What does be­ing healthy mean to you?

Healthy Woman - - NEWS - Di­rec­tor - Pub­lish­ing Amar­jeet Ra­dia

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 team@healthy­woman.co.ke Happy Read­ing!

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