So What Does Healthy Really Mean?

We believe “Healthy” is taking advantage of every opportunity to benefit physical, emotional, and spiritual well being.

As a physician,  I can’t tell you how many times I hear from patients that they dread coming to the doctor and how relieved they are that they only have to come once a year.  I can understand as a women as well that coming to the gynecologist can be awkward and uncomfortable, but what I really hear from my patients is that they hate being reminded about how “unhealthy” they are.  I feel like all my patients come expecting a lecture on all their failings and a to do list a mile long that includes a broccoli only diet and work out regimen that would make Lance Armstrong cringe (not possible).

It is for that reason and many others that I feel the word “healthy” has a horribly negative connotation and needs to be wholly redefined.

I believe that being healthy means taking advantage of every opportunity to benefit your physical, emotional, and spiritual well being—in moderation.  Yes, that is a very open ended definition—-something the scientific world doesn’t often allow.  And yes I do believe that there are some specifics, but true wellness cannot be defined by numbers on a scale, minutes on a treadmill, or supplements taken.  True wellness is an active pursuit, one that is life long, and when pursued is immediately and continually rewarding.  It is filling your life with all the things that are good for you and not necessarily focusing on the don’ts.  What you will find, as I have repeatedly found myself, is that if you actively fill your life with good you naturally won’t have time to fill it with what you shouldn’t.

But on a day to day basis, what does that really mean?  I have included a list of simple mantras that I believe, when lived by, naturally result in “true health”.

  • Cook for yourself
  • Eat your fruits and veggies—at least four servings a day.
  • Eat whole grains
  • Eat fish and lean meats in moderation
  • Take the stairs
  • Get your sleep—at least 7 hours
  • Exercise 30 minutes/day at least five days a week for your <3
  • Pray/Meditate at least 10 minutes a day
  • Spend time, quality time with your loved ones every day (without technology)
  • Have family dinner with whatever your family may be
  • Try new things — challenge yourself
  • Set goals in all areas of your life and check your progress monthly
  • Recognize your accomplishments and reward yourself

Take the long way to wherever you are headed, call someone you love, stop and think about all the good things you have in your life—-challenge yourself to redefine what healthy is for you by daily seeking to take advantage of every opportunity to benefit physical, emotional, and spiritual well being.

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