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19 Things That Level-Headed Natural Health Nuts Don’t Do

19 Things That Level-Headed Natural Health Nuts Don’t Do

It’s preposterous, isn’t it?

To say that eating too well can be unhealthy?

A Colorado-licensed physician and a national-level expert on alternative medicine, Steven Bratman, M.D., determined that some of his patients were so obsessed with healthy diets that he thought they had eating disorders. So, in 1997, he coined the term orthorexia nervosa, meaning “righteous eating.” Isn’t that term laughable? Maybe Big Food swayed him to mock, discredit, and obscure health-conscious people just like you. Maybe it was a marketing ploy from Big Pharma to create another disorder and sell another drug to the market or get you locked up in a loony bin, all because you have practices and beliefs associated with healing or attaining optimal health through foods.

It’s like you’re being accused, persecuted, and punished by society, like witches. Similarly to Mel Gibson’s character in the movie Conspiracy Theory (who was made to appear insane for suspecting fraudulent government activity everywhere), you are made to appear insane for suspecting toxic substances in most prepared foods—toxic substances such as high-fructose corn syrup, aspartame, and MSG—or for refusing to eat a Big Mac.

Nonetheless, if you read the different “symptoms” of the “mental disorder,” you’ll find some cause for concern. People can take their food purity obsessions to such an extreme that they become phobic, antisocial, manic, and excessively controlling. What starts off as a concern for healthy eating can turn into obsessive-compulsive behaviors if you’re not careful.

Thankfully, you can be a health nut without taking things that far. So, let’s name a few behaviors that level-headed health nuts just don’t do:

1. They don’t make food their main topic with everyone

Level-headed health nuts know that not everything revolves around food, and they can talk endlessly about any other topic because they’re versatile.

2. They don’t shout that only their diet can save the world

They feel that healthy foods can improve the lives of people, but not to the extent that it can solve all the aches and pains in the world.

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    3. They don’t obsess over being pure

    Level-headed health nuts don’t become anxious if they swallow a small quantity of something that wasn’t grown directly from the earth. They don’t believe they have to remove every single toxin in their body. If a loved one prepared food for them made with love, they don’t try to control what is served because they know food brings people together and creates many memorable moments. Instead, they’re empathetic and share the meals of their loved ones, knowing they’ll be happy. They focus on the quality food they ingest the majority of the time, are satisfied with that, and trust their bodies to remove waste effectively.

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      4. They don’t severely restrict themselves to their diet

      They don’t have a compulsive focus on calories or a self-destructive preoccupation with eating the “right” foods. They know that sometimes they have to make choices that are outside their optimal diet out of convenience and they can live with that.

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        5. They won’t go on a 6-month coconut water fast to “purify” their bodies

        Level-headed health nuts understand the concept of water fasting and agree with it, but they know it’s only a therapeutic thing that shouldn’t last more than one month.

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          6. They don’t spend crazy amounts of time preparing food strictly from whole foods

          They know that home meals are better and they take pleasure in preparing everything from scratch, but if they don’t feel like making homemade mustard or ketchup (for instance), they’re not ashamed of going to the grocery store to buy the highest quality products available.

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            7. They don’t compromise love, joy, and creativity over following the perfect diet

            Level-headed health nuts are not preoccupied with worrying about food to miss out on other activities and interests in order to follow some ideal guidelines.

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            8. They don’t feel guilt or self-loathing when they stray from their diets or think of eating comforting foods

            They don’t punish themselves when they slip up. They understand that they’re human, they make mistakes, and they can try again.

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              9. They don’t determine their self-worth based on how much they control their diets

              Yes, level-headed health nuts feel proud when they adhere to their health goals, but they don’t demean or belittle themselves if they lose control or fail at times.

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                10. They don’t feel superior, condescend others, and despise people who don’t make the same lifestyle choices as them

                They don’t act as if they’re enlightened or on a pedestal for their dietary mastery. Instead, they understand that people have their own struggles and their own path to choose.

                11. They don’t judge others who aren’t searching for spirituality through food

                Level-headed health nuts understand the energy they get from fresh and whole foods, but they don’t scrutinize others who don’t aspire to attain illumination, nirvana, or a higher consciousness from it.

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                  12. They don’t spend most of their lives thinking about what they should be eating

                  They don’t plan their menus day in and day out in order to feel reassured. They don’t live in fear of uncertainty. Instead, they plan their weekly or daily menus in order to be more organized and spend less time in the kitchen so they can think about it once a week or once a day, move on, and better enjoy the rest of the time.

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                    13. They don’t starve to death for righteous eating

                    If there’s nothing up to their liking, level-headed health nuts will still eat something that is close to what is preferable because they know eating is a basic need.

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                      14. They don’t feel like their diets are not good enough

                      They know there’s always room for improvement, but they don’t stress over and over about chasing perfection because they know it’s pointless.

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                        15. They don’t follow their diets like a religion

                        Level-headed health nuts don’t blindly follow the draconian rules of a leader or a belief system like fanatics. They don’t adhere to a closed group that shuns other people, either. Instead, they take what works for them and leave what doesn’t.

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                          16. They don’t isolate themselves socially just because they feel the outside world won’t meet their eating needs

                          They don’t experience anxiety if they are in a situation where their dietary needs can’t be met, spending most of their time eating at home. Instead, they know that they can’t control external events, so they focus on the control they can exercise at home and learn to add water to their wine once they’re outside.

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                            17. They don’t lose weight to the point where it’s dangerous.

                            Level-headed health nuts monitor themselves regularly to make sure they don’t reach an unhealthy weight. They can evaluate themselves, know where to draw the line between thin and too thin, and know when it’s time to switch to something else.

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                              18. They don’t spend excessive time, money, and energy to make sure they get every medicinal food existing on the market.

                              Of course, they believe that food is their medicine, but they don’t go all out stocking their pantries with tons of superfoods or herbs. Instead, they make decisions based on the reality of their finances and life conditions and believe that regular, simple foods are also powerful despite the array of superfoods in the world. They’ll get a few superfoods and vitamins only to complement their diets if needed.

                              19. They don’t live their lives constantly worrying about physical ailments or imagining them.

                              Level-headed health nuts are not hypochondriacs. Instead, they live in the moment and trust in the strength of their bodies.

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                                How to Be a Healthy Health Nut

                                Healthy eating isn’t a crazy thing. Healthy eating is one of the best things you can do to prevent and control many health problems. Healthy eating is about making changes you can live with and enjoy for the rest of your life. No matter what the reason: to give you energy, to shed excessive pounds, or to prolong your life – and of course, there’s nothing wrong with being committed to it. But it’s all about balance.

                                So, yes, make healthy choices in what you eat all the time. Yes, avoid harmful ingredients. Yes, make it a better way of life – but don’t let your way of life kill you. Don’t be consumed by it. Don’t go nuts.

                                If so, you won’t even enjoy a happy life and reap the benefits of it. That would be a shame, don’t you think?

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                                Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                • (1) Research
                                • (2) Deciding the topic
                                • (3) Creating the outline
                                • (4) Drafting the content
                                • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                • (6) Revision
                                • (7) etc.

                                Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                2. Change Your Environment

                                Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                6. Get a Buddy

                                Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                Reality check:

                                I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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