The confusion between being healthy and being on a diet

I used to find there was a thin line between being healthy and being on a diet, and I think there still is for a lot of people. So I have thought deeply about it and here are the differences to me:


So it appears there are more things to think about when trying to be healthy, but in my opinion it is worth it. You may have noticed these two lists I made don’t mention every food groups. I wanted to focus on the differences between dieting and being healthy. I haven’t directly mentioned protein, but it goes without saying that any meat eaten should be organic and grass fed for best quality. This way it shouldn’t have received hormones and other crap. Fish should be organic too or wild, but I know there are some wild fish that we shouldn’t be fishing for ecological reasons, however I don’t know much on that subject. I usually buy organic fish. Same goes for eggs and pretty much everything.

Nuts and seeds (brazilnuts, pecan, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, etc.) should be an important part of a healthy diet too as they provide nutrients that other foods don’t. It’s easy to introduce them to your diet by adding them to porridge, yoghurt, and salads.

I guess what I’m trying to say here is that it is important to eat a wide variety of foods, it’s the best way to get all the nutrients we need for optimum health. I will never diet again because I’m worth better than that, and eating healthily won’t make me put on weight!

One last thing, I know buying fresh and organic is expensive. I spend a lot of money on food and I understand some people can’t afford it. But I need to say it, I don’t earn much money, but I made my health a priority and decided to be ok with spending more money on food than the average consumer. It’s my choice. I spend less on shopping.

P.s: If you’re wondering why I am focusing on eating healthy and natural food so much, it’s because diet related diseases are the new epidemic of this century. They are caused by eating too much sugar, the wrong fats and processed and unhealthy foods. I will write something about that later, probably this month, because it is really important that we try to improve our diets. Eating well can make a difference to our lifespan, and help avoiding diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and even some cancers. Food can be our fuel for long and healthy life, why not make the most of it?

14 thoughts on “The confusion between being healthy and being on a diet

  1. EyeCandyPopper

    Exactly! Well said! and on a side note, organic and healthy isn’t always more expensive than ‘conventional’ foods, you just need to look for specials and also, find your local farmers and go to the Farmers’ Market. They always have good prices and super fresh food, and you get to meet them face-to-face and talk about how they garden :)

    Oh also, about fish, I prefer wild-caught fish rather than ‘organic fish’, because they might feed them organic food, but it’s usually grain, which is completely insane for a fish to be eating, their digestive systems aren’t made for that (just like cows aren’t either), and I think it’s kind of cruel for them to be stuck in small ponds all their lives (sometimes indoor), and so I prefer the ‘real’ thing, fish that eat and swim in the ocean, as long as it’s done in a sustainable way, of course. :)

  2. Eating well in 2013 Post author

    That is a very good point, thanks for raising it. God why is it so hard to know what you are eating??! I just emailed my local supermarket to find out more about what the organic fish I’ve been buying are fed. For some reason I have a feeling they’re not going to rush getting back to me… To be continued

    1. Eating well in 2013 Post author

      So if anyone is interest, I got a reply from Waitrose saying the fish are fed “a pelleted feed certified organic”. I think you were right, that doesn’t sound very natural…

  3. Kerrie

    Excellent post! I don’t like talking to people about my personal challenge to eat healthy because for some reason they think healthy eating is only for weight loss and it’s viewed as a negative thing. Since I’m already thin, they think I have emotional or self-esteem issues and want to be anorexic – that’s certainly not the case and I wouldn’t mind if I gained some weight, particularly muscle. You’ve summed up the differences very clearly, and I wish more people would take note of this and feel compelled to be nice to their bodies as well. Thanks!

  4. Eating well in 2013 Post author

    Thanks for your comment Kerrie. I agree with you, I hear people say they don’t need to worry about what they eat because they are not overweight. But it’s not all about weight! It’s really about health, about heart health, blood pressure, memory, mental health… The list is long. Just like you, I wish more people realised that :)

  5. jfgirlie311

    I really appreciated this post. In my some three (3) years of becoming healthier, everyone asks me what “diet” I’m doing and how I’ve made it work so well. I tell them the same thing, I’m not on a diet, I’ve made a lifestyle change. I’m eating healthier, and I’m being more active. For me, personally, I didn’t start this journey to “get skinny” I started it because I was up against 30 years old and on TONS of medications and staring serious disease straight in the face. Something had to happen if I wanted a long and full life. Getting skinnier has just been a byproduct of the new lifestyle that I’ve been living.

    1. Eating well in 2013 Post author

      Thanks for your comment, it really emphasises on why we should eat well. And well done for being healthy for so long. I understand though, once we are healthy, we don’t want to go back to being unhealthy. Life is so much better the healthy way! :)

  6. bezzymates

    Great post. I know people who are paper thin, but eating processed foods, fast foods and buying expensive purses and sandals. Lol. I think there should be no price tag on health.

  7. ericam95

    I totally get where you are coming from and this post is awesome! I always find most people’s first reaction to my health choices is “Oh, but you don’t need to diet!” and I can never seem to find the words to explain to them that I am ‘eating healthy’! Thanks for the great post and all your points are so explained so well. Erica :)


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