Diet Culture bombards us with complex and challenging ways to “be healthy.” What does it actually take to achieve “health”?

While a conversation with your medical practitioner* (ideally one who adheres to the Health At Every Size principles) is a great first step, the next time you think about your health, take a look at this mnemonic device, “H-E-A-L-T-H”, I use to dismantle diet culture and keep it simple!

Hydrate – Our bodies need – NEED – water to thrive and chances are adding a glass of water to your daily routine will serve you well. 

Eat – Food is fuel, not your enemy. Step away from weights & measures, release the worry about proteins & carbs, and get back to basics. When you’re hungry, EAT, and give your body what it needs.

Activate – Get up and move, breaking a sweat, for a few minutes every day. This will serve your heart, boost your endorphins, and can generally make you feel better in your body.

Listen – Your body knows what it needs to be healthy and can give you loads of information…if you listen to it! Eat when you’re hungry, drink when you’re thirsty, rest when you’re weary – you get the idea.

Talk – Health isn’t just physical! Meet your emotional and psychological health needs by connecting with friends, family, and mental health professionals to enhance your health & wellness.

Hydrate – Yes, again! Your skin needs water, as do your muscles and other organs, so take another drink of water!

HEALTH is an achievable goal! 

*I am NOT a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. This article is not intended as medical advice! I AM passionate about dismantling diet culture and work towards that end through the Tapas Movement online community.

Content provided by Women Belong member Malik Turley