Updated: Sep 7, 2021
When it comes to ‘healthy living’, it’s often all too easy to get caught up in the RDA numbers game, and the numeric benchmarks for fruit-eating, water-drinking (and everything in between)that tend to define the 'success' of the day-to-day.
💧 Eight glasses of water
🍏Five pieces of fruit
🏊🏻♂️20 minutes of exercise
🛌 Seven hours sleep
As a framework for doing the right thing, all these measures do of course have their benefits and uses.
In the bigger picture of wellness, though, a pinch of salt is often what’s required – sometimes quite ironically – to counterbalance the often counterintuitive habit of counting, with the virtues of variety.
With numeric health ambitions having a tendency to override those perhaps less nourishing - but nonetheless enriching - opportunities in life, they're a testament to how doing the ‘right’ thing on paper, doesn’t necessarily always pay dividends for health, and especially when it comes from a place of pressure, guilt and restriction.
Using these measures as a guide, as opposed to a go-to, represents a positive nod to a more sustainable, holistic approach to living well...AND living happy, which some would say amounts to the same thing.