Does being slim mean you’re healthy?
This is a concept that has interested me for a while. If one is slim, does that mean your are healthy? I think generally people assume that being overweight means you are not healthy, but I have some different thoughts on the matter. It is an important topic to discuss. If you are slim and under the assumption that you are enjoying optimum health, then consider reading the rest of this post.
In my opinion, there are two types of health. Functional health and optimum health. I reckon there are very few people who are enjoying the latter at the moment. Why? Because it takes effort, discipline and a very clear set of priorities to achieve. People say to me, “But I feel fine”. My reply, “That is great, but wouldn’t it be so much better if you felt FABULOUS?” We have become so accustomed to living life at “half mast”. The thing is, if you climb to the top of the flag pole, you will be amazed at the view! You will literally feel on top of the world.
- Do you look your age or older?
- Do you struggle to fall asleep and wake often throughout the night?
- Do you suffer from skin rashes, chicken skin, pimples or acne?
- Do you experience headaches, migraines, sinus, allergies or bloating?
- Are you taking any medication for blood pressure, blood sugar, thyroid, depression or anxiety?
- Do you suffer from low energy and afternoon slumps?
- Do you wake up feeling tired, even after 8 hours of sleep.
- Are your moods frequently low or erratic?
- Are you constipated or perhaps regularly experience diarrhoea?
- Are your joints stiff and painful?
- Do you suffer from colds or infections on a regular basis?
- Do you struggle to remember things and concentrate?
- Are your blood test results for glucose, insulin, triglycerides, HDL and HBA1c all well within the normal range?
- Do you battle to maintain your weight the older you get?
- Do you often crave sweet and starchy food?
- Do you carry weight around your middle?
If you suffer from any of these things, then perhaps there is room for improvement in your health. I used to suffer from at least 3/4’s of the ailments listed above. I don’t anymore. My health has been transformed through clean, healthy eating. I am not slim, but I can bet that I experience better health than many other women who can fit into a size 30 pair of skinny jeans.
Action steps towards FABULOUS health:
- Go and have blood tests done and get a copy of the results from your doctor. The tests I listed earlier in this post are the important ones to determine if you are metabolically healthy.
- Start eating the way our bodies have been designed to eat. See here for more info about what foods to include and avoid.
- Don’t give up too easily if you don’t get results quick enough. Very often your body needs time to heal from years of poor nutrition. Expect to feel worse before you feel better.
- Don’t tell yourself you can’t do it. Negative talk has a funny way of becoming a reality.
- Once you feel FABULOUS, tell others and share what you have learned.