[re] Considering Health

A lot of people are following my blog because somehow I have come to be associated with health through my involvement in the fitness industry and my participation in sports such as bodybuilding, powerlifting, boxing, and running.  But fitness is only one aspect of health, and much of what we consider “fit” is far from healthy.  I learned that the hard way.  At this point in my life, I do not honestly think that the common approach to bodybuilding nutrition is healthy, though I do know several bodybuilders who have managed to find balance.  In fact, just about any bodybuilder can tell you that it is NOT, by nature, a healthy sport.  After a two year hiatus, I have finally decided to return to competition with a renewed outlook on nutrition.

I do not use the word “healthy” lightly.  Health cannot be measured by body mass or composition, strength, or endurance alone.  I am looking for a comprehensive kind of health that involves the mind, body, and soul.  Honestly, I am not sure what this will look like or how it could best be measured.  I will figure it out as I go, using moderation and nature as points of reference.

I do not want to follow a diet plan that invokes food guilt, fear, or deprivation.  I do not want to participate in a sport that limits my ability to run or move freely.  I want to run without caring about lost mass, hike without worrying about how it will affect recovery, and enjoy a lazy Sunday with my daughter.  I invite you to reconsider your relationship with food and your assumptions of what it means to have a healthy diet.

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