Being Skinny Doesn’t Mean Being Healthy

There has been a misconception for a long time that being skinny means being healthy. It seems like such a long time ago when we (especially women) were curvy and vivacious. Women were considered beautiful being full-figured. Today, there are so many terms, diets, and food restrictions for being skinny. Vegans, Vegetarians, Lacto-Ovo vegetarians, Gluten-free diets, the list is endless.

Almost all fad diets never work because you’re depriving your body of the things it needs and wants, setting yourself up for immediate failure. What we all need to discover is that we are all built differently, each of our body’s need different things, and what works for me is not going to necessarily work for you. All the food trends these days are leaving us in a whirlwind of confusion. One day eggs are good for you and then the next they’ll put you in an early grave. Then it’s caffeine, meat, carbs, fat, gluten, wheat, soon we’re left with just eating the cardboard surrounding the food our bodies are screaming for.

We all need to realize that skinny doesn’t always mean healthy. We can all say we’ve stared at the waify models trudging down the runway, and at least once in our lives say I wish that was me. But who wants to be bone thin and looking like you’re on the brink of death? Food is supposed to be nurturing to the body and soul, it’s supposed to bring family and friends together, and be enjoyable to prepare, cook, and eat. Food is the center of most cultures, but in the United States it’s become everyone’s nemesis.

So we all need to dig down and stop trying to look like the high-fashion model or mega-red carpet actress that is gorging herself at the nearest doughnut shop. Quit the fad diets, and listen to your body. Give up the added sugars and processed foods, eat more fruits and vegetables, focus on “whole” foods. That’s the only “diet” you will need. Pounds will shed, energy will sky-rocket, sleep will improve, and then you’re ready to take on the world.

Need a little more push? Find someone who you can look up to that has the same body type, illness, or have overcome the same obstacles you have. Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé, Jennifer Anniston, David Beckham, Michael Phelps, and Natalie Portman are just a few that know what works best for their body type. Each one of them live different lifestyles, have different eating and workout habits, and range in body structure. Do some research and find out what worked best for them and try those methods, not to lose massive amounts of weight but to be healthy for yourself. The saying if you don’t have your health then you have nothing is completely true. Take control of yours and remember being skinny doesn’t always mean healthy. You have to find out what healthy means to you, your needs, and your body first!

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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

9 thoughts on “Being Skinny Doesn’t Mean Being Healthy

  1. Reblogged this on behealthybehappybelocal and commented:
    I just love this post so much I had to share! You can be healthy and feel great about your body without being “skinny.” Every person’s body is different – we have to learn to love our bodies and treat our bodies with respect – no matter how skinny we are! Kelly is a fellow IIN student and I can’t say enough great things about her blog. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

  2. Really good advice. I had an eating disorder in my teenage years…a long time ago now, but it was certainly my attempt at staying skinny! Such a shame! I’m committed to good health and eating from a wide variety of foods, but even at 60 years old, there are times that little voice in my head still talks to me. Fortunately, I don’t have to answer! 🙂 Such a good post! Debra

    • Thanks Lovey! I always hear everyone wants to be skinny. But we all weren’t meant to be skinny. I was trying to just say you can be a healthy weight and take care of yourself without being super skinny. Curvy women are beautiful! Food can be such an incredible thing but I know it can also cause a lot of pain to people too. So happy you’re committed to your health and enjoying food. Society makes it hard on us women especially! xox

  3. Please realize that skinny doesn’t always mean unhealthy, either. Not all women are curvy, there are those of us who will never have Marilyn Monroe curves. There’s nothing wrong with curves, of course. But there is nothing wrong with a woman who has a natural slender frame and a small bust. We come in all shapes and sizes. Thinking that all women should be voluptuous is just as bad as thinking all women should be thin. People should be what is healthy for THEM. Besides, before the curvy pin-up girls of the 40s and 50s, there were the thin and small-busted flappers of the 20s and 30s. What is considered fashionable for body types cycles around. It has been for hundreds of years.

    • Hi! Thanks for stopping by! You are completely correct and every thing you say is true. Skinny doesn’t mean unhealthy either. I’m a holistic health coach and Pilates instructor and my clients tell me they “just want to be skinny” not matter how they have to get there sometimes. The post was to explain that we all have different body types, health restrictions, and needs that are different from everyone else and that you don’t have to be super skinny to be a healthy weight for your body. I do understand your point. I’m a very healthy person as well, weigh 135 pounds, 5’11, and small bust too. So skinny doesn’t mean unhealthy as you stated, I just wanted to point out you can be healthy not being a size 4. But thank you for your comment and also showing the other side. I really appreicate your feedback!

    • It says in the post “there’s a misconception that being Vegan or Vegetarian makes you skinny” People are jumping on the
      “fad diets” to make them skinny. It was a post about how to be healthy for each individual and that skinny isn’t always healthy. That we all have different body types,
      cultures, and food needs and desires. And that we all need to start taking care of our personal needs and look to the healthy people for inspiration instead of the “skinny” culture as a way of health.

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