Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
And healthy is in the fork of the eater. Confused? Yeah, me too. Let me try that again.
The word “health” is defined as “,” and “ .” While I’m sure we can all agree vigor is a badass word and should be used more prominently and often, the rest of the definition is open to interpretation.
Surprisingly, the things I find to be healthy might cause others to turn up their noses, and not because of a particularly odoriferous blue. It’s shocking, I agree. You know what else though? It’s possible the things you deem healthy make me want to run in the opposite direction, fast (cough, protein powders, cough), and the truth of the matter is that’s ok.
At the end of the day, we all have different takes on what is or isn’t healthy. For some, it’s Vegan, Paleo, Raw, Gluten Free, Pescetarian, you get the idea. Others suggest dairy is the devil and sugar is a slippery slope to the seven layers of hell. Me, I’d like a slide installed; make my descent a little more thrilling. Also, I’d appreciate a ladder so I could climb my way out whenever the mood suited me. Plus, exercise.
Now I’m not saying my version of healthy is the One Ring to Rule Them All. I just know it works really well for me, and it’s entirely possible it will work differently for you.
Since I promulgate myself as a Healthy Living Blogger though, it’s important to share my version of Healthy with you and to share it often. After all, it is kind of the whole point.
Using olive oil more than I use butter.
Eating whole, nutrient dense, and magically delicious foods.
Minimizing overly processed and packaged goods.
Making my own pizza.
Shopping the outside aisles of the grocery store.
Avoiding the low-crap, zero-crap, reduced-crap and any other lesser crap nonsense because it’s crap.
Passing on protein powders because they’re unnecessary and I don’t need to eat to make myself feel fuller longer. I’ll take a side of enjoyment though.
Steering clear of chemical anything.
Consuming edibles which nourish, heal and fuel my body.
Variety in my diet.
Eating foods I love in the right quantities.
Kitchen Dance Parties.
Being able to laugh at yourself.
All good things in moderation, including moderation.
The occasional wedge of cheese.
Devouring a rainbow of colors.
Eating mountains of beautiful fruit.
Eating even bigger buckets of produce.
Eating sexy and sassy salads that ♫ make me wanna leave the one I’m with, start a new relationship with you. ♫
Belting out a particular stirring tune, even if you suck at it.
Drinking lots and lots of water, lesser amounts of coffee and the occasional glass of booze.
Sweetening food using honey, maple syrup, dates, bananas, raw sugar, brown sugar, and even the white devil from time to time.
Purple potatoes. Red skinned potatoes. Sweet potatoes, White potatoes. All the Potatoes.
Whole grains including oats, flour, rice, bread and pasta.
Eating eggs, the yolk and all, and full fat dairy.
Indulging every so often.
Solid nights of sleep where you wake up ready to conquer the world.
Taking a breather from work, even work you love.
Asking for help when you need it.
Moving your body a few times a week and enjoying yourself in the process.
Giving yourself permission to relax and meaning it.
Taking care of yourself.
Scheduling in downtime because you deserve it.
Having balance in your life.
Being strong mentally as well as physically.
Photoshopping your head onto Linda Hamilton’s body because it’s funny. Alright, this one might be questionable.
The whole package, the full shebang, the real deal.
What does healthy look like to you? It’s alright if your version is different from mine. Promise.