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What is Healthy?

The other day, I was thinking… What is healthy?  What’s a good, broad definition?  And I didn’t come up with a medically defined term, but I did come up with a definition of healthy that has seemed to work for me and the lifestyle I live.

So here goes… This definitely isn’t a perspective of a perfect girl, but of a girl who desires to glorify God in blending her spiritual and physical endeavors.

What is Healthy

What is healthy?  A lot of people have different definitions, formulas, books, websites, and guidelines that define healthy.  People have various ways to become healthy.  There are many diet formulas such as South Beach Diet, Weight Watcher’s, Atkins, the Zone diet, and of course your good selection of detox diets.

It kind of puzzles me why there are so many diets.  Dieting has always seemed fairly simple to me.  Most people that go on diets will sooner or later fall off of the bandwagon.  They shave off the 50 pounds, but then go back onto their regular eating happens, and  the 50 pounds creep back up, along with 10 pounds more.

Healthy living is not a constant regime of strict dieting.  Healthy living is a lifestyle.  It’s something that becomes the part of the way you live.  It’s a habit.  You get into the habit of eating healthily, when your mom makes a pot of oatmeal every morning with all the fixins’.  You grow up enjoying healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables and learn to eat moderately just by eating till you aren’t hungry anymore.

Being healthy is not just counting your 1200 calories per day and losing 1 pound per week.  It’s something you can do and maintain in vitality and strength.  You could be eating 1, 1200 calorie happy meal at McDonald’s every day and lose weight.  You could be a normal weight or even skinny after your Mcdonald’s diet, but what about your cholesterol levels, your blood sugar, blood pressure, blood flow, and the accumulation of fat in place of muscle in your body?

Skinny does not equal healthy.  Girls may get the perception that models are healthy because they are skinny.  However,  many models aren’t healthy.  In fact many are quite the opposite.  Many of them feel an intense pressure to be thin, because the culture says, “Thin is in.”  God didn’t create everyone to look exactly alike.  Some people are naturally thin.  Some people aren’t.  And we need to learn to be content like Paul.  Philippians 4:11-12  11Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. ”  

This post is definitely not done… It will be continued.


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