What does being healthy mean to you?
By definition, health means different things to different people. And while most of us can agree that health can be separated into two broad elements; physical and mental, when most people are tasked with defining it, they automatically think in terms of physical health. In our encounters with readers and stakeholders, we have seen this as a universal assumption: healthy means lean, thin, six-pack abs and muscles for days.
We are here to squash that narrow-minded fallacy! To begin with, thin doesn’t equate healthy. Other contributors to physical wellbeing include proper nutrition, abstinence from drugs, avoidance or management of alcohol intake, responsible sexual behaviour, personal hygiene, mental and emotional balance and of course getting the right amount of sleep.
The definition by the WHO perfectly sums it up by stating, "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." No wonder this statement remains unchanged since 1948 when it was coined.
Wahu Kagwi, who is no stranger to the limelight talks to us about her version of wellness. We were excited to hear about her decision to take her health seriously as a lifestyle choice, not a seasonal fad. Maybe this lovely, down to earth mother of two can encourage you to do the same. We can’t wait for you to meet another mum who dropped our jaws with her well-defined abs. Read about Joanne Wanjala and how she enlisted the help of a trainer to get her body and health back on track.
We’re going vegan with Artcaffe, hot on the heels of their brand new menu in launched in May. I’m not going to spoil it for you. Join our writer on the recipe pages and write in to us after giving it a try.
And are you struggling with your meals? We have a simple meal-plan guide you can use for ideas. Heather is going nuts about coconuts in this issue’s expert scoop. Plus, we give you food options that keep you full while remaining light on your digestive system.
There’s a fun-filled read in store for you. Remember we are all about that balance on the path to wellness. Just don’t forget how much we love hearing from you via firstname.lastname@example.org Happy Reading!