I used to believe that being healthy meant following these kinds of rules:
Yet, as we all know, humans are as unique as their DNA so not all of the rules I followed worked so well for me. And some days are better than others when it comes to how we feel, even if we think we're doing everything on our checklist.
So does following a few general guidelines like this really define optimum health for everyone?
I've come to believe that the kale that might be great for you and your body, is not good for me because I have such a hard time digesting it. Or the burger that you so love from that restaurant, can send me home with tummy aches for 2 days because of the way they prepared it. Or that afternoon piece of fruit that you so look forward to, will cause me to start craving sugar and give me the shakes because I had it without a healthy fat. So I've learned that listening to my particularly needs, and not just following the latest health trend, will help me feel a whole lot better each day.
Over the next few blogs, I'll share my insights, challenges and rewards that I've discovered about my health. I'm getting to know and understand my body, and in doing so, giving it what it needs when it needs it. I'm writing this blog for you in the hopes that you have an "aha" here or there that may take you one step closer to feeling healthier and stronger. After all, we are all meant to feel joyful, energetic and strong each day. And it all starts with our basic health.
What is Health?
To start this journey, I thought I'd take a peek at how the word "health" gets defined in common forums online. So I checked a few local sources for a definition:
Health is an inside-out job. It starts deep in our cells, our hearts and organs, and our thoughts and attitudes. Then it bursts out from us. So it's really, really important that we pay attention to what's bursting out from us. Does it feel good? Does it hurt? Does it feel unwell? As we listen, we can understand ourselves from that deep, quiet place inside.
So I pose a few questions for you to ponder:
What is your definition of the healthy you?
Until next time, Be Kind to Yourself.
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