Healthy Life, Healthy Living – What Does That Even Mean?
January 11, 2019
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.