Trying to get healthy is such a mess seriously it feels like you have to slip on your hip waders to get through all the bullshit. I think this is seriously one of the biggest barriers to health is that there is so much info out there on how to be healthy that it is completely overwhelming.

After my second baby when I was trying to change my diet for the better I got to a place where I was thinking I had to buy all sort of expensive “superfood” type items or I would be doing it “wrong”. Now before I dig in here I just want to say that I don’t have a problem with these items, I just think that they maybe aren’t necessary for those of us just boarding the healthy living strugglebus.

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Healthy Things You Don’t Need

3 things you don't need when you are trying to eat healthy

1. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are touted as a legit superfood and that is for pretty good reason. They contain large amounts of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and they are also great sources of fibre and protein. There’s also about a million other reasons they are good for you and you should include them in your diet but let’s be real that’s not what you’re here for.

Chia seeds are insanely expensive so if you don’t have a specific recipe in mind (like chia jam for example) then I really wouldn’t bother. Your average person just looking to eat healthier and cook for their family doesn’t need to be loading up on chia seeds. They just don’t.

I have chia seeds on occassion but that’s because it is in Qia cereal, which is one of my favorite smoothie toppings. But to be honest it totally isn’t necessary and I would consider my health level as “intermediate” at this point.

Wondering why I picked these out of all the superfoods to pick on? Perhaps it’s the fact that they get stuck in your teeth and fuzz up which has personally offended me. Also fun fact they are the very same seeds used in Chia pets, which I feel is a much better reason to have them in your home.

2. Protein Powder or Shakes

I know this one might ruffle some feathers but my focus right here is on people trying to just eat better. If you are not powerlifting, some sort of athlete or getting recommendation from your doctor to be on protein powder then that shit is probably not necessary. And just because we’re getting controversial here I will just add that people typically seem to think that we all need way more protein than we actually do.

In regards to shakes, if drinking them motivates you or helps you support your friends or family members business then that is totally great, and I get it. I also have much respect for the hustle. However for the average person just looking to get healthy you are more than capable of pulling together proper nutrition from other sources than powdered shakes. I understand the convenience factor of these because I actually have used my fair share of these products in the past because I “didn’t have time to eat” or wanted to make sure I was getting “enough” of everything. But truth be told, the cost of these things can add up and it really isn’t that much harder to just eat food or make smoothies if you feel like getting your drink on is easier.

3. Organic Foods

Ha! If you thought I was going to end the controversy with that last one then think again. I decided to ramp it up for this one.

With the amount of junk in food these days buying organic obviously seems like the better option.Β  However, there are tons of us who can’t just afford to buy organic produce all the time. Additionally, there has been some evidence that suggests that organic food may come with it’s own set of issues. For the average beginner trying to get healthy I would recommend that you work on getting more produce into your diet period before worrying about whether or not it’s organic. Personally I love to support local first, then organic if my budget permits.

However, if you are needing to choose between regular and organic then I would recommend you familiarize yourself with the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen and make your choices accordingly.

In Conclusion

Throw everything that doesn’t fit your lifestyle out the window and eat more vegetables.


What things do you think we don’t need when trying to get healthy? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Renee November 20, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Love these! I went through that same battle with protein shakes…they are still a heavily processed “food” and I just want to eat…

    1. MandiEm November 20, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Agreed πŸ˜‚

  2. jayywing November 20, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Great post! Breaks some healthy diet myths.

  3. saveymommy2 November 20, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    This was hilarious and awesome! Love it!

  4. Mindy November 20, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Yeah! I love your approach to this. I agree 100%. I know so many people try to eat organic but that’s a step further down the road. It’s not necessary. I certainly can’t afford it !

    1. MandiEm November 20, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      I know right! Baby steps πŸ˜‚

  5. Jacklyn November 20, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Love this and totally agree with you! While we’re throwing out the chia seeds and protein powders can we please get rid of the maca powder? Throw it in your smoothie , it’s so good for you they say … have any of these people actually tried that sh*t?! It tastes awful!! I don’t care how good for you it is, no one should be subjecting themselves to that! πŸ˜‰

    1. MandiEm November 20, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      I have never tried Maca and now I won’t bother hahaha!

  6. thepsychogrok December 11, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Great post. I think when trying to eat healthy, most people cut salt from their diet and drink copious amounts of water. This combination is a bad idea!! We need to practice moderation which is the key to eating healthy..

  7. thelumberjackandthegypsy December 12, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Because I am old and a hundred pounds over the height/weight chart, I feel I am qualified to comment. When I was young (back in the Dark Ages of the 60’s and 70’s) Twiggy was The IT girl. And diet pills were all the rage as was the Grapefruit Diet and the Atkins Diet and I even did the Protein Liquid Diet (which if I remember correctly, which is suspect as I am old and my memory is not what it once was, killed a bunch of folks) and back in 2000, I went vegetarian (which lasted four years until a coney dog took me down). I have at one time or another gone sugarless, caffeineless, carbless, eggless, breadless, ate grapefruit and tuna until I would gag, got wired from diet pills and finally said the hell with it all. Because thin, healthy eating, exercising people still die. I am now of the mind that moderation in all things is the way to go (not that I follow that, but I do believe it!). None of us will live forever and with the way the world is today, we could be gone tomorrow! I always said I would be so pissed if I got thin and then died. Well, unless I get some disease that eats me up, that ain’t gonna happen and every glass of wine I drink or every slice of pizza I eat, I enjoy immensely! β€œEat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow you may die” as the Bible says!

    1. MandiEm December 12, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      So true! And yes we all die in the end! No matter where we fall on the scale πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  8. nancyruth December 12, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    nice post. You hit the nail on the head with this one.


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