I recently changed my Instagram name to @hannahharvestinghealth because I wanted to share with you guys on Instagram and on this blog how I harvest not only my physical health of eating healthy and exercising, but also my mental health and spiritual health. I was really interested in seeing how others harvest their health in various ways, so below I am sharing just that! I have absolutely LOVED reading through everyones responses, as it has showed me new ways that I can harvest my own health. I really think that throughout this Instagram community we need to share more of this on a regular basis, because seeing others’ views can be so inspiring!
Here are ways these girls harvest their health:
Elyse from @milestomedals said…
“Harvest of the mind, soul, & body. The start of a new season means so much for a person who dedicates their wellbeing to being healthy and active. I have experienced season after season of setting new goals for myself, and what I’ve found works best is if you do things little by little, don’t rush the process, and never forget to love yourself for the present mode you are currently in. Whether it be setting season goals of something fitness related, calling your parents more, making sure you eats more veggies and less sugar, or starting to read more books — nothing is too small or less irrelevant. Just be sure to do something you are able to be passionate about. I personally have made it a point to journal as much as I can, even though it is run related (for my current marathon training,) and always put my health first before anything else. Your body will speak to you and let you know when enough is enough, it’s tired, or if something is hurt — listen to it! While fall is over halfway through the year…it’s a chance for everyone to get settled into something new or work on something you are already in progress of…go after what your heart desires or what you had said you would do at the beginning of the year!”
Morgan Ann from @healthy_fit_surrendered said…
“Living a healthy lifestyle is so important to me and my personal goals. I’ve realized how vital it is to strive for healthiness in all aspects of life, so I not only care about the food I eat, but also my mental and spiritual state as well. Each day I make it a priority to spend time with the Lord to set my day up for the most successful. Without first having a healthy spiritual life, I’ll never achieve the rest of my aspirations to the best of my ability. I also fight negative thoughts that tear myself and others down. In order to see the world and my own body in a healthy way, I want to focus on truth and positive things. In addition to these two things is diet and exercise. I absolutely love learning about different foods and how they make my body act and how I feel when I eat them. I love the feeling I get after completing a long run or strenuous workout. Food and excessive exercise is something I’ve struggled with in the past. I can easily become obsessive and put them above my mental and spiritual so I constantly strive to keep these parts of my life in the proper order. I push myself to eat healthy and exercise because I enjoy it and it makes me feel more energetic and alive instead of viewing it as a diet and punishment to my body. It’s true that living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just stop at what you eat and how many calories you burn, but it goes much deeper!”
Rosie from @kaleintheclouds said…
“I harvest my health by listening to my body. My health journey started very suddenly with strict meal preps (legit only chicken, sweet potatoes, and greens – no salt) and intense HIIT cardio. After a year or so I realized my body wasn’t meant to work so hard every single day. I stated listening to my body and started incorporating different workouts like yoga and I also signed up for my first ever half marathon and switched up my workouts to train for that. I let myself eat carbs again. Now what works for me is reminding myself everything in moderation. Balance is key!”
Allie from @allieseats_ said…
“I harvest my health by listening to my body and tuning into what I want/need. What does that mean? For me, it means exercising when I want to, but resting if I feel tired. Being intuitive with my movement – not just doing certain workouts because I feel like I should, but because it makes my body feel good. It means fueling my body with wholesome, REAL foods almost all of the time, but indulging when I want to. It means prioritizing my sleep and my happiness as well, because health goes far beyond food and exercise. It means saying NO instead of forcing myself to do things that I don’t really want to do. It means going out for drinks with my friends every once in a while, and staying up until 2 am if that’s what is going to make me happy! I used to view my health as such an “all or nothing” thing – I had to eat “clean” 24/7 and workout every day. There was no room for staying up late with friends, or indulging in some ice cream. But now I’m realizing how to actually keep my body, AND my mind healthy and happy. I make sure that my health is my number one priority, and I feel my happiest doing so!”
Lauren from @balancewithlo said…
“I harvest my health by taking care of both my mental and physical health. I nourish my body with foods that will fuel me, mostly whole and unprocessed foods including vegetables, poultry, seafood/fish, nuts, whole grains and greek yogurt. I also think it’s important to eat ‘soul’ food as well. For me that includes chocolate, ice cream, and pizza. I harvest my health through this balance of including both more ‘functional foods’ (i.e. foods that will provides me with all those lovely micronutrients) along with ‘treat foods’ (i.e. foods that I just eat because I enjoy them). I also harvest my health through exercise and being in tune with my body. For me this means respecting if I want to cancel a scheduled workout in place of a gentle yoga class or just a day off. On the other hand this also means challenging my body and my mind to test my limits. I harvest my health through being in sync with my body’s signals so that I know how to nourish and move my body in order to nourish my mind.”
Natalie from @blondegoneclean said…
“I harvest health in my life in so many diverse ways. When I think of health the first thing that pops into my head is exercise and eating healthfully, but health is so much deeper than that. I also harvest health in ways that help my mental health and keep me feeling positive, full of joy and centered. Starting with my physical health though, I harvest health in my day-to-day life by being active. I’m currently training for my first marathon so most days I’m up and running by 6am. Running clears my head and makes me feel so alive first thing in the morning. I also lift weights after I run which helps me feel strong and empowered. I also see everything I put into my body as a way to harvest health. Because I have Crohn’s Disease I eat a particular diet to help my gut health, and although it takes time and dedication to stick with it, it makes me feel my best. I love being creative in the kitchen and nourishing my body with my creations. I try to eat as many whole, real foods as I can every day, as well as organic and locally as well. I think focusing on those last two things are especially important for me personally because I know they’re also helping harvest health in our environment. Lastly, I harvest mental health just as often as physical health. I give myself quiet time alone whenever I feel it’s necessary, I read books about positivity and resilience, I count my blessings every morning and write in a gratitude journal and I set aside time to do the things I love like bake and draw. I also harvest mental health by respecting my body, loving my body and being confident in myself and my abilities!”
