Health & Wellness Promotion

Nutrition
What Is "Healthy"

Health: The condition of being well or free of disease. The overall condition of someone’s body or mind. The condition of being sound in body, mind or spirit; especially: freedom from physical disease or pain.

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary and the World Health Organization (WHO), this is the definition of health. Please note that these definitions are free of a particular weight or a particular pant/dress size.

They are also free from drinking matcha-green tea-kale-chia seed-blueberry-banana smoothies every morning and salad at lunch and dinner.

They are free from working out every day, doing yoga, CrossFit or running marathons.

Health is about the condition of your body, mind, AND spirit. Health is about how you feel physically, mentally, and emotionally. And about the coping mechanisms you use when one of those dimensions is out of whack.

Do you wake up LOVING 6am yoga classes and 10 mile runs, or do you dread it secretly every morning and night but continue on as it is perceived as “healthy?”

Do you look forward to your salad at lunch and savor every bite because you appreciate what it is doing FOR your body or does your “healthy” lunch leave you feeling empty and unsatisfied because you are forcing yourself to conform to the social norm of “healthy,” which has been outrageously misconstrued by our image obsessed society?

A person could be, perceivably, the most “healthy,” fit, lean, toned, clean eating person you know, but if their heart and their soul are worse off because of it, are they really as healthy as we perceive them to be?

Being “healthy” is having a loving relationship with your body and doing what is best for it, what feels good and what brings you joy. And sometimes, what’s best for a body is eating salad, and sometimes it’s eating a cookie. It’s called balance.

Healthy eating is a balance of moderation and overall well-being. It’s about honoring your body and rewarding it with the nourishment and exercise that it craves and also enjoying the pleasures in life, guilt-free, when those opportunities arise. All foods fit in a balanced diet!

Whatever you eat, or don’t eat, make sure it’s because you are choosing so out of respect and love for your body, not out of fear or shame of being “unhealthy.” That’s where society has misinterpreted the definition of “health.” Health should be a feeling, not a size, and yes, it’s possible to be healthy at any size.

What it all comes down to is this: Listen to your body and honor what it asks you for. Your body is amazing and capable and beautiful and it deserves to be honored for every breath you breathe and every thought you think. Treat it well and it will reward you. And sometimes, that means cookies!