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Wouldn't It Be Great?

Monday, July 29, 2013

Wouldn't it be great if all the health and fitness experts and quasi-experts and wannabe experts agreed? Wouldn't it be great if the advertising and packaging of food promoted healthy eating and every exercise plan safely built muscle, flexibility, cardio fitness, etc.? Wouldn't it be great if every person who tried to get fit did not waste money, time, and energy on plans that aren't healthy and/or don't work?

Well, we don't live in that world. And maybe we really wouldn't like it anyway -- I mean, freedom of speech and all that. But given our world, we have to evaluate food we eat and the fitness activities we choose. SparkPeople gives us a great deal of good information. I'm thankful for one voice that doesn't seem to have any other agenda than trying to help us get healthier and achieve our goals. Yet there are still times I wish the path to optimum health and fitness were clearer.
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  • GABY1948
    I agree with WOULD be great! Great words, Marsha! emoticon
    1757 days ago
    Yes, it would.
    1757 days ago
    Great idea. I less confused, informed society would be awesome in all areas of life.
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    Well said Marsha! emoticon emoticon
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    Well said.

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  • _LINDA
    For sure there is sometimes too much information out there. One minute they will say this is the absolute best veggie to eat and the next they say its not good for you if eaten raw. One will say this fruit is very nutritious and then another will say do not eat it because it contributes to belly fat. So ludicrous really!!
    It is wonderful to have a huge website like Sparkpeople that does not have a hidden agenda.
    The ultimate judge of what works and doesn't is us. We know what works for us and once we have found it will stick with it and ignore the next great fad.
    Here is to making our own choices -and standing by them!
    1757 days ago
    That would be way too easy but thanks for a chance to give my brain something else to consider.
    1757 days ago
    What an inspiration you are! I am celebrating dropping below 190 today and also that I walk a lot faster and farther.. Lots of conflicting info out there, and also we have to remember that not everyone's body works the same way no matter what the "experts" we have to be our own expert!
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    That would be great! I wasted a lot of time and money looking for answers until I found the thing that keeps me informed, motivated, balanced, and happy--Spark People! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1757 days ago
    While there are scams that are obviously "bad for everyone" there's enough variety in body types and such that we all have to pick and choose even among the "healthy" options to find what works for us as individuals.

    It *is* confusing. And my decades searching for the right combination for ME has taught me a thing or six: like, for me, anyway, focus on the one thing that's working for me, and not go chasing after the next shiny thing just because it's in the news / ads / informercials. Try things out to make sure I'll stick with them before committing $$$ to them.

    Sometimes a new tool gives one a motivational shot in the arm. But if we think just buying into something will work? Good luck with that... every single one of the healthy programs requires effort on the part of the individual.

    I remember going to a meeting once where the comment was made that what we really wanted was to have the results without the footwork. Real eye-opener, that.
    1757 days ago

    Sparkpeople is a voice in the wilderness. I love the shoutout for Spark. I tend to take it for granted, and I should NOT. It's been such a help to me in losing the weight. 34 down, 14 to go! emoticon
    1757 days ago
    I agree! What would be even better is if the food distributors would stop adding some of the salt and sugar in their products. I know that they use many of them as preservatives but still, I think sometimes they put things in food that are addictive. I mean things like high fructose corn syrup, MSG, sodium etc.
    1757 days ago
    It is great that we get so much solid info here . . . and so much support too. A lot of it generated by spark members, not just by the site!
    1757 days ago
    Amen sister!!! I hate that the crappie food distributors can emphasize they are nutritious when they have only added vitamins to cover up all the salt and sugar. It's so misleading. But the who government and lobbyists all are backed by so much money to hide the truth from the public of just how addictive and bad most of the packaged foods are. It is so sad. I feel so bad too for the poor people who live in cities across the states who can only afford that junk, addictive food. So sad. emoticon
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  • AUNTB63
    I so agree with you. For me I need to stick to one voice rather than one hundred voices to hear what I can do or eat for the best possible journey to a healthier lifestyle. Although it is still up to me to do the work and make those healthy choices. SP has been that one voice and they only want what's best for us. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. Hope you are having a Magnificent Monday.
    1758 days ago
    I hear you. But I would also add that there is no "one size fits all" definition of optimum, either, nor should there / could there be. Optimum must fit you, your age, genetics, goals, life style.

    It's the desire, not just for advice and information, but for prepackaged plans that require little if any thought that can get us into trouble, especially if underlying assumptions don't apply.

    I believe that I have an optimum nutrition plan, but it would certainly get a lot of other people into trouble. Same for my fitness plan. What is safe for me may not be safe for you. The responsibility and choice has to reside in ourselves. And that means we have to understand the why along with the what. Often that means that what appears to be conflicting advice is more conflicting context / circumstances.

    OK, down from my soap box.
    1758 days ago
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