But I thought I was healthy.... The quiz to test how healthy you really are..

So you made a news years resolution and it was to get back into shape, or get healthy, or eat better, or something good and positive!  And how are you travelling?  Are you on track?  How healthy are you, really…… 

I often get asked why sometimes people get quite sick and feel terrible on a cleanse and some don’t, some have more severe symptoms than others and other are quite mild.  Whilst everyone is very different and invidiuals will process things differently and remove toxins differently, a fairly reliable indication of the symptoms will be the persons diet.  And the one thing that people will always say, “but I thought I ate quite healthy…”  So what is quite healthy?  I can 100% guarantee that “healthy” for a raw vegan is VERY different to “healthy” for a fine dining carnivore.  Here is a little quiz to help you decide…

           

1. How many times a day would you eat fresh raw vegetables?

a)    more than twice a day

b)   Once or twice a day

c)    Less than once a day

 

2. How many times a day would you eat cooked/tinned/frozenvegetables?

a)    maybe a few times a week

b)   once a day

c)    twice a day

 

3. How many times a day would you eat fresh raw fruit?

a)    more than twice a day

b)   Once or twice a day

c)    Less than once a day

 

4. How many times a week would you drink alcohol?

a)    never

b)   a few times a week or only on weekends

c)    every day a glass or two

 

5. How many times a day would you eat something that has been bought from a supermarket shelf (not fridge) (e.g biscuits, cakes, crackers, etc)

a)    Less than once a day

b)   Once or twice a day

c)    more than twice a day

 

6. How soon after you wake do eat first drink water?

a)    Less 20 minutes

b)   Between about 20mins and 2 hours

c)    At least 2 hours after waking up

 

7. How often do you eat breakfast?

a)    every day

b)   a few times a week

c)    not very often, maybe once a week

 

8. How soon after you wake do you eat breakfast?

a)    within 30 mintues

b)   within 2 hours

c)    I don’t eat it

 

9. How many coffees/day do you drink?

a)    none

b)   only 1

c)    more than 1 per day

 

10. How do you feel if you don’t miss your coffee?

a)    don’t drink it

b)   don’t feel a thing

c)    headachey, tired and crappy

 

 

11. How often do you eat meat (chicken, lamb, beef, pork)?

a)    never or very rarely

b)   1 or 2 times a week

c)    every day

 

12. How often do you have some form of dairy product (eggs, milk, cheese, etc)

a)    never or very rarely

b)   a few times a week

c)    every day

 

13. How often do you add salt and pepper?

a)    very rarely (maybe once a week)

b)   at least to 1 meal a day

c)    every meal  

 

14. How often do you eat bread?

a)    Never or very rarely

b)   Maybe once a week

c)    At least once every day, sometimes twice

 

 

15. How many litres of water do you drink each day?

a)    Minimum 2 litres a day

b)   Between 1-2 litres

c)    Definitely less than 1 litre

 

16. How many times a day would you eat food not prepared by yourself (takeaway, pre-packaged, shelf life stable, tinned food, etc)?

a)    once or twice per week

b)   once  per day

c)    at least 2-3 times a day

 

 

SCORE:

3 points for every A

2 points for every B

1 point for every C

 

OVERALL SCORE:

Score 40-48

You are doing well, you obviously have a grasp on the right things and the wrong things.  Keep up the great work, and always look for ways you can stay clean.  You might have a vice or two (e.g. coffee or salt or cheese) so keep on top of those, and keep them minimal.

 

Score between 25-40 – You might have thought you were pretty healthy, but  there is definitely room for improvement!  You are sitting in the middle onf the healthy to unhealthy scale and could definitely adopt a few more practices into your lifestyle.  Look at things like more fresh raw produce, more water, less meat, less food pre-prepared or takeaway, or less salt in the diet, cutting back or eliminating coffee.  Remember, its an addiction if you feel crappy when you DON’T have it.

 

Score below 25

Lots of room for improvement, even though your staple food may not be Hungry Jacks, you still need to work on where your food has come from, shelf stable food VS fresh stuff, water, coffee, dairy and meat and perhaps start to look outside the easily available option.  They are not always the best for you in the long run.


Catherine Craig
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