as far as the health and fitness industry goes.  One person hears of some diet Gwyneth Paltrow is on and then suddenly everyone is on it.  Then someone opens a studio, or writes a book, opens a juice bar land then someone else copies it with their spin on it…. All of a sudden the idea and perception of what healthy is has completely been distorted, it can be confusing and frustrating, especially in Hollywood, the name of the game here is skinny and every week there is some new diet, workout, or pill, someone is telling me about.

Everybody has a unique body, which has individual needs that differ from day to day depending on physical exertion, food intake, height, weight, male, female, etc.  Bottom line is that we are all unique and there is no one right way cookie cutter approach quick fix diet or pill that will solve your problems.

So as it may be overwhelming with everyone in the industry telling you something different, it is also very simple.  Many things play a part in the role of our own personal health. For starters everyone wants to be happy, well exercise produces natural highs; endorphins are released which makes you happy, and your hunger or craving for junk slowly subsides.  You will be conscious of what goes down because you are more conscious of your “self” and once you feel like a million bucks from all the positive work you have been doing on your “self” you won’t want to go back to your old “self”.

The key to life is working towards a balance in everything you do.  It is impossible to ever attain a true state of balance (it doesn’t exist), however it is essential to keep the amount of time and energy spent on items in your life in check: work, play, rest, time for yourself, your finances, your social life friends/family, boyfriend/girlfriend.

Your body is always seeking balance it is very easy to unknowingly create a vicious cycle of cravings due to imbalances.  Excessive and poor-quality salt and animal products, are contracting which cause your cells to lose fluids, this will make you feel tight and constricted.  With too much salt, your body becomes contractive, you will quickly find yourself craving something sweet.  Sugar and alcohol, are examples of food that is too expansive. Your blood stream quickly absorbs sugar and produces energy, making you feel temporarily open and relaxed, yet these are damaging because they are not balanced.

I need to make this very clear: DIETS DON’T WORK.  Stop yo-yo-ing, stop starving yourself, and start living, eat whatever you like within reason, in moderation, controlled portion sizes custom to you.  Eat moderately – meaning never stuff yourself to the point of feeling gross.  Eat until your personal gage says 80% full.  Overeating wrecks your digestive system, so give your body some space, about 20% room for digestion.

Be conscious of your unique personal mid-line, for you in your life, what feels good to you.  You may need some extra time in the gym right now, or extra sleep or extra social time just make sure to avoid extremes in any direction because you will wind up craving the opposite for example too much work might make you go off the deep end with one of your vices (alcohol).   Be nice to yourself, give yourself love both mentally and physically and your “self” will truly be happy.  Happiness is the ultimate goal anyhow isn’t it?

Please feel free to email me and ask me any questions pertaining to fitness, health, nutrition or life, that you need to be more clear on or anything you would like me to go into detail on: alg@kuladevi.com   I’d love to hear from you!

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