What Does “Healthy” Really Mean?

Dear Leah Renee, 

I feel like I’m constantly chasing “healthy” but I don’t even know what that is anymore.  I feel like there’s always room for improvement, something healthier I can be eating, working out more, weighing less.  It’s getting a little exhausting and I’m confused.  Maybe you can shed some light on this topic!  Thanks!  ~Annabelle, MA

Healthy is the really the umbrella term for feeling your best.  How you go about achieving that is going to be different than those around you.  We all have our own story of how we got to right here, right now. which creates our own unique perception and on what healthy looks and feels like.

It’s like getting an ‘A’ on your paper; everyone wrote a different narrative, had different perspectives, contrasting angles, but getting that ‘A’ meant it was well written and expressed, and the best it could be for what it was.  Your friend may have been awarded the same grade, but it was based on a completely different story.  Being healthy is doing the best you can do for you.  Staying on your ‘A’ game means learning to recognize and listening to your body’s signals which are different than the next persons.

Healthy is not necessarily:

  • a number on the scale
  • what pant size you are
  • comparing yourself to others
  • going on frequent detoxes
  • being consumed with ‘trying to be healthy all the time’
  • being the fastest
  • judgement
  • obsessively counting calories
  • criticism

Healthy should be about:

  • creating balance
  • feeling good in your skin
  • an open mind
  • love (self, and others)
  • having a little variety (foods, environments, workouts)
  • lightness in your thoughts and outlook
  • knowing how you feel your best and following that
  • feeling supported and encouraged by those you’re close to
  • setting goals that are achievable and attainable

There isn’t any amount of antioxidants that will make you healthy if you have a negative outlook.  A loving relationship won’t make you healthy if you’re both eating fast food every night.  There isn’t one key ingredient.  The secret, and I wish there was another word because it’s used so often, is…balance.  It’s combinations (maybe that’s a good replacement?!) of various qualities that make up our lives.  It’s ultimately staying true to yourself, because only you know the feeling you have after a particular event, hanging around certain people, doing a certain workout, or eating a particular meal.

The best news of all is we can all achieve it.  I love providing recipes, so maybe a quick one that works for me is:

  • 1 dash of sunlight (let it soak for about 10-15 minutes until warm)
  • 5 good laughs (spread out throughout the day)
  • 3 meals that make me feel energetic, not weighed down
  • 3 hugs (dogs, cats, husband, wife, kids, fish all will do)
  • 1 compliment (you can do that in the mirror or to someone else, no judgement)
  • busting out a dance move

I’d love to know what makes YOU feel healthy too!  Feel free to comment below 🙂

Product Review: Ancient Wisdom by Imperial Tonics

There is a new product on the market!  Ancient Wisdom Tonic Superfood by Imperial contains a blend of extracts of the royal family of Chinese herbs.  Its ingredients set it apart from its predecessors on the market.  I am excited I have been asked to review this amazing formula.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around for 5,000 of years. There are three treasures associated with TCM: Jing, Qi, and Shen.  It is said disease arise when one or more of the three treasures are out of balance. Help balance your treasures by incorporating this tonic into a beverage or meal.  Find out at the end how I made one yummy smoothie out of it!


Here is what’s in Ancient Wisdom Tonic Superfood and why it’s so good for you:

Astralagus IV Extract

  • An excellent immune booster, thought to slow down the aging process, could play an important role in treating cancer, and normalize disturbances in the body.

Duanwood Reishi Spores

  • Improves how we handle stress, promotes balance, supports digestion which therefore stimulates our immune system and boosts energy levels. Duanwood Reishi is more potent and beneficial to conventional Reishi mushrooms.

Schizandra Extract

  • Decreases fatigue, enhances physical performance and reduces stress levels.  Helps with concentration and even offers liver and kidney protecting benefits.

Goji Berry Extract

  • Strengthens the immune system, increases vitality, reduces irritability.  It’s a nutritional powerhouse and super antioxidant loaded with vitamin C, minerals such as calcium, zinc, and selenium, and iron.

He Shou Wu Extract

  • An effective blood tonic to support healthy aging, healthy muscles, tendons and bones.

I love incorporating this tonic superfood into my diet and here’s how I did it this morning:

Matcha Mint Choc Chip (serves 1 – 2)

ingriends for ancient wisdom smoothie

  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 1 tsp Ancient Wisdom
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 TB unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 dates
  • 1 drop pure peppermint essential oil (culinary grade)
  • ¾ cup fresh or frozen spinach
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 1 tsp as garnish with pure cacao nibs
  • Sweeten with stevia or raw honey to taste (if you wish)

Blend all ingredients together!

ancient wisdom smoothie

This can also simply be added to your coffee in the morning (I tried that too, yum!), tea, or anything else you like!  I love finding products that have such extraordinary health benefits in addition to a healthy eating routine.  Cheers to an extra boost!