Mollie from @mollie.mason said…
“I harvest my health by nourishing it. Nourishing it with fuel for my body and food for my soul. By choosing healing and choosing balance. And ultimately, by realizing that my health is more than just a chance to feel good but to bring glory to the One who made it beautiful!”
Anaiah from @_feelgoodfuel_ said…
“I would say that I harvest my health by taking time every day to prep healthy food, sleep enough, and plan my schedule so that I have enough time to complete all my school work and ice dance training without stressing about time. Also, having just 20 minutes of quiet time in the morning to sit with my coffee and breakfast makes a big difference in reducing stress.”
Brittney from @bries.fitness said…
“I actually just started being a fitness coach, I’ve always tried to be on the healthier side, but recently I decided I need to step up and live a cleaner life. I do daily workouts and try to eat as clean as possible. Meaning, I cook for myself and don’t eat out as much. I use to eat fast food a lot because it was quick and easy. Now, I prep food if I know I’m going to be out for the day. Pinterest has been amazing for finding quick healthy recipes! Through out it all I try to stay as positive as possible! Some days can be hard, but everyone has their off days. I remember I’m doing this for me! I want to be the best version of myself I can possibly be! And that can be the best motivation.”
Jenn from @balancedbyjenn said…
“I’d say the #1 way I invest in my health is sleep. Getting enough sleep every night is SO important and overlooked. Another way is walking, long walks are key. Perfect for relaxing, while getting some exercise and good conversation.”
Katy from @savoringtheflavoring said…
“1. Obviously, eating well is definitely a huge priority for me. To me, this means eating as many veggies as possible, lots of healthy fats, quality proteins and minimal sugar. I believe in knowing where my food comes from, how it was raised, grown, harvested, fed, etc. What you’re eating affects every single thing in your body, from your physical health to your mental health, so it’s extremely important to me that I’m not only nourishing my body to the best of my ability, but that I’m setting a good example for my sons and giving them a good foundation on which to base their own diets and health goals and philosophies as they become young men.
2. Moving is big for me too. I may not necessarily do a full-on, hardcore workout every single day (even though I feel fantastic after a workout), but I’m always making movement a priority – whether that’s 10 minutes of yoga flow or a morning walk while listening to podcasts or running up and down the stairs a few times or running to the bus stop to meet my kids as they get home from school. I go through phases – just as many people do – where I’m super consistent with workouts, as well as phases where I’m doing more walking and gentle things like yoga. To me, it’s just good to get moving, whatever that entails.
3. De-stressing is big for me. I never realized how big a toll stress can take on your life – not only mentally, but physically as well. So I make sure I do little things every single day to de-stress, whether that’s a bath or meditation or lying on my acupressure mat or bribing my kids to play with my hair, haha! Sometimes just reciting the serenity prayer is all I have time for, but it helps enormously.
4. Gratitude is huuuuuuuuuuuuge. It’s honestly the difference sometimes between a crappy day and a joyful day. It’s miraculous to me how much just pausing to recognize the good things that are already happening in your life, can really shift your entire perspective. It’s powerful.
5. Laughing is a non-negotiable for me. The number one thing I’ve always looked for in a partner is a sense of humor (Annnnnd I definitely hit the jackpot with my husband!!). To me, there is no medicine like laughter. Sharing a good laugh with someone creates such a bond – it’s universal. I don’t ever take much too seriously, and I try to always find the laughs in everything. Sometimes it takes a while in certain situations, but it’s such a great way to cope with things, in my opinion.
6. Travel is a big one. It’s so awesome for my mental health to not only have a trip to look forward to, but to go to places I’ve never been and try new foods and meet new people and explore other cultures.
7. Getting outside is awesome for me. Breathing in the fresh air, seeing all the colors, the landscapes. We love hiking as a family. :)”
Bethany from the_avocadogirl said…
“On the days where I feel my absolute best and happiest are days when I am putting my health first and not being too hard on myself if things don’t go as planned. Apart from eating healthy and exercising, there are SO many different aspects of life that contribute to my overall health.
I categorized my top life priorities into 5 groups: career, family, travel/adventure, spirituality, and wellness. (I even created Pinterest boards with these topics and saved pictures that encapsulate my goals, dreams, and visions). When these 5 things are being nurtured and are in balance, I feel like I could conquer the world. Setting goals and intentions are so important for manifesting and creating the life I ultimately desire, which in turn makes me the healthiest (and happiest) version of myself.
Focusing on the “wellness” aspect, the number one thing that helps me stay on track is sticking to my routine, or “semi-routine”. I don’t do the exact same things everyday, but I try to eat and exercise at the same time each day, as well as go to sleep at the same time and get enough of rest. Things I do absolutely everyday to keep my physical and mental bodies in balance are:
Facial massage and foam rolling
Journaling / stream of consciousness writing
Eating real, clean foods (think smoothies and vegetables)
Indulging when necessary (I love sweets!)
There is no “right” answer here! Everyone is different and my advice to someone wanting to step up their health game is to try EVERYTHING! Try it all! And keep repeating the things that make you feel your best.”