What is Healthy???
The word healthy can have a different meaning for different people, or should I say it can look different for a lot of people. The meaning is the same but how healthy fits into different lifestyles can vary in structure.
Let me give you an example: if I have a client who is very overweight, poor eating habits and doesn't exercise or move much at all, a few changes to their lifestyle can make a big difference. Another client may be feeling sluggish, and having a difficult time sleeping eat night, maybe wanting to knock off 5-10 pounds and has pretty good eating habits, the changes I made need to make to their lifestyle might have to be greater in order to make a difference. I could go on and on with different scenarios that will have different outcomes or lifestyle changes, all bringing me back to how healthy can look different.
I can search a recipe on Pinterest using healthy in the beginning and so many different versions of healthy will pop up!! Healthy in the south is different than healthy in the midwest, or healthy on the east coast can be different than health on the west coast. Now my education has taught me that the healthy I know can be pretty simple, but as I have mentioned in a previous post, a healthy diet can look different for many people, one size does not fit all. You also need to be careful, many recipes and processed foods can be labeled healthy but contain very little nutritional value. Using food substitutes, additives, or using a few healthy ingredients along with so many that aren't and labeling them as healthy. Read ingredients in recipes and packaged foods, be aware of hidden ingredients or missing ingredients! Don't allow the word healthy to be all you need in order to decide on whether or not something is good for you.
Spend time getting to know yourself and your body, get connected to what works for you and what your body needs to work optimally. Your owe it to yourself to find out what that looks like and build a healthy lifestyle conducive for you.
Tomato, Cucumber and Feta Salad
1 large cucumber
4 Roma tomatoes (or yours fresh from the garden;)
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (or omit if you are non dairy)
1 avocado cubed (this can also be optional or use to replace the feta)
1/2 red onion
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1-2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
To make it a little more mediterranean you can add olives and/or 2 tsp dried oregano
Dice the cucumber, tomato and avocado (if using), slice the onion and place all in a medium bowl.
In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice and dried oregano (if using). Pour this over the vegetables and stir to combine. Salt and pepper to taste. Add the feta and olives in last and gently mix in with the vegetables.
Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.