Holistic healer Cyndi Dale continues this post with her expertise on health.

There’s a lot of judgment ascribed the health ego-RHYTHM™, primarily because people assume that all “health nuts” are as follows (a short-list of the many assumptions I’d like to clear up):

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    Perfect eaters. In my health system, there are six rather than four food groups. To the norm, I add chocolate and comfort foods. Cocoa enhances intuitive vision and blood flow. (I’m still working on the case for the sugar part of chocolate.) And who can do “love” without the soothing effects of ice cream for anxiety (as in, “am I going to get a call?”), popcorn for anger (as in, “I got a call and don’t like the outcome”), or chocolate (notice the theme) for the “I’m in love” or “I’m not in love” pangs?
  • The ideal weight: See above.
  • Always exercising: There are days when my dogs don’t get walked, the tennis shoes are left lonely, and the only hand-eye coordination accomplished is to flip a bonbon or the movie channel. After all, I live in Minnesota — land of the huge snow banks. See how motivated you might be after an ice storm.
  • Constantly annoyingly happy: Ask my children; they’ll tell you. What goes up must come down.
  • Pill-less: Have cramps. Hmm. Take a Midol or not? Have appendicitis. Who would really pass up anesthesia when it’s scalpel time?

The other major mistake ascribed the health ego-RHYTHM™ aficionado is that health is only about physicality.

It’s not.

We are lovely beings, composed of an incredible swirl of visible and invisible energies. We are physical, yes, but also emotional, mental, and spiritual — if not also divine. Being “healthy” or whole is not about being in faultless physical shape or living disease-free. A healthy person might experience emotional ups and downs, maybe mental challenges or negative relationship patterns. The health ego-RHYTHM™ insists that we are all whole no matter what, whether missing a limb, a front tooth, money, education, or even another day to live.

Do you have a set image of someone who’s healthy (and is it you)? Tell us what your preconceptions about a healthy lifestyle are. We’d love to hear them. In our next post, we’ll wrap up this health ego-RHYTHM™ with a look at staying healthy. Thanks for sharing!

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