The word ‘healthy’ means different things to different people, it could be mean something completely different to a college student than it does to a working mum. Regardless of who you are, I want to make a very clear point in this blog. Being healthy does not have one definition. It is not one stereotype or set of rules you have to live by.
I think the word ‘health’ has received a certain stereotype over the recent years. There are certain things associated with that term that I guess people see as being ‘cool’. I want to remind you girls that you don’t need to have certain things, or do certain things in order to see yourself as ‘healthy’. You don’t need to buy the latest workout gear or the most expensive equipment to be healthy. You don’t need to post a photo of a green smoothie once a week, especially if you really hate spinach. Healthy doesn’t need a price tag, or a set of ‘rules’ to follow.
Being ‘healthy’ may mean different things to different people, however for me personally, healthy means feeling fit, strong and confident. It means being realistic and doing what works for you and your body, eating a balanced diet with wholesome foods and enjoying the occasional treat when you feel like it. Healthy doesn’t have to mean expensive either. I often talk to people who say they want to clean up their eating, so their game plan is to head to their nearest health food store and stock up on every ‘superfood’ and other goodie they can find - because they think this is the definition of ‘healthy eating’. This then leads to the dilemma of having to fork out a fortune of money for foods they probably don’t even know how to cook.
Whilst I encourage trying new things and experimenting, I want to let you girls know it is perfectly normal to still eat ‘healthy’ with easily accessible foods you can find in your local supermarket. I think this is especially important for those girls who are younger and may not have full time jobs or are currently studying. I know it may not be in your budget to allow yourself a luxurious grocery shop each week. There are SO many delicious meals you can make with fresh fruits, veggies and proteins that are easily found in the supermarket and are all equally as packed with nutrients. You can find some of them in my Sweat With Kayla app.
Healthy doesn’t mean I have to spend a certain amount of money each month on new gym clothes, because my old styles will do exactly the same job. If you don’t have certain equipment because you can’t afford it at the moment - improvise! So many of my BBG girls have used things like milk bottles, sacks of potatoes and even school books as weights! Remember that the ultimate goal is how you feel on the inside - not how you look on the outside (both to yourself and the outside world). Social media is a great tool for sharing, but never get caught up in comparing yourself to others.
This brings me to my next point - misconceptions. Whilst I believe knowledge is the key to growth there are certain situations where too many opinions and articles about the same thing can make people confused - especially when it comes to their health. With the invention of fad diets, smarter marketing and social media, also comes a saturation of ‘health advice’. I find it so sad when I talk to girls and they tell me they don’t think they are ‘healthy’ because they ate a burger the other week. Girls, I want to make this point really clear - eating a burger one time does NOT make you unhealthy. In fact, it makes you human!
The key to a healthy and happy life is to never deprive yourself and feel like you are missing out on the things you enjoy. This is especially important when it comes to your health and fitness, because it can become so easy to get into bad habits, both physically and mentally. Eating a burger or a donut does not define who you are, what your goals are or what you can achieve. Your mindset does! If you want to do something, there is nothing stopping you from achieving that apart from yourself. Believe in yourself and put in effort day in and day out - no matter how large or small that sum is.
Be wary of what you read on the internet and remember if something seems like it’s too good to be true, then it probably is. Remember that ‘health’ isn’t defined by a series of rules, e.g no carbs, low fat, a certain style of exercise or what time of the day you eat. Health is largely up to the individual and it is based on how you feel!
I hope that each of you can find a balance in your life that works for you, whether you are a student, a mum or a working in a full time job. Everyone deserves to feel healthy, happy and confident. Remember to exercise regularly and eat a diet filled with wholesome, unprocessed foods - your body will thank you for it!
Love, Kayla xx