December 6, 2015

What does it mean to be healthy?

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A lot of people throw around the word “healthy” these days. Healthy food. Healthy lifestyle. Healthy diet. But what does it really mean to be healthy?

When we talk about your journey toward health and becoming a healthier person, I don’t mean that we’re working on your six-pack. Having a six-pack is nice and all, but it’s not going to make you a happier person. It’s not going to make people love you more, and it certainly won’t ward off any terminal illnesses.

Being healthy means being happy with your body, at whatever stage you are in today, at whichever point you are on in your journey. It means filling your body with nourishing fuel, and also having the balance to enjoy the foods you want in moderation. Healthy means being active and enjoying your exercise, rather than seeing it as punishment. When you are healthy, you have more energy, you can think more clearly, and you have a positive attitude. You understand which foods make you feel better, and which ones to avoid. You are building habits that will increase your longevity, and reduce your risk of diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Above all, you understand this one simple truth: that you’re not leasing your body, but you own it; and it’s the only one you get. It’s like owning the same car for the rest of your life. You would need to perform regular maintenance, make sure it had proper oil, and high-quality fuel. You would try your best to ensure that the car would be around to see your children, and even your grand children. And if the car failed due to improper care, well, you might have to walk. And walking would make you much slower than everyone else. And sadly, you would probably miss out on a lot of things that other people could do because they took care of their cars.

The most important thing to understand is that you can’t buy good health. You can’t take a magic pill, and you definitely can’t turn back time. But you can adopt a healthier mindset; and that’s something you can do today. A mindset that says, “I love my body and I’m in it for the long-haul.”

I’m excited to help you on your journey, and eager to share tips for living a healthier lifestyle. A lot of people know the why, but they just don’t know the how. I will provide you with healthy recipes and advice, and I can even provide custom meal plans if you need help getting started.

Cheers to a healthier you!

xoxo,

Raquel

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