What “Healthy” Means to Me

Good morning, everyone!

I’m not sure if it’s the fact that the holiday season is quickly approaching, but it seems that lately all I have heard around me are conversations involving questions such as:

“Do you cook healthy meals everyday?”  “Are you going to eat healthy this Thanksgiving?” and “Is X food healthy or not?”

All great conversations, BUT have you ever gotten around to thinking about what “healthy” actually means?

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Let’s see what dictionary.com has to say, shall we?

health·y [hel-thee]

1. possessing or enjoying good heath or a sound and vigorous mentality: a healthy body; a healthy mind.

2.pertaining to or characteristic of good health, or a sound and vigorous mind: a healthy appearance; healthy attitudes.

We hear the words “health” and “wellness” used more often than not these days. Companies are trying to shift their focus towards creating healthier choices, restaurants are posting the amount of calories in their menu options and even the USDA has jumped on board by making significant changes to school meals in an effort to curb childhood obesity.

Although certain people, (some) food companies and the government are truly making an effort to educate people on how to live a “healthy lifestyle”, healthy will always mean so many different things to people, and that’s OK!

The idea of healthy being black and white (you are or you aren’t), is completely false. Healthy living is very much a person’s interpretation.

In my opinion, there are no specific rules when it comes to living a healthy and active lifestyle. Of course, there are some general guidelines, and there are some behaviors that are clearly unhealthy (smoking, excessive drinking, fast food etc.), but for the most part, everyone needs to find what works for them.

What Healthy Means to Me

To me, “healthy” means finding balance between mind, body and soul. It’s about eating a clean and wholesome diet most of the time. Understanding that slip-ups happen, and that indulging is not bad! It’s about fitting some sort of exercise into my daily routine, even if it’s simply walking instead of driving, or taking the stairs. Healthy does not involve a scale – it involves feeling comfortable in my own skin, staying positive and being the best version of myself that I can possibly be.

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What does healthy mean to you?

 

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Comments

  1. I really loved reading this. It was interesting to read the definition of healthy as I never had. There are so many different ways to be healthy, and it doesn’t mean you have to “eat clean” and skip all the treats all the time. I am a firm believer in treats, and enjoying food. I don’t like a lot of ingredients that people use and say are so healthy, but I’m ok with how healthy is for me.
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  2. This is such a well-written post, and I agree 100%. Healthy is such an ambiguous term and I think taking the time to really reflect on what it means to us as individuals is so crucial. I’ve actually shared this with my readers through my blog’s Weekend Wrap-Up today, and wanted to stop by with the link in case you were interested. Thank you for writing this post, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  3. This was beautiful! I have struggled with my weight my whole life and am finally making peace with my body. Your line “It’s about fitting some sort of exercise into my daily routine, even if it’s simply walking instead of driving, or taking the stairs.” was a blessing. I often pressure myself so much to “eat this! don’t eat that! do at least x numbers of cardio a day. Do at least x hours of strength training a week. If you want the “ideal” body, do XYZ”. That’s a lot of pressure. So that line really resonated with me and helps take the pressure off. A healthy lifestyle doesn’t look like XYZ necessarily, but can have different components. Thank you for this <3

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