I'm sure you've heard this:
"You need to eat 1200 calories a day, 55% from carbohydrates, 20% from protein, and 25% from fat." --Ok, but is that what you recommend for everyone?
"You need to be gluten-free, dairy-free for the rest of your life." --That seems like a long time. Is that possible?
"Vegan is the only way to have a healthy body and a healthy planet." ---Sounds great, but I literally do not like vegetables.
I have met hundreds of people who were die-hard vegan, only to slowly drift back to meat. Or a Paleo-for-life follower, who later found they had a passion for baking bread. In no way am I trying to say these diets are wrong, but in each case, we need to take into consideration every facet of our lives.
Yes, the answer to everything is eat mostly healthy, move as much as you can and be happy. What you may have forgotten is that what you eat should not only contribute to your overall health, but should be something you can enjoy. Your movement should not be a begrudging two hour boot camp that you dread, but should be a challenging, inspiring part of your day. Once you find fulfillment in your daily micro-minutes, you will find happiness in your life, no matter where you are on your journey.
Read all advice with a little bit of skepticism. Take into account what you enjoy, what makes you smile, and what you do for a hobby. Then take a step on your unique pathway to wellness. Not if, but when life changes, continue down your path, but keep your pathway choices just as dynamic as your life.
There is no "one size fits all" health plan. Each individual has tale-tell signs that can help them shape their pathway. Then.... life changes, our bodies change, we get older, we get injured. There is no way to stop change. But we need to be willing to change with it. What worked for us once, may not be working any more. So thereby, we progress. We become stronger and learn more so that our bodies and minds can be in their best condition at that moment. All our past knowledge helps make up who we are today, and who we are today is just a springboard for who we can become.
As we all sift through the endless ocean of fail-proof health tactics, may we always say to ourselves, "I Am Unique. I Am Dynamic".