Let’s talk about the word “healthy”. We’ve all heard it and we all believe that we know what it means. Do we really though?
We are constantly being told what it means to be “healthy”. Social media influencers, celebrities, people in health care, basically everyone on the internet is dishing out health and fitness advice. There is a lot of advice out there that’s accurate, but there is also a lot that isn’t. Everyone claims to have this idea of what it means to be “healthy”. If we don’t achieve that idea in our heads or don’t look like the fitness guru’s on social media, we believe we’ve failed. FALSE!!!
I can hear you thinking, “well what do you know about what it means to be healthy”. Yeah, I’ve asked myself this question before too. LOL. I am certainly no expert, but I’ve spent a lot of time (and still do everyday) learning about health for myself so I can live as healthily as possible. I do know one thing for certain: being “healthy” is a goal we never stop working towards.
Alright darlings, I’m going to share with you 3 things I’ve found that we are often told is the definition of “healthy”, but really isn’t.
1. “Healthy” doesn’t always mean “skinny”
OKAY, I want to be clear, I am in no way saying that someone who’s skinny isn’t healthy. Not true! But, don’t think that what you weigh or how you look solely determines your level of health. The term “skinny fat” has become a more common term in recent years, but if you haven’t heard it, let me break it down for you. According to MD Mark Hyman, ” these people have a low body mass index (BMI) but very little muscle. They maintain a normal weight while suffering all the consequences of diabesity [diabetes and obesity] on the inside”. So, keep this in mind next time that negative self-talk about your slow metabolism creeps into your thoughts. Being able to eat whatever and not gain weight sounds awesome, but it’s not doing those “lucky” people any favors. Focus on being healthy from within and the rest will follow!
2. “Healthy” doesn’t mean exercising everyday
Yes, it is important to exercise regularly. Not only for your physical health but also for your mental health; take it from me. Having said that, it’s important to note that you don’t have to lift weights for an hour and finish with 30 minutes of cardio 6 days a week to get your fix. If working out that much is something you want to do, then go for it. Do you. Just remember that everyone is different and what works well for someone else may not work for you. If you’re not a workout junkie and struggle to muster up the willpower to workout each day, know this: it’s okay to skip the gym sometimes. You don’t have to go to the gym at all! Walk your dog for 20 minutes. Park your car in the back of the parking lot at the grocery store so you have to walk more. Take the stairs when you only have one floor to go up instead of taking the elevator. We’re all guilty…. we wait 5 minutes for the elevator when we could’ve walked up the stairs in about 30 seconds. I have a professor that always says, “it’s the little things that add up over a lifetime”. Every little bit of exercise counts! Lifting heavy weight isn’t everyone’s thing, and that’s okay.
3. “Healthy” doesn’t mean eating greens all the time
I think you’ll agree with me when I say that the idea of eating a salad for every meal is like going on a boring date; it’s dull and feels like it will never end. Who likes that? On the contrary, eating green things can actually be pretty enjoyable. I am all about a green smoothie, a salad that isn’t boring, a steamy cup of green tea with lemon. You get it. I love my greens. But I also love Chick-fil-a and some chips and queso. It’s all about balance. I have realized after several attempts that super strict dieting just doesn’t work well. We’ve all been there; you try a detox diet you found on Pinterest that has you eating leaves and tuna for almost every meal, and on day two you find yourself sitting on the kitchen floor shoveling ice cream down your throat…..yeah, fail. If you don’t allow yourself to enjoy food that you love occasionally, you’re not going to be happy, and happiness is an important part of health! Let yourself have an occasional donut, it won’t break the scale (trust me).
Here’s what it boils down to: “healthy” shouldn’t be a word that scares us or makes us feel less than. Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t as unattainable as is seems right? Let me know in the comments what you think and tell me what “healthy” means to you!
Talk soon darlings.
xoxo, Julia ❤︎