Healthy. What a loaded word.
Once-upon-a-time it was simple to gauge how healthy you were. If you felt well— physically, mentally and emotionally — and got good results at your annual physical then, generally speaking, you were doing fine.
Not any longer.
Health in 2017 isn’t just about how you feel but how well you can follow the latest healthy rules. And these “rules” are getting more complicated (and more contradictory) by the minute!
Living in L.A. has shown me the dark side of wellness. Here is a city where people debate about brands of bottled water, pay $200 to have themselves temporarily frozen (Cryotherapy), spend $15 on an anti-inflammatory smoothie and $300/month for a gym membership. You better believe that whatever new health advice the glossy magazines are spouting, it started here first folks.
Chasing wellness in this way is a luxury that only a small percentage of people can afford, both in time and money. Unfortunately, tt’s skewed the whole healthy living landscape and is neither realistic nor necessary.
Now don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great that individuals are getting smarter about their health. It’s essential that you understand what’s going on with your body, what isn’t working well, and how to get the help you need. But the constant avalanche of new healthy living trends can make it difficult for people to remember what it truly takes to be healthy.
There are foundational health habits that can make or break how you function. These are things like staying hydrated, sleeping well, eating vegetables, nurturing relationships, and practicing self-love.
Then there are the bonus health habits that can elevate your wellness, but they don’t rank at the top of the essential living list. These are things like interval training, drinking green juice, tongue scraping, intermittent fasting, and so on.
The foundational habits are those things that we all need to do to stay fit, healthy and happy for life. They tend to be free, or at least affordable, uncomplicated, and easy to remember. The bonus (trendy) routines, on the other hand, may be right for some people, but they DON’T work unless you’ve already established a solid base level of health.
I bring this up today as I want to encourage you to stop asking what healthy should look like, or if you’re taking all the right advice, and start thinking about how healthy feels.
A small pant size or a pantry filled with superfoods does not mean you’re healthy. It’s not obsessively following every fad or restricting foods or comparing yourself to other women. And it certainly shouldn’t be reserved for the elite.
Being healthy feels like living with energy, positivity, and joy. When you can eat well, move with ease, recharge, laugh, and live in alignment with your life priorities you will know that you’ve conquered healthy living. It’s simple to do and it’s more rewarding than you can imagine.
So if you’re ready to redefine health and take back ownership of your own wellbeing, here’s what I recommend:
- Close the magazine or shut down that social media app that is trying to define YOUR health on their terms.
- Take a breath.
- Ask yourself what healthy means for you, and take one simple step in that direction.
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