I’ve thought my whole life about what it takes to stay healthy naturally. Health to me means ability to partcipate – to be able to walk a mile whenever you want, to be free from major health fears, and to be able to say, “Yes, I’m up for this. I’ll be there.”
I’m a mom and worker. Like you, sometimes my life gets hectic and it’s tough to look after health basics like fresh food and regular activity. But staying healthy is simpler than it seems. In fact simple is key.
Whether you’re vegan or paleo, elite athlete or office worker, whether you want to gain weight or lose weight – you must have three pillars in your life:
- FOOD – Prepare (most of) the food you eat.
- ACTIVITY – Move your body every day. (You don’t need a huge effort, and you don’t even have to get sweaty. But if you are a human being you must move your body. It’s evolution’s fault if you need to blame someone.)
- GOOD PEOPLE – Keep good people in your life. (They’ll help you through the hard times and give you a little smack alongside the head when you’re being totally annoying. The rest of the time they’re neat to be around. They’re in your corner.)
My blog, You Next Year – Health Is Fun, is about you and me being healthier this time next year. It’s about you and I establishing the small habits that support the three pillars. Little things add up. You next year – healthier. And the year after, healthier again. We’re in this for the long haul.
Health is more than weight. Do you think if you had more time or more money for personal trainers and chefs, you would have the weight that makes you happy? If this was true then no celebrity’s weight would ever roller coaster. Health is in the doing – cooking your own food, moving your body, and keeping good people close. Do this and the weight will follow. The healthy, sustainable weight that’s right for you will follow.
I believe that in fifty years, this worry over how much anyone weighs will be an antiquated issue. Weight became a health measure because it’s easy to classify. Personally I lost three inches of fat around my waist with zero change in weight, by observing the three health pillars. My weight didn’t signal needed health changes beforehand, and afterwards it didn’t show my new vigour. There is no one perfect weight to predict health. But regardless of your genes or anything else in your life, the food you eat must be prepared with love, and you must move your body daily. There will always be someone to make health confusing. But whoever you are and whatever your personal goals, the three pillars are non-negotiable.
I don’t believe in counting calories. Five years after dieting, 85+% of dieters have regained the weight they lost and often weigh more than when they started. This despite the huge amount of willpower, sweat and tears it took to lose that weight, and the $20 billion Americans spend annually to lose weight. There’s got to be a better way to stay healthy and slim enough.
Keep it simple. Practice the three health pillars. The health will follow. And the weight will follow the health.
You may be wondering whatever does the skydiving photo have to do with health and weight? It was a pure moment with dear friends. –That’s me on your right. I look the same now, except older :) Hold happy moments close. If it makes you feel good you’re on the right track.
You and me. We’ve got this.