I’ll never forget something my mother-in-law said years ago. We were sitting in her living room, casually talking about fitness and health and me working at a gym (at the time) and I think I must have said something to the effect of, “Why don’t YOU work out/watch what you eat?” which seems super rude but she knew exactly what I meant. She laughed it off and then said something that has been blocked into my brain ever since.
“Sometimes I just don’t want to know.”
I think my jaw dropped right into my (un)sweet tea and at the time I probably got all sorts of defensive about how knowledge is power and people die every day from obesity-related causes and how you can change your life by just dropping 10% of your body mass. Aside from being a mama, my life IS fitness and health. Reading nutrition articles and watching IIFYM Youtube videos and staying up-to-date on the latest and greatest exercise techniques. Part of my life IS knowing about that stuff.
I often wonder as I scroll through Instagram and see the countless “fitspo” posts or listen to my clients asking which is better, quinoa or brown rice (quinoa…it has more protein and higher fiber content) if all of this knowledge really is for the best. Could it be encouraging obsessive behavior? Idols? It seems like everywhere I look I see a new health fad, new tips on how to lose those last 5 pounds (and they’re NEVER really new but I digress…).
Do you see grilled chicken and veggies or yummy pizza?
What if ignorance really IS bliss? What if one were 10 pounds heavier than they “ought to be”, healthy enough and didn’t care about quinoa or brown rice or macros or how many calories that spin class burned. What if she wanted to know more about politics and religion and how to help people. What if she read poetry instead of Women’s Health. What if she ate vegetables because she genuinely enjoyed the taste and not because it was something she should do.
I don’t know about you and perhaps I’ve just been around one too many healthy living people but I’d much rather be friends with the 10 pounds heavier girl. She’s a flippin’ blast.
Sometimes I just want to un-learn some of the things I know. Sometimes I just don’t wanna know.
QUESTION: IS ignorance bliss when it comes to living?? Have we taken this healthy living thing too far?