Unhealthy by default

May 27, 2021San Francisco

I've never felt more betrayed by my food choices than about a month ago when I learned that oat milk is likely bad for you.

Despite years of continuously updating my habits I'm far from confident that I have my food choices down. And it's not just eating that saps my willpower, it's being mindful about sleep, exercise, and mental health. You'd think that it'd be easy to be healthy in modern times with all our products, services, and information. How could I not find the right diet after reading 'Which One of These 100 Diets Could Help You Lose Weight?'? Why wouldn't I prioritize sleep after reading 'Why We Sleep'? Instead I'm here feeling anxious about all the things I should be doing and now I'm seriously considering downloading a meditation app to calm me down.

It seems like we're swimming upstream when it comes to making healthy choices. Whether it's the government backed food pyramid misleading us or the billions spent on marketing junk food, designing a healthy lifestyle has never been harder. I'm here to remind us that it is not our fault. Let's acknowledge that the most fundamental parts of life have been complicated by modern living. We're fish out of water because although our mind and bodies were slow to change over the last 5,000 years our environment certainly has changed dramatically. In this time civilization has poisoned our land, processed our foods, and made us more sedentary. We have long moved away from a world where our lifestyles were healthy by default so don't fret if you can't make all the right health choices.