My Thoughts on Being Healthy

I am not a nutritionalist. I am not a dietician. I am not a personal trainer. I am not a doctor. I am not a specialist. I am not a scientist. I am not a researcher. I am not a nurse. I am not an expert.

But I am healthy.

I don’t diet. I don’t cleanse. I don’t follow trends. I don’t go to the gym. I don’t avoid carbs. I don’t use meal plans.I don’t count calories. I don’t starve myself. I don’t juice. I don’t eat low-fat anything.

But I am healthy.

 I sometimes eat out. I sometimes eat pizza. I sometimes eat chips. I sometimes eat fries.  I sometimes eat ice cream. I sometimes drink beer. I sometimes stay inside all day. I sometimes spend too much time on my computer. I sometimes eat chocolate bars.

But I am healthy.

Being healthy isn’t easy.

Being healthy isn’t hard.

Being healthy takes time.

Being healthy is a choice.

I choose to be balanced. I choose to eat breakfast. I choose to walk home. I choose to swim.  I choose to cook my dinners. I choose to be a vegetarian. I choose to pack a lunch. I choose to go to bed early. I choose to eat real food. I choose to avoid processed sugars. I choose to learn about food. I choose to stop eating when I am full. I choose to find new recipes. I choose to make the time for yoga. I choose to drink water. I choose to be active. I choose to eat fruit. I choose to hike.

I choose to find the time to be healthy.

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15 thoughts on “My Thoughts on Being Healthy

  1. Thanks for all of the kind words and nods of agreement! Readerlee, Omnivore’s Dilemma, Eating Animals, End of Illness, In Defense of Food are a couple of my favourites. Cheers to choosing ot be healthy!

  2. Amen! It took a couple of books (Omnivore’s Dilemma and Fast Food Nation) to get me to start making more logical decisions about maintaining my health. Now I enjoy reading about health (by the # of books and magazine, I’d say I’m not the only one), but I also enjoy the challenge of making the right food choices. Thanks for sharing this. I’m nodding my head in agreement and thinking you took the words right out of my mouth (and arranged them much more poetically than I would have!).

  3. Love this Shannon! I agree with JENLV81- it should be posted somewhere! Love the emphasis on balance and choice. Actually can I print this out and post it in our girls locker room at school??

  4. This year my One Little Word is salud (health in Spanish). I loved this post because of that connection. I especially liked the emphasis on healthy being a choice. It is still something where I have a lot of room to improve (especially with eating), but I liked your reminders to not look for quick fixes and it really being more about control and balance. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Thank you for this. I struggle with good choices when I get busy or stressed. Like the week report cards are due. I leave work so exhausted I can’t think about dinner, so I make poor choices. Spring Break starts today and I have a fridge full of vegetables and healthy things to eat. One of my Spring Break goals is to get myself back on track, cooking healthy foods ad having some homemade soups in the freezer for those times I feel stresses. As the cook said in “The Tale of Despereauux”, “When times are terrible, soup is the answer.” 🙂

    • Thanks Anna! It absolutely can be achieved in a variety of ways. We just need to find the way that works best for us!

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