Yes, yes I am going to spend the new few months talking about my excitement of going to the BlogHer 2010 conference in NYC in August 😉 The agenda and speakers look awesome (Sahar is one of them!) and it looks like it will be a fantastic time.
It will be especially fantastic if you- yes you, fellow BlogHer attendees- want to room with me at the Hilton. I have a room booked but I am still roommate-less. Even if you already have your boarding arrangements figured out, let me know if you’ll be in NYC at the beginning of August!
About a month ago, we discussed and tried to define “emotional eating”. I’m interested again in hearing your thoughts about a definition: this time, about your definition of “health”.
To me, health is about balance. It incorporates happiness and goals and progress and achievement. It involves learning and evolving.
To me, healthy eating is about eating natural, whole, real foods. Healthy eating is when we have a good relationship with the food we eat; when we like what we eat and when we nourish our bodies with a variety of wholesome nutrients and appropriate amounts of the macronutrients. It is when we listen to our body and hunger cues.
To me, a healthy body is about enjoying fitness and reaping the benefits of being both physically and mentally sound. It is about including exercise as an integral part of everyday living, so that it becomes as natural as breathing. A healthy body is a body that can take care of itself with strength and power in the muscles and the organs.
To me, a healthy mind is when we challenge ourselves by stimulating the brain. It involves reading and communicating with others; it is when we practice the ability to look at the world from a new perspective and listen to new ideas.
These are only three small components of a healthy lifestyle and a healthy being. Health is in everything- there’s spiritual health, financial health, environmental health, and social health, to name just a few. But we all have different ideas of what it means to be healthy in these different ways. I recently received reader mail asking me about my thoughts on stevia and artificial sweeteners, for example. Even though stevia is generally considered a “natural” sweetener, I don’t like it much. And I do not believe that artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, are healthy. But from reading other health and nutrition blogs, it’s clear that there are many who do consider those ingredients to be healthy. Every time I come across a recipe with the word “healthy” in the title, which then turns out to have 1/2 cup of sugar (or more!) in it, I think to myself, “no, that is not healthy if it’s full of sugar!”. But that’s just my thoughts on the subject.
Which brings us to the question at hand: what is your definition of health? Is there any “healthy” product that you do not approve of? What components of health (if there is any in particular) do you tend to gravitate towards and focus on the most? And are you going to the BlogHer conference this year?