What Is Health? Part One

Below you’ll find a few quotes discussing four individual thoughts about health and the ways we can achieve healthfulness:

“Health is a relationship between you and your body”  -Terri Guillemets

“If you’re concerned about your health, you should probably avoid products that make health claims. Why? Because a health claim on a food product is a strong indication it’s not really food, and food is what you want to eat” –Michael Pollan

“Health is not simply the absence of sickness.”  -Hannah Green

“Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.”  -Josh Billings

Which of these quotes most resonates with you?  How do you define the word “health” in your own life?  What do you do to achieve health?  Next week, I’ll try to answer some of these questions with my own opinions about health, but first, I want to hear from you!

Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,

Katie 🙂

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10 thoughts on “What Is Health? Part One

  1. Erin

    I identify most with Terri Guillemets’s quote “Health is a relationship between you and your body.” For me, food, fitness and adequate rest are the main components of good health. Making wise decisions both nutritionally and physically has proven to be a life long battle and struggle. It takes a strong mind to continually make healthy choices about what to eat and how much to exercise, or even what time to get off to bed. Someone one pointed out to me that without health we have nothing. Even if one has the best job, infinite amounts of money, and loving and supportive family and friends, without good health we can’t enjoy those other wonderful things.

  2. Kevin Zajas

    What is health? WOW-big question. Some random thoughts…

    1) Health is trying to achieve your “best self”. Through being careful with your diet and exercising physically AND mentally you will achieve more. You will expand your capacity to do….well…..almost anything!

    2) Health is about feeling good, walking tall, being proud of yourself so that you will be at your best when you talk to everyone else in your life.

    3) Health is a deep relationship with yourself. Like so many other things in life, it can snowball in either a positive or negative direction. But you can ALWAYS stop the snowball when it’s going the wrong way.

    4) Health is about minimizing your risk for all kinds of ailments. You can never take away all of the risk, but you owe it to yourself and especially to your loved ones to take care of yourself so that your quality of life will be the best it can be. You want to enjoy life, and your loved ones want to enjoy you.

    As always, just some thoughts. Blog on, Katie. 🙂

    Mr. Z.

  3. Rachel

    I really like Josh Billings’ quote. I think that nutrition is something that many people(myself included) push to the side because it doesn’t seem extremely important right now. Although, as we age, we feel the ravaging effects of poor nutrition. This is why what you’re doing, Katie, is so important. You’re being proactive and pushing people to eat better now, and reap the benefits that not only help us in the present, but also make a huge difference in the future. All your ideas have definitely made it easier for me to start eating healthier, and you’re positivity motivates me to continue! So, once again, thanks Katie!

  4. El

    Hi Katie,
    I can never get enough of your positive info. All the quotes resonate with me,especially the one about health is like money. It’s so true we never appreciate the gifts in every day, until we lose them. Thanks Katie awesome as always.

  5. Marianne

    I did not see this article last week, but would really like to reply now. The quote that resonates with me is “health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it”. I have learned first hand how this is such a true statement! I have also learned that healthy eating is key to maintaining many chronic conditions.

    I love reading your posts about this subject. Thank you and keep up the fabulous work!

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