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Healthy Life, Healthy Living – What Does That Even Mean?

We have all heard it talked about, but what does “Healthy Life, Healthy Living” mean? After writing about Celery Juice, I realized it is not just about the foods you eat or how much exercise you get in each day… there’s a lot more to it than that.

Let me explain a little of what I mean with that.

I can eat healthy foods, and still be unhealthy. I can exercise and still be unhealthy. I can take “Me Time” every day and still be unhealthy.

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Great, So How Do I Change That?

To me, “Healthy Life, Healthy Living” goes beyond what we can physically see. If we are able to create an atmosphere we want to live in, not just physically, but mentally and financially as well, we will be on our way to being healthy overall.

In order to do that, we need to get rid of the constant judgment we typically place on ourselves (yep, I’m raising my hand on this one too!). Once we stop judging and stop worrying about what everyone else thinks, we can expand our idea of where we want to be with our mind, body, and finances.

I’ll explain my ideas of each of them separately, using my own experiences.


Healthy Mind Thoughts


In order to change my own mindset, I needed to find others to follow and learn from. I needed a mentor, even if that person didn’t know they were doing that for me. I chose spiritually uplifting yet not overtly religious, positive role models. I may not agree with all of their ideas or their political leanings. I do agree with my perception of how they treat people and what I feel they ultimately stand for.

Some of my “Mind Mentors” and their words I have chosen to live by include:

  • Joe Vitale: “Expect Miracles.”
  • Marie Forleo: “You don’t have to get it perfect. You just have to get it going.”
  • Oprah: “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”

Using “Me Time”, I have created a healthier mind by following and learning from their teachings.


Healthy Body Food


In order to create a healthy body, we need to be our own advocates. Seriously. What works for one person, does not always fit everyone else. And we have to actually be OK with that concept.

This goes for our exercise, eating habits, and even care from our doctors.

For me, I have found (through lots of experience!) that I do best with eating mostly fruits and vegetables. Meat, eggs, and dairy hurt my body.

But that doesn’t mean that I get to be downright nasty to anybody else for eating what hurts me.

When my kids were living in my house, yes, I chose what food came into the house. Especially since I was buying and preparing it! And when they had health issues, I did as much research as I could to figure out what would work best for all of us (without having to cook separate meals). This was my way of advocating for them.

I also followed and learned from “Body Mentors” that I felt had my best interest at heart (haha!), not their wallets. Some of those are:

  • Lindsey Nixon of Happy Herbivore: She uses everyday ingredients to create healthy, low-fat recipes that make eating great foods easy, affordable, and delicious
  • Dr. Wayne Garland of Body as Doctor: His mission is to “help heal the world one person at a time with the understanding thatYour Body is Your Best Doctor, So Just Listen”
  • Anthony William of Medical Medium: Devotes his life to guide and support others on learning how to overcome illness and disease

Again, using “Me Time”, I have learned about what works not only for my body, but for those in my household as well.


Healthy Finances


This is a tough subject for most people. There are many people who do not include finances as part of healthy living. Let me explain why I feel that is such a big part of “Healthy Life, Healthy Living”…

How many of us absolutely LOVE what we do while we’re making money? Most people go to a job they don’t really like, but they are good enough at the tasks to get hired. They keep doing that for much of their lifetime in order to pay the bills. Sound familiar? Yeah. Me too.

I had to make changes. I found working at a job consumed a huge portion of my life (like 1/3 of it or more!). When I was going someplace I didn’t really like, working for people I didn’t care for, it made it really difficult to enjoy everything else in life. And when I wasn’t making enough to cover my bills, that added stress on top of everything else.

When I started enjoying what I was doing while making money, I started living IN JOY. That meant I had to actually make some changes. For me, that meant starting my own business and becoming my own boss.

I also learned how to budget. And when I learned about how a budget will help me to live IN JOY now and in the future, it became something that I liked creating. I actually started finding ways to come UNDER budget where I could.

Once I started focusing on telling my money where to go, instead of my money just getting up and going, I have been able to do so much more with my life.

