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?
Let’s see what dictionary.com has to say, shall we?
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.
What does healthy mean to you?