I was recently at the oncologist office with my mom and they were asking her what medications she takes. She started rattling off a list: this for diabetes, that for hypertension, someofthis for high cholesterol. It made me feel like a ticking time bomb. I already lost the healthy gene lottery, so I decided that I can't give the Devil the stick to beat me with and I need to prevent myself from becoming unhealthy by being proactive. And I need to provide a healthy lifestyle for my daughter as well as setting a good example as to what healthy living looks like.
I've mentioned in a recent post that she's a picky eater so I need to be even more dilligent to make sure that she's getting the right nutrition. Hiding the veggies is working out wonderful for us so far, but it's more than that. There are some specific things that I can do to make our lifestyle a healthier one.
Eating right: I'm going to go through every cabinet, every shelf, and every nook in the fridge and freezer and toss all those things that are oh so delicious, but oh so bad for you. Like the pint of Ben and Jerry's cookie dough ice cream and the package of Oreo cookies. When I have those things in the house it's difficult for me not to indulge. The only possible solution is to not have them in the house. We already only eat whole grains. I want to up the amounts of fruits and veggies that we eat as well. Whether they are hidden or eaten outright. I also need to cut down on the alcohol. I've decided that I don't need a drink every. single. night. Green tea will have to do on some nights. I also want to eat more organically and visit more farmer's markets. Additionally, I need to make smarter choices when eating out.
Exercise: It's so much easier for me to exercise in the summer when I'm off. I drop Isabella off at the gym day care for an hour and it's wonderful. I get an hour to exercise and she gets to play with other kids, plus it's a great little break from being "mommy" in the middle of the day. I also want to start doing more family exercises, like runs, playing outside on the grass, and whatever else I can think of so that Isabella grows up with exercising as a part of her life. I also need to make time for it, no matter how tired I am, when I go back to work in September.
Taking care of myself: Making sure that I take time out for meditation and/or prayer. Making sure that I take care of my skin because I don't want to look like a ratty old leather handbag when I'm 40.
Indulgences: I realize that eating organically 100% of the time and working out 5 days a week isn't always going to be feasible all the time. Sometimