Too often we judge ourselves based on what we think we are or are not. We grind down our own self worth for the sake of comparing our present to the images we see of others. We’re not as thin as they are, our job isn’t as glamorous as theirs, our clothes aren’t as nice, our bodies aren’t as toned, our house isn’t as tidy, our hair isn’t as shiny or whatever else it might be! We are masters at comparing ourselves to others and finding every single insecurity or thing that we feel we lack. Comparison can easily turn into the thief of joy.
This especially becomes a problem when it comes to our health. We never feel like what we are doing is enough. Even worse, we unleash major guilt on ourselves if we happen to skip a workout, eat something that doesn’t fall between our strict guidelines of what is and isn’t healthy, or if our pants size isn’t the same as it was 5 years ago.
Truthfully, none of that has to do with our health, nor will it help us discover our happiest, healthiest self. Comparing yourself to what someone else is doing isn’t going to help make you healthier. Beating yourself up for your size, weight, or your habits isn’t going to make you healthy. Sitting on the couch lamenting about all the habits you should be, but aren’t doing isn’t going to help you get healthier either.
The only thing that those thoughts and actions are going to succeed in doing is making you feel bad about yourself.
Your health isn’t going to be found by comparing yourself to someone else, nor is it going to be found at the bottom of the ice cream bucket while you dig away your guilt because you didn’t make it to spin class again. Real health is going to be found in the little habits you complete every single day. Choosing to eat the salad at lunch, going for a walk on your break, bringing a water bottle along with you and refilling it throughout the day, smiling at a stranger, reading a book, taking a bath, doing some stretches, choosing to eat fruit as a snack instead of some peanut m&m’s, those are the things that will count. It’s the little things that make the biggest impact.
Your health does not have to look like anyone else’s. You get to decide what healthy means to you and you get to be the creator of your ideal lifestyle. Whether that means kale, sprouts, peanut butter cups and tacos or coffee, yoga, kombucha and brunch every Saturday.
Health doesn’t have to be all or nothing. It just has to feel amazingly good for you. Find what it is that makes you feel your best and then do that. Commit to it, love it and embrace the fact that your health is in your hands.
That is what I like to call ‘Finding Your Authentic Health’. It’s what is real and genuine and true for you. It doesn’t include comparison, judgment or fear of not being good enough. Instead it celebrates the fact that we are choosing to love our bodies, do what feels right for us and make the best choices that we can.
Create what works for you.
As long as your are embracing real nourishing food, drinking lots of water, finding movement that energizes you, and including lots of fun and love in your life, you’re on the right path.
It really is as simple as that.
Nadia Rybalka is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Culinary Nutritionist
and Health Coach. She loves working 1:1 with women to help them create
a life they love, eat without guilt and find the happiness in their health.
She has a passion for all things health and wellness and loves to cook
simple and nutritious foods.
Adventures at the Farmers Market are here favourite and things like kale and sweet potatoes make her happy... along with the occasional almond butter cup! Her ultimate goal is to help women feel confident in their bodies, ditch dieting and know that they are absolutely worthy of living an incredibly happy life.