“Being a healthy woman is not about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline. We need to start focusing on what matters – on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves.”
As we are celebrating women’s health this week, we couldn’t agree more with Michelle Obama on this topic. Women play many roles in their life starting from being a daughter to a grandmother in their personal life and many other roles professionally and socially too. In each of these roles, we deliver our best because that’s how we are.
Being a woman is not easy, as we constantly put ourselves through so much of pressure to fulfil our roles successfully because of which we often neglect to take care of ourselves. Now, even if we take the time to maintain our physical health for the sake of at least staying in shape, we tend to look only into the physical fitness aspects of being healthy and mostly forget the fact that our body is always in sync with our mind.
Health is a collective work of physical, mental and social state of our being and not merely the absence of disease or having a fit body. We often overlook the term ‘health’ and give more importance to the number on the scale, the size of our jeans, the packs on our abs, a body free of disease or something like that. It’s true that a physically active body has a sound and refreshed mind when compared to the one that is not, but being happy and what we feed our minds is also equally important to call ourself healthy.
We tend to criticize and judge ourselves for not fitting into that ideal size we believe to be healthy and forget the most important factor… what does it feel like to be healthy for each one of us? This thought got us into asking our lady chefs at ICCA Dubai, what it feels/means to be healthy for them. We were pleasantly surprised to find out how different and insightful their thoughts are on the same topic.
After listening to what our chefs had to say, we realized that everyone has a different take on being healthy, but it all boils down to one thing – taking care of yourself holistically. We know that obesity, eating junk or lazing around are all unhealthy and the same goes with high stress which leads to physical, mental and emotional demise. Then, why do we still consider only our weighing scale or waistlines to represent our health?
Whether it’s your physical fitness, mental calmness or social happiness they all should be given equal importance to work towards being the healthiest you. So, if you haven’t looked at being well this way yet, then remember that weeks or days like these are gentle reminders to put your health before anything else.