What is ‘Healthy’?

what is healthy

Everyone seems to have a different definition of ‘healthy.’ Which I think is great. There is no one definition and it is totally personal to your beliefs, health needs, lifestyle, and more.

My healthy is a lot of different things. It means having the energy to do the things I love; being mindful and doing my best to listen to my hunger and fullness cues; choosing foods that make my body feel good most often; including lots of veggies; getting a good night’s sleep on most nights; being active but choosing the types of activities I enjoy; being flexible around food and not having restrictions or labeling foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad’; allowing myself to have chocolate or cookies or beer or fries if I want to.

I’m sure most people I see at my local co-op would include  ‘local’ and ‘organic’ in their definition, while some of my patients at the hospital may include low saturated fat and sodium, and those with celiac may include gluten-free in their definition. I think this is great and goes to show that there is no one perfect ‘diet’ or way of eating.

So what is healthy? Each person is unique and so are their health and nutrition needs.

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