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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 November 17, 2019

                                20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

                                20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

                                Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

                                1. Make a gift bag.

                                A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

                                2. Give a toast.

                                Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

                                3. Write a poem.

                                “Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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                                4. Create your own labels.

                                There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

                                5. Give a gift card.

                                Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

                                6. Send a letter.

                                Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

                                7. Use social media to send a special message.

                                If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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                                8. Make your own digital greeting card.

                                While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

                                9. Make a YouTube video.

                                Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

                                10. Deliver cookies or candies.

                                Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

                                11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

                                There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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                                12. Put together a flower basket.

                                Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

                                13. Take a picture.

                                Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

                                14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

                                The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

                                15. Do something special for them.

                                Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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                                16. Reciprocate their help.

                                Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

                                17. Be there for them.

                                Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

                                18. Listen to them.

                                Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

                                19. Say it in another language…or two…

                                A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

                                20. Show them some love.

                                A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

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