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Lauren Shaber

What it Means to Choose Healthy

It’s a decision you make every. single. day.

I talk a lot about choosing healthy & hashtag many of my photos, tweets & posts with #choosehealthy. For a long time, I was looking for a personal mantra that I could use when trying to explain to others what I was doing. I knew I wanted something that could be translated into a simple hashtag & something that could apply to more than just me.

My friend, Kara, had been using #choosehappy as her go-to hashtag & I loved it. Every day, I saw her posts and realized that it is up to me — to choose happy, to choose fun, to choose healthy.

That’s when #choosehealthy was born.

So, what does #choosehealthy mean?

It means that every day you will do your best to choose healthy options.

When I go out to a restaurant, I choose wheat bread over white, sauce on the side instead of poured over, or a grilled appetizer instead of fried. When you choose healthy options, you’re taking care of your body & feeding it with so many good nutrients!

Same with my workouts — I choose to wake up at 6am every morning to get in a workout. I actively choose to go to spin after work to get in a workout, even if I’m tired. I know it’ll make me feel good & I know my body will love it.

This can apply to everything though — not just nutrition & workouts. For example, I make it a point to spend some quality time with my boyfriend every day. Whether it’s going on a walk, cooking dinner together, or sitting on the couch & watching TV, I choose to prioritize our relationship because it makes me happy. In short, I’ve found that doing what makes me happy makes me a healthier person. That’s definitely #choosehealthy worthy.

Also – just to clear this up. Yes, I slip up & yes, I eat “unhealthy” sometimes. In fact, just this weekend, I enjoyed some pizza, pasta, Pita Pit & more… and I don’t feel guilty. I also had Greek yogurt for breakfast, a smoothie & some Luna bars. If I know that I’m choosing healthy about 80% of the time, that’s all that matters. It’s all about balance!

Every day, I try my best to eat healthy, get in a workout, check-in on Instagram, have a healthy mindset, etc. I realized that to be healthy, I personally had to choose to be healthy.

So there’s my personal motto, all spelled out for ya! You’re welcome to use it if you’d like 😉

*This post was originally published on For more from Lauren, be sure to visit her site, here.

Hi! My name is Lauren and I’m the blogger behind After moving up to the Bay Area in the summer of 2013 and losing over 30 pounds and countless inches, I found a love for cooking, juicing and meal prepping, along with a new found love for fitness. Since then, I’ve completed 5ks, 10k, half marathons, triathlons — even checking an item off the bucket list: swimming from Al…

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