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The word “healthy” gets thrown around a lot. A LOT. Healthy food, healthy choices, healthy weight loss, healthy habits, healthy recipes…you get the idea. You’ve probably even used one or more of these phrases—I know I have, even on this blog. But have you ever considered what healthy means? Or, more importantly, determined what healthy means for you?

This is critical for several reasons:

First, while there are certainly some basic rules of thumb, when you really get down to it, truly effective guidance related to nutrition, exercise, stress management, and general health depends on, you guessed it, YOU. What is “healthy” for me might not be at all “healthy” for you.

Second, as it relates to food, “healthy” is a marketing term that is regulated by the FDA. And how the agency has defined healthy to date has come under some scrutiny; in response the FDA recently announced it would be revisiting its criteria for the term. (Click here to read more about this.)

Third, healthy, as I said is personal. It’s an adjective. It’s subjective. Nutritionists do not all agree on what it means. So let’s explore this oh-so-powerful word some more, and figure out what YOU might mean by healthy, before we continue to use it to judge everything by.  Read More

I don’t know you but I believe you are worth it– whatever it may be for you (health goals, relationship goals…). But what I believe doesn’t matter so much. You have to believe you are worth it.

Often people want substantive change in their life but don’t take substantive action because they do not believe they’re worth it. They do not believe they have value. Self-worth, self-confidence, self-perceived value is vital for emotional wellbeing. It is the foundation for adopting healthier habits and maintaining them. It is the key to happiness and fulfillment.  Read More

You’ve heard to drink water. You’ve heard to stay hydrated, especially when working out. But you probably don’t grasp how truly important this is. Not only can even mild dehydration reduce your endurance, strength, power, motivation, and perceived effort. But, you know, you could eventually die. Excessive dehydration, considered to be greater than 2 percent body weight loss from fluid loss, can increase the risk of nausea, headaches, impaired cognitive functions, vomiting, and diarrhea.

We could probably end this post with that. But let’s explore this whole water, hydration thing more. I haven’t even gotten to the science of sweat part yet. Read More