What the Heck is ‘Healthy?’

Hi guys! Happy Monday! Hope your week is off to an amazing start.

I started mine off with a sweaty iron-pumping sesh, a trip to the post office (package is on the way, my Pilot lurve), and a glorious breakfast.

Perfect Protein Pancakes!

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It’s been too long….

They were just as amazing as I remember :)

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So as I’m sure you guys know, there’s been a lot of brouhaha in the blog world this past week. A lot of *bad* happened, but some very thoughtful and much-needed conversations occurred as well. I especially loved *this post* by my friend Heather regarding blogger responsibilities.

Throughout last week, quite a lot of talk went down classifying bloggers’ actions/training plans/eating styles as “healthy” or “unhealthy”.

It got me thinking: What the heck is healthy, anyway??

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Disclaimer: If you are currently struggling with ED or in recovery and think that reading about this topic may result in a trigger effect or is a sensitive issue, please skip the rest of this post. I don’t ever want to offend or influence others, just share my experiences and what has worked for me and what hasn’t. Everyone is different and knows how certain things affect their bodies and minds—it’s up to us to use our best judgment.

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“Healthy” is such a subjective term and what is considered healthy and normal for one person, may be not-so-healthy to someone else. In the beginning of my weight loss journey and even into maintenance mode, I thought *healthy* was about perfection. While I never had an official eating disorder, I definitely participated in disordered eating, which I’m sure many women unintentionally do when they’re flooded with so much information and trying to find a balance.

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There was a [very short] time in college when I ate a few Quaker granola bars for each of my meals and snacks. It wasn’t for weight loss or anything like that, but they tasted good, were inexpensive and I thought they were *healthy*. Going for an entire day without a fruit or vegetable is anything but. When I was trying to lose weight, I tried a variety of crazy diets (all of which I’ve written about on the blog) and there was a time when my life was very sugar-free, fat-free, low carb and chemical-laden. I tried so hard to be what I thought was *perfect*, almost all of the time, which I now know isn’t a fun or healthy way to live.

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I eventually realized that “healthy” is IMperfection. Not being afraid to skip a day at the gym, eat indulgent desserts without regard to calories or fat, and cutting yourself some slack… not just with fitness and eating, but with life. Taking time for a nap, a pedicure, a snuggle sesh, or a glass of vino and great chat with a friend.

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On the other hand, I think it’s so important to make fitness and nutrition a priority, without taking it overboard, for long and happy lives.

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So what’s the difference between healthy and unhealthy?

Is it the intention behind actions? The comfort in not always being *perfect*?

What does healthy mean to you??

I’m OFF work today, so it’s time to run amuck in Orlando. And by that, I mean do laundry and get groceries before dance tonight ;)

See ya later today!

xoxo,

Gina

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Comments

  1. Healthy is taking care of yourself inside and out. Mentally, physically, emotionally.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Healthy to me is doing something good for myself everyday – whether it’s making good food choices or getting in a workout.

  3. Healthy is taking care of myself and listening to my mind/body – whether that is choosing greens over grease for lunch or choosing to have cocktails and girl talk instead of 60 min at the gym – and VICE VERSA on any of it depending what makes sense for ME and my body at that time.

  4. To me, healthy means feeling and looking good from the inside out–nourishing and exercising your body, but also enjoying life too!

  5. Healthy is more then just a word. It is about being true to yourself emotionaly and physically each day.

  6. Healthy is feeling good about yourself and your life as it is. Being happy is an important part of being healthy.

  7. Lindsey says:

    I think healthy is being content with yourself as well as taking care of yourself physically and emotionally.

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