Through a Sista's Eyes

But are you HEALTHY?

What is considered “healthy” today? Is it a fit body? Is it eating healthier? I think there’s more to it than just your physical fitness or just your eating habits. There are trends today that while they are good for your health in one area, they don’t focus on overall health. A truly healthy person has a good balance physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It’s easy to get caught up in just focusing on one or two areas of your health while overlooking the rest.  Finding the proper balance in this fast-paced lifestyle we live now can be a challenge, and if you’re financially strapped it can present an even bigger challenge.

The fast food industry and processed food industry are profiting tremendously because of just how convenient their unhealthy foods are.  While they provide the greatest ease in providing fast meals to families, they pose the biggest health risk. Money is tight especially in single parent households and these foods are the cheapest and easiest way to feed families.  We all have to start deciding what’s truly important to us and the ramifications of not paying attention to our overall health.  Gym memberships and eating organic, non-GMO foods can be very expensive, especially when you factor in all your other financial obligations.  The benefits they provide to your life however, outweigh their costs.  Once I began buying organic foods, I noticed just how much my grocery bill increased.  But I figure I would much rather pay a higher grocery bill now than pay the high costs of medications later.  Knowing what I know now about pharmaceutical companies concerns, practices and profits I have been given even more of an incentive to manage my overall health.  These companies are not trying to cure anything, rather they are more concerned with making a profit and prolonging your use of their drugs.  (Feel free to read this article from BBC and draw your own conclusions:  Pharmaceutical industry gets high on fat profits).  There is a direct correlation in eating processed/non organic foods and diseases/ailments requiring drugs from pharmaceutical companies. I started researching holistic alternatives for issues that I’ve had, and have been able to make some positive changes in my life.  I was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic and was given no real help from my doctor.  I began researching natural treatments and came across an article talking about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar.  After drinking this for over a year and cleaning up my eating habits, my blood sugar level balanced out and I no longer have to take Metformin.  Holistic options, in my opinion, are better at treating ailments, but most doctors won’t recommend this for a myriad of reasons.  Again, please feel free to research all this for yourself… I’m sure you’ll be amazed at what you find out.

Now let’s get back to maintaining your overall health.  Exercise your body and mind, eat healthier foods, heal your past wounds and practice your spiritual beliefs.  These things are crucial and require your attention on a regular basis.  It seems to be increasingly difficult to accomplish real balance the faster paced our lives become.  This is one of the reasons why so many people are out of whack.  We are busier now, more than ever before, and because of this some areas of our lives are not being tended to properly.  We have got to learn to take some “me” time to tend to ourselves, [after all] we only have this one life and this one body.

Some of the ways I have started managing my overall health include buying healthier foods (as I mentioned before), meditating and working out often and working to resolve my issues from my past.  Issues from the past are one of the biggest areas people avoid focusing on, because of the amount of pain it causes.  Know this– you cannot progress forward and have a healthy emotional state if you never focus on this area.  We all have some sort of baggage that we’re carrying with us and until we begin to unpack that baggage, it’s always going to hinder our overall well-being.  You can either acknowledge and deal with your issues head on or you can wait for a major event to happen in your life that forces you to deal with your emotional state.  I think it would be a lot easier to just deal with your issues and resolve them now, rather than later.

A healthy mind and body are beneficial; by you taking care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually you will live a happier life.  You will also be teaching your loved ones how to maintain balance in their lives, creating a cycle of health and happiness.  So ask yourself, “Are you really healthy?”  If your answer is no, then what are you going to do to change it?


Editor’s Note:  Soul Food Poems is not a doctor or medical professional. This article is based solely upon her opinion and own experiences and not to be taken as medical advice. Readers are advised to do their own research and to consult a trusted health professional regarding proper healthcare and any necessary treatments.



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Dawn Douglas is Soul Food Poems, the soulful poet and writer born and raised in Louisville, KY. She began her love of writing in high school. The poems she wrote during that time became the foundation for her first book of poetry titled “More than Poetry, 1993 until Infinity” published in 2007. In 2013 she published her second book "A Journey through Infinity". She joined the Air Force in 1994 and maintained a love of writing poetry, speeches and short stories. During her 20 year career she performed her poetry and speeches at numerous Open Mic's, Black History Month and Women’s History Month Luncheons, Juneteenth events and retirement ceremonies. She is also the founder of the Facebook group, Positive Educated Black Women, which she created to help unify, support, uplift and to network with other strong black women.


  1. July 9, 2015 at 8:42 pm — Reply


    I am a firm believer that we have essentially forgotten how to take care of ourselves because we’ve relied on doctors so much. And when you factor in the pharmaceutical industry and the fast food industry, it’s just a mess, man.

    Thank you for a great and practical article on health. This really resonates with me and is the kind of stuff I like to blog about myself. And thanks for mentioning the stuff about how we’re often too busy to take good care of ourselves. It’s essentially a trap of sorts. We get so caught up in trying to accomplish other stuff that we don’t cook, we don’t exercise, we eat quick processed foods that tear our bodies up, and then we get sick and take medicines that sometimes further tear up our bodies and require more medicine, and so on.

    Perhaps you can tell that I’m passionate about this stuff.

    • Soul Food Poems
      July 19, 2015 at 8:54 pm — Reply


      I can indeed tell that you are passionate about this. I am becoming more aware of my health and learning new ways to manage everything in my life. I really appreciate you taking the time out to read this. I wish more people would slow down and research their health so that they too can become truly healthy.

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