Readers… I have a guest post! It has been forever since I’ve shared from some of my other blogger friends, and Kat sent me this so I could share with you her take on ‘healthy living blogging’ and why ‘healthy’ is so different for each person. I love Kat; Kat first reached out to me via my blog; she would leave these really heartfelt, kind, sweet, thoughtful comments, and I was amazed when the Lord brought us together in more ways than one. She sent me the COOLEST sweat-shirt that says, ‘Peanut Butter Lover.’ It’s also bright pink, which I love. 🙂
But I don’t want to take up this space with my words; I want to share with you Kat’s gentle reminder that ‘Healthy Looks Good On You.’ (It doesn’t look like you’re starving or miserable or sad or malnourished. It looks and feels good!)
It seems like 90% of the blogging world is focused on health, nutrition, or exercise in some form. Cooks develop healthy recipes. Fashionistas analyze their workout clothes. Crafters make “timer” water bottles that encourage hydration. Everyone is focused on sporting the “perfect beach body,” running a 5k, and eating clean.
I have to wonder, though, what health truly is. Is it healthy to run despite searing pain? Is it healthy to deprive yourself of a small slice of cheesecake? Is it healthy (or even fashionable) to squeeze your body into clothes made for another body type?
Don’t get me wrong. I am as vain as they come. I spend time every week running and doing Pilates. I always choose whole-wheat bread instead of white bread, natural peanut butter instead of regular peanut butter, and sweet potatoes over their “bad-for-you” (albeit just as natural) counterparts. Exercise and healthy eating are important to me.
“’Vanity of vanities,’ says the preacher. ‘Vanity of vanities. All is vanity.”
The hard truth is that my labor for physical perfection is never going to satisfy me. If my goal is a “perfect beach body,” Pilates will never leave me toned enough. I will always see flaws. Although I love to run, I must accept the sad reality of inertia; I will never again be as fast as I was in high school. No matter how many different nut products I buy, I will never eat clean enough.
“The best that people can do is eat, drink, and enjoy their work. I saw that even this comes from God.”
–Ecclesiastes 2:24 NCV
(We both share a mutual love for nut butter) (Kat’s Picture)
I am not saying that I am going to quit running or working out or trying to eat whole foods. I love those things. Those actions make me feel alive and energetic. However, it’s okay if I eat ice cream occasionally. I’m not going to get “out of shape” if I only run one mile. The fact that I wear a size __X__ does not make me fat.
My worth is not the number on any tag, scale, time clock, or nutrition label. My worth is found in a God who knows the number of hairs on my head (Matthew 10:30).
My Picture) “Healthy” is realizing that the complete person is more than physical. Complete health is also relational, emotional, and spiritual.
And you know what? Healthy looks good on you.
Find Kat Here:
Her Blog: Kat’s 9 Lives
Her Instagram: Kats 9 Lives
1) Have you ever struggled with remembering that healthy looks good on you when you’re distracted by what someone else might define as healthy?
2) Have you come to a place where you are happy with the healthy that looks good on you?