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New Year, New Definition of Health

What exactly defines a healthy life?

I see a lot of people in my practice who are under the misconception that health means you feel amazing all the time.

As we come into the new year, I wanted to start to redefine health in a way that relies less on perfectionism and more on a balanced, human experience.

Healthy people have bad days.

Sometimes we just feel crappy and that’s okay. It doesn’t necessarily point to something that needs to be ‘fixed.’

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If you’re experiencing a problem for longer than a few days, it’s definitely a good idea to check in with your healthcare provider.

Healthy people sometimes make ‘unhealthy’ choices

Being healthy doesn’t mean never missing a gym day or never eating ice cream again. There are times for discipline, and there are times for uninhibited joy and indulgence. Finding that balance is the key.

Health is a continuous journey

We are never ‘done’ being healthy.

We need to stop approaching health like it’s some kind of magic pill or formula, we are a lot more complex than that, and it's the culmination of our daily choices that creates a healthy life.

Health is a gift

Often it’s not until something happens to disrupt our inner balance that we realize how precious it is. Sometimes we just need to stop and be grateful for what is, instead of finding something to improve.

Healthy New Year!