Why Kale Isn’t Healthy

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Don’t worry, kale lovers. I am not about to bash kale. I share your love for the dark leafy green and I’d never do that to you.

However, I think it’s time we dissociate ‘healthy’ and ‘kale’. Hear me out.

Health is a state of being, and just like our horses’ care programs, it is a multi-faceted approach. When I think of horse health, here’s what comes to mind: vaccines, proper shoeing, turnout, exercise, bodywork, grooming, grass, hay, magnetic blankets, ice boots, supplements…the list goes on and on.

If you only ate kale, you’d be extremely unhealthy. It’s a superfood, but not a complete food, because humans need a wide variety of different nutrients that are obtained from many different foods. In fact, some articles have highlighted that eating too much kale can cause problems.  Eating a clean variety of foods, and many vegetables (not many people eat enough veggies) is the best way to ensure you’re giving your body what it needs to recover from your rides and workouts.

Just like Jimmy Wofford says there’s no good distances or bad distances to a fence (there are only different distances and difficult distances), there are no healthy or unhealthy foods. There are foods that offer different nutrients and provoke different responses in our bodies. With this in mind, eating a few indulgent meals on vacation will not make you fat or skinny, healthy or unhealthy, fit or unfit – it’s just a matter of the cards you’re dealing your body that day. Maybe a donut doesn’t do much for your body’s health, but it can do great things for your mental health!

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