What does healthy lifestyle mean?
There is definitely a rising popularity in health fads – we live in a day and age where Instagram stars promote supplements for hair and weight loss, and pesky detox teas. But what does it truly mean to be healthy? Being healthy is a combination of mental health, physical health, and emotional health. Often, many have a skewed perception of what being healthy means – it’s not necessarily about consuming lots of superfoods and buying expensive supplements, or eating less, or stressing about comparing your diet with someone else’s – everyone is unique and will have different needs. So, what does it really mean to be healthy?
You have healthy relationships.
The people that you associate yourself with, and spend time with, should be a positive influence in your life. You should be able to trust them, confide in them, and be yourself around them. Healthy relationships are a good indicator of good mental health, as they demonstrate your ability to understand yourself and your self-value. Having people around you that support your decisions and support you in times of need are extremely valuable!
You eat healthy meals and you’re eating enough.
‘Healthy meals’ mean getting your daily fill of carbohydrates, protein, and fats – yes! All three macronutrients are needed in a diet in order to be healthy. The AMDR (Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges) include: Protein at 10-35%, Fat at 20-35%, and Carbohydrates at 45-65%. Make sure to keep oily foods at a minimum, and load up on whole grains, fruit and vegetables. Eating enough is crucial too; the average calorie intake for women is 2000kcal, while men need 2,500kcal, however, needs differ based on your weight, height, and age – use some of the free calculators online to figure your calorie needs!
You feel energized rather than lethargic.
Feeling lethargic is often a sign of a nutrient deficiency. Did you know? Iron is the number one most common nutritional deficiency in the world, but also one of the most critical nutrients for the body? Not only do you need to ensure you’re eating enough macronutrients (carbohydrates, fat, protein), but micronutrients like iron, zinc…etc. play a very important role in ensuring your body stays working like a well-oiled machine.
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- How would you define “healthy?”