But it took me consciously making those changes. Learning how to create a budget. Learning to LOVE what I do, instead of just doing it out of obligation.

My mentor for that definitely has differences of opinion when it comes to religion and political leanings, but I love what he embodies:

  • Dave Ramsey: “Live like no one else so that later, you can live, and give like no one else.”

Using “Me Time” to learn about and create my budget has really helped to actually lower the stress load.

Putting It All Together

By becoming conscious in each of these areas, I have also reduced stress. I have felt more like me, a healthy me, rather than someone battling life around every bend and turn.

Finding positive parts of our lives, and creating some kind of organization out of our perceived chaos, ends up creating a more healthy life and definitely adds to healthier living situations.

I share my experiences with you because I have been there – not knowing what steps to take to just make it better. And I’m here for you, to help you, guide you, and cheer you on to a healthier life.

What does “Healthy Life, Healthy Living” look like for you? I’d love to hear your questions and comments below.

Big hugs and lots of love to you,


You DID it!


  • Jill

    Leslie, You so make me laugh! You write from your heart exactly as it is in the moment. I laughed when you said “you tell your money where to go rather than it just getting up and going”. Money has a happy knack of doing that but not in your household anymore. Humour and laughter are the most powerful healers. Did you know that? To us, living in the moment and “taking me time “ everyday. I’m sure your girls think you are a beautiful Mum. Look forward to your next humourous post. Go well. Cheers for now.

    • Leslie

      Thanks, Jill! I love to keep it real, and definitely am glad I got you (and hopefully others) to laugh about it! Laughter is the best medicine, and something we all need reminding of from time to time. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Todd Matthews

    Leslie, you’re absolutely right. I believe when we surround ourselves with those who value the same things we do, do what’s good for our body from an individualist point of view. I love how you said what might work for our bodies may or may not work for others. This is true, and it’s shown in my six years’ experience working as a personal trainer, meaning I had to individualize everyone’s goals to their own needs.

    Speaking of which, I’ve seen a huge correlation in lifestyle change alone when it came to mind and body, as in gyms with positive atmospheres, many of my and the gym’s overall client base stuck with and met their goals. And trust me, they didn’t have the positive mindset when entering. Only when they saw the positivity emitting from ourselves, the members, and other clients, along with individualized programming did they go on to meet two of the three criteria mentioned above.

    For many, the finances were predictably the toughest. But for myself, after improving my own mind and body, I had similar issues. While I loved training, it did deteriorate to the point I quit caring for who I worked for, due to negative changes in staff and me venturing elsewhere. However, as you said, when you find yourself making money while loving what you do, the third and final piece of the puzzle will be set.

    And that’s what I’m working toward now in more ways than one. I’m new to the game, only about five months into making money on my own terms with a long way to go, but at the very least it’s something I can wake up and look forward to each day, even if the mainstream income isn’t quite there yet.

    • Leslie

      Glad to hear all of that is part of your personal training. You will definitely get there with the finances. All of the pieces fit together like a big puzzle, sometines we just have to work on the outside edges first.

      Hope you’re making today great!

  • Theresa

    I love this post! I have only recently learned that wellness isn’t just about physical health. There’s so much more to it than that! I’m finally learning to do what’s best for me and that it may not be the same for everyone. I’ll be checking back regularly to see what else you have to say. 🙂

  • Carolyn Roy

    This post really hit home for me today, thanks for sharing.

    May we all find a little “me” time in this crazy, never slow down world.

  • Jennifer

    I love the part where you mention ” telling my money where to go, instead of my money just getting up and going.” That is very true. Just being grateful for what I have, my loved ones, my job, and the money that I have been blessed with makes me see how prosperous I already am as well. It’s like you know that you really already have everything you need so it tends to make you spend less. Can’t wait to read more of your future posts! Thank you!

  • Iva Ilisić

    This article is really great. It describes every persons life. I think everyone had this struggle once in their life. I am having it right know. We all just have to realize what makes us happy and how to live a happy life. We all seem happy the most time to others and maybe to our selfs to, but in the inside we are fighting a huge battle.
    Continue to post articles like this. Thumbs up 🙂

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