Redefining "Healthy": Have the Courage to Do Something Different
The theme of this year's National Eating Disorders Awareness Week "Come As You Are." The campaign, which runs from February 25 through March 3, 2019, aims to amplify voices within marginalized communities and break down the stigma surrounding the reality of eating disorders.
"Come as you are" means:
- Having the courage to do something different.
- Redefining "healthy" for yourself and not grasping desperately at someone else's arbitrary and inauthentic definition.
Society can't tell us what is healthy. If you look outside yourself for a guide to being healthy, then you're screwed. Really.
Medical professionals say
- 30 minutes of exercise per day is healthy
- lifting weights is healthy
- cardio to increase your heart rate is healthy
- counting your steps is healthy
Society says eating organic and lean and keto is healthy.
Trainers and celebrities say that molding your body is healthy because it makes you feel better.
Your friends say that fit is hot and healthy.
But what if "healthy" actually means:
- enjoying every food on the planet, eating a cookie every day (yup, every day, or maybe a brownie or a piece of cake)?
- taking weeks off exercise because you're in pain or tired or busy or you just don't feel like it?
What if "healthy" isn't about being toned but having some delicious sexy human softness?
What if "healthy" means leaving your body alone to be where it wants to be size-wise, where you function the best, where you can most access your ability to love, to empathize, to support, to be present?
What if "healthy" means peace of mind, gentleness with yourself, and a fiery passion for life?
Some of us have chased society's definition of health and it almost killed us. We lost ourselves and almost lost our lives.
YOUR "HEALTHY" IS YOUR "HEALTHY". It's not a size, a shape, a meal plan, an exercise plan, 10,000 steps, or moral superiority for eating or looking a certain way.
DARE TO REDEFINE WHAT "HEALTHY" MEANS FOR YOU.
Director of Admissions and Utilization Review