You Do You!
“Healthy” is a label that’s thrown around everywhere, but it’s actually hugely subjective.
Take walnuts, for example. Amazing little nuts loaded with omega-3 fats, monounsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamin E, and more. Many label walnuts as healthy – and they totally sound it, right? Unless you’re like me and walnuts trigger anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.
Healthy is Subjective
Obviously, no matter how many benefits walnuts have, they will never be a healthy choice for me personally that results in honoring my body. This concept doesn’t just apply to severe food allergies, either. Whether you have food allergies, intolerances, sensitivities, medical conditions, cultural or religious backgrounds, financial constraints, or more, health is something that everyone needs to own and customize to fit individual needs and wants.
Mindfulness is Key
Mindfulness is so important. Be present in this current moment. Don’t get caught up in past choices, “mistakes”, or “failures”. Nothing is ever really a failure if you learn from it and grow. Be present and make decisions for yourself based out of compassion and love, not out of fear or hate. Example: are you adding vegetables to your plate because they make you feel better, more balanced, and to nourish your cells, or are you forcing vegetables to your plate because you didn’t like how those old pants fitted when you tried them on and now you’re trying to restrict yourself, almost punishing yourself for not fitting in an old, arbitrary pair of pants?.
Awareness, not Fear
Whether it’s managing food allergies, intolerances, or sensitivities, or making any kind of health-related choice to honor your body, fear should never be a factor. Even with a severe food allergy that could literally kill me, and quickly too, fear doesn’t serve me; awareness does. Awareness empowers you, enables acceptance, and creates more opportunities for you to honor yourself.
Health is More Than the Food on Your Plate
Nutrition is just one small piece of the picture of your health. Your health is also impacted by physical movement (too much and too little), stress, career, family and relationships, finances, sleep, mental health, emotional health, and more. Caring for yourself as best you can in as many facets as you can will create a much more well-rounded picture of health for yourself.
Have Fun and Feel Good
Importantly? Decisions you’re making for health (or anything, really) should create positivity in your life. Life is short! Move your body in ways that you enjoy and make you feel good! Laugh! Have fun with family and friends! Eat pretty food – or don’t! Nourish your body – but don’t stress about dessert, either! Life is what you make of it.
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