The REAL Definition of “Eating Healthy”

By SRK Editor

| Last updated May 1, 2019

A healthy SRK meal
The term “eating healthy” has become a very generalized term, making it more important than ever to underscore that its meaning changes from person to person.

“I ate healthy today!” or “I plan to eat healthy this week!” are just two examples of statements we often hear, especially as we get older and “eating healthy” becomes more and more associated with the idea of “living well and responsible as an adult.”

But what does “healthy” even mean in this context?

Merriam-Webster defines healthy as:

• Free from disease or pain: enjoying health and vigor of body, mind, or spirit (like healthy children or tips for staying healthy)
• Showing physical, mental, or emotional well-being: evincing health (like a healthy complexion or a healthy appetite)
• Beneficial to one’s physical, mental, or emotional state: conducive to health (healthy foods or a healthy lifestyle)

1. prosperous, flourishing (like a healthy economy)
2. not small or feeble: considerable (a healthy sum of money)

While the definition sounds good at first glance, who is to say that a food is healthy because it promotes absence of disease or pain? Ultimately, if we look at the definition of “healthy” from that angle, different foods can be healthy for one person and extremely unhealthy for another.

Bodies Respond Differently to Different Foods

While we can agree that specific foods have health-enhancing properties, we can also be sure that some of these specific foods may cause serious health complications for some people.

Salt is a perfect example. We were told that salt isn’t really good for us, yet medicine has since discovered that too high or too low salt content can be dangerous, and that it all depends on the body of the individual that is consuming it.

And how about gluten, one of today’s buzzwords? If you have celiac disease, you will be seeking to eliminate gluten from your diet to benefit your health. Avoiding it just to lose a few pounds or “be healthy” will however not really produce any results because ultimately, unless you have celiac disease there is no medical reason to avoid gluten. Factually, a slice of whole wheat or spouted whole grain bread will likely contain more fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals than a slice of gluten-free bread!

Then there’s the obvious example: allergies. Walnuts and peanuts can be good for the body, when consumed within moderation, and are often part of a well-balanced diet depending on one’s dietary goals. They’re an excellent source of anti-inflammatory Omega-3 essential fatty acids as well as a ton of antioxidants, but while that may seem healthy to some if you’re allergic to then you must steer as clear as you possibly can or risk death!

Think About Your Mind: There is More to Health Than Physical Health

Sure, we often associate “healthy eating” with our body, but let’s not forget about the importance of mental health.

We are taught to always choose a plate of vegetables or fruit instead of ice cream. But does that always have to be the case? Sometimes it is entirely healthy to allow yourself to have that bowl of ice cream, and to enjoy it to the fullest without regrets.

The key here, as with most things in life, is balance!

Any unnecessary guilt or other negative associations with food can lead to unnecessary stress that can be linked to long-term health issues down the road.

It fuels you to live your best life physically, mentally, and emotionally!

Next time you think about healthy food, try to think about it more broadly than you have before. Your health is individualized to you and your needs, and should always be that way.

Sometimes even food you don’t typically associate with healthy eating can be healthy for you, while foods most people associate with healthy eating can be very unhealthy for you.

A balanced and healthy diet should be looked at like an individual one-of-a-kind puzzle piece. Each piece fits YOUR physical and mental needs. It’s important to mindfully listen to your body and mind, without feelings of extreme deprivation.

SRK ordering system with dietary restriction

At Square Roots Kitchen we understand the importance of a balanced and healthy diet, and we are cognizant that each individual’s dietary needs is different. Our ordering system gives you full control of each meal, allowing you to pick and choose each ingredient of your salad, bowl and wrap, and to keep an eye on the nutritional values of your meal as you do so.

Our ordering system, available online as well as via our iOS and Android app, gives you the freedom to input specific dietary restrictions and specifications, all of which are then taken into account by the system in suggesting you which ingredients you should and should not pick when building your meal.

Square Roots Kitchen goes beyond your next meal on-the-go. You can order delivery to your office or home, or order healthy catering for larger groups directly from our catering site.