What IS Healthy, Anyway?

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This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

I kind of skirt around this issue here, but the word healthy is pretty bothersome to me sometimes. Recently I wrote an article for a magazine that will run in September about “healthy back-to-school lunches.”

And honestly, I didn’t know where to start. What IS healthy? It depends entirely on whom you ask! My pediatrician might say it’s unhealthy that I’m still giving my 5-year-old daughter whole milk and that I tend to avoid low-fat dairy. She might think it’s unhealthy that I usually rarely feed my babies cereal or give them vitamin supplements.

And yet my friend Michele, the president of our local Weston A. Price Foundation chapter, would probably think it’s unhealthy that I ever let my kids have sweets or genetically-modified corn things. (Not that she would ever say anything to me; she’s WAY too sweet for that. I’m just saying her definition of healthy doesn’t include these things.)

I had a difficult time with the article, finally deciding to go with the approach that “healthy” is real food, food that grows from the ground or comes from an animal. In my heart, that’s what I believe and what I want for our family. And I make strides toward it sometimes, and then take steps back at other times, too.

Something I think we can all agree on is that it’s healthy to take care of your body from the outside as well. You know, take a bath or shower, wash your hair (whether it’s with shampoo or vinegar, whatever!), brush your teeth, and so forth.

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One thought on “What IS Healthy, Anyway?

  1. My best friend is a dietician and I know that we have a very different idea about what is healthy. I toe the same line you do, of resisting processed food as much as possible and choosing foods in their purest form….even if they’re high in fat. When people ask me if dishes I cook are “healthy”, I know they are referring to fat and calories…so usually, no. It’s such an interesting contrast.

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