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Lies We Tell Ourselves About Our Health
4. I can’t afford the kinds of foods those health articles talk about.
Yes, some of those organic food stores are expensive, but no one says that you can only shop at those stores to eat healthy. There are dozens of ways to save money and still eat a healthy, organic, plant based diet. Eat foods in season. Shop at farmers markets. Practice meal planning so you don’t waste food. Grow some of your own food whenever possible. One study done by the Department of Agriculture showed that the most affordable fruits (in season) were bananas, apples, pears, peaches, and pineapples. The most affordable vegetables were lettuce, eggplants, greens, potatoes, squash, and carrots.
5. Even if I could afford it, I certainly don’t have time to cook!
If you have the time to drive to a restaurant, wait to be seated, wait for your order to be taken, wait for the food to be cooked, wait to pay the bill, then drive home, you have time to cook your own. In fact, eating at a restaurant probably takes more time than it does to cook simple home meals. And don’t even think about going to a fast food joints if you want to eat healthy! If you plan your meals ahead, cook double meals and freeze half for another day, and use crock pots, you shouldn’t have any trouble whipping up healthy meals at home in a jiffy.
6. I only smoke now and then; a couple of cigarettes won’t hurt me.
If you think you are OK because you only smoke when you are drinking, or only on the weekends, or only after really tough days, well, you are only kidding yourself. It’s true that one cigarette won’t kill you, but smoking even occasionally is like playing Russian roulette occasionally. You don’t know when that one cigarette will be the one to put your cells over the edge and start mutating. It’s like the straw that breaks the camel’s back, only no one knows which straw that will be; your 20th cig? 200? 201? You know the risks, so why don’t you stop fooling yourself today and quit?
7. I’m good on 5 or 6 hours of sleep.
In today’s world, people who make these kinds of statements are thought of as virtuous, or someone everyone else should aspire to, but you should know that several studies show that continually being sleep deprived is linked to an early death. Most people need at least 7 hours and some even 9 hours of sleep each night. There are a great many health risks involved in not getting enough sleep, and you are only kidding yourself if you think you’re immune to those risks.
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