May
11

What I’m so honored by in the Ambitious Kitchen community is that many of you seem to be so positive, encouraging, kind and brave.

Yes, brave.

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MY OTHER RECIPES

The other day I went back through old Wellness Wednesday posts and read the comments. I love doing this at least once a month because it allows me to see how far I’ve come on my health journey coupled with the love you all bring to AK. The incredible outpouring of support, community and love for one another is truly astonishing. Reading through the comments, I could see that you weren’t afraid to share your experiences, fears, or step outside of your comfort zone and speak to me about something you’re struggling with.

You’re one in a million and I’m so unbelievably lucky to be able to share meaningful conversations with people like you.

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Today I want to talk about the word healthy. Or the definition of being healthy. In 2016, what does the definition of healthy even mean?

I used to believe that health was one way and one way only. I was ignorantly blinded by my own fixation of orthorexia, anorexia and binging. I thought eating clean was the only way. I labeled foods as bad and good. I ate the same things every single day for years. I measured everything. I controlled because most of my life felt so out of control. I exercised every single day for at least an hour. I weighed myself too much.

For years, I thought that all of this was healthy because I was thin, ate nutritious food and exercised. How I was incredibly wrong.

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Looking back, I can see how destructive I was to both myself and my relationships all because I simply wanted to be “healthy”. I didn’t allow myself some experiences because it interfered with how I thought I wanted to live.

Not only did I have these issues, but I also judged others for their choices when it came to food and exercising. Never out loud, but sometimes in my mind. It was wrong.

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These days are much different. My idea of what defines being healthy has changed and I’m finally in this place of balance, which I never thought would be possible. I’ve also grown up quite a bit, practiced compassion, learned how to be kinder in thought, and loved myself harder. The last part is especially important because learning to love and accept myself brought me to love and accept others. I could relate and sympathize.

I’m not sure if you’ll agree, but I think that most of our definitions of being healthy have changed especially over the years.

Society and the media are constantly providing us with endless information on how to eat, studies on what to avoid, and how to live the best lives possible. Our fixation on being the healthiest, happiest humans all the time is overwhelming and can even be detrimental to our overall well-being. Sometimes we forget that health has more than one definition.

These are just a few examples of “being healthy”:

A tri-athlete can be healthy.

Someone who exercises 3x a week is considered to be healthy.

Eating dessert can be included in a balanced diet.

Green smoothies are a nutritious, healthy snack or breakfast.

Practicing yoga is a stress relieving form of health.

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There are too many black and white ideas of what being healthy means and so I challenge you to think outside of what’s normal to you. To accept others perspective of what health means to them and the joy it can bring to their lives. Whether it be green smoothies or acai bowls, running followed by pizza on the weekends, early morning yoga or taking time for themselves; everyone is unique and so is the definition of health.

I want to hear your thoughts below! 

What does being healthy mean to you?

Also, if you have ANY requests for Wellness Wednesday topics, please leave them below or feel free to email me at ambitiouskitchen {at} gmail {dot} com.

Thanks for being here! I appreciate you. xo