I’ve noticed a trend in healthy living blogging. It goes a little something like this:Oh, this blogging thing is neat. I’ll share my mom’s famous chili recipe. Oh, but it has red meat. That’s unhealthy, right? I’ll make it with beans instead! Oh wait, did the beans come from a BPA-Free can? Wow, those BPA-free cans are expensive. This would be more cost effective if I bought them dry and hydrated them myself. Ugh, dry beans come in a plastic bag? Plastic is bad. I need to buy them from a bulk bin. The only store with bulk bins is 30 minutes away? Oh well, I’ll make the drive. Oh wait. what about my carbon footprint? I should just grow my own beans. …can you grow beans? Oh wait, aren’t lentils healthier than beans? Should I use those?
I’m not exempt. As I strive for the healthiest life for myself and my family, I sometimes feel pressure to be more. This may come as a HUGE shock to y’all, but I’m not perfect in all things health. I know; pick your jaws up off the floor.
If you’ve been reading a while, you know I started the blog back when I was a health coach. Clients would ask me what my day to day looked like with healthy living, so I decided to write about it.
As far as helping others make lifestyle changes to live a healthier life, yes, I’m pretty good at that, but it doesn’t mean I’m perfect in every aspect of health in my own life. I share with you my experiences and research that I’ve done and learn from you as much as you (hopefully) learn from me.
About that P word… I hope that I don’t seem to come across more “perfect” on the blog than I truly am. It’s true that I do eat a lot of healthy food. I love whole, unprocessed foods and feel best when I eat them, but I also enjoy margaritas, chips and salsa without guilt. I buy organic often, but not always. I enjoy being active, but struggle with staying interested in the gym. This sometimes leaves me wondering if I’m being honest or hypocritical.
Can I be an advocate for buying local when I buy some groceries at Target?
Can I stress the importance of exercise when 3 miles can feel like a marathon to me?
Can I praise moderation and balance when last Saturday I woke up with a killer headache from too much wine?
I hope so.
Being a healthy living blogger can be a slippery slope of comparison. It starts with wanting to add fancy toppings to your oatmeal and the next thing you know you’re mixing everything with protein powder (by the way, what is the obsession? Protein frosting? Really? WOOF).
Sometimes I just need to check myself and make sure I’m on track with my mission- to show that healthy living doesn’t have to be extreme. And my version of healthy living isn’t. It’s about balance (how sick are you of that statement?). There is always someone who will eat cleaner or exercise more than I do, and I’m OK with that.
It’s balance. It’s doing yoga and enjoying a glass of wine. It’s eating greens during the week and wings during the game. It’s progress, not perfection.
What does healthy mean to you?
Ever get caught up in the comparison game?