Intuitive Eating

How do you define health?

February 25, 2015

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A Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) with a master's degree in dietetics & nutrition. My passion is helping you find peace with food - and within yourself.

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The way our culture defines health:

  • Thinness
  • Exercising as much as possible – the more the better
  • Thinness
  • Only eating certain "healthy" foods, although which foods are acceptable keeps changing (e.g. dairy is good for your bones today and dangerous to your health tomorrow).
  • Thinness
  • Counting/limiting calories, carbohydrates and fat
  • Did I mention thinness?

How I define health:

  • Your organs are functioning properly.  When you think about it, all medical screenings and tests are just proxies to determine if your body is functioning properly at the organ level.
  • Psychological stability, mental capabilities at your brain's capacity
  • Emotional wellness – ability to experience, identify, and cope with emotions effectively

Note that weight isn't part of my definition of health.  Normal weights occur at all weight points – this is how nature works.  A person can be healthy at any weight, just like they can be unhealthy at any weight.  Health is a picture of the whole person – mind, body and spirit, and we must nurture all aspects.  

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