I believe that everyone is different and just as everyone is different – everyones body has different needs, and thus the term “healthy lifestyle” means something different for each person. For me discovering what is healthy has been and still is a journey. I am in the process of recovery from an ED and so have learned to accept that what might be healthy and normal for other people is not the same way for me.
I believe in “clean eating” - eating lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and vegetarian sources of protein. I still eat meat, because at this point it isn't medically recommended for me to make the switch to a full vegetarian diet. In the future that might be the case, as I have moral and health based grounds for wanted to do so. But at this point in life, meat is still a part of it. So I'm going to take that fact and enjoy it.
I believe that the human body is not made to be inactive, and so I try to get some physical activity every day. Vigorous exercise is also not a regular part of my life at the moment, but as I get to a better place health wise I'm hoping to slowly incorporate it back again. Right now I do a lot of walking and yoga, and some very light strength training for time to time.
Another thing I am bound by at the moment is a very tight budget. But just because you don't have a lot of money to spend on expensive “organic” products doesn't mean you have to kiss your dreams of healthy living goodbye. I just do the best I can in order to live a healthy life. Although I wish there was more available in order to enable me to do that, just because you can't do everything, doesn't mean you can't do anything. It's all about doing your best.
And one more thing. I'm trying not to have the black and white mindset that states “Sugar and all processed foods are deadly poisonous and I may NEVER indulge in them”. I think a good mentality to have is “everything in moderation”. And a piece of chocolate or scoop of ice-cream from time to time are good for the soul :D
Chocolate cake protein oats.
Simple Coconut cake
Creamy banana/coconut overnight oats
Indulgent broccoli soup
Easy red lentil/barley curry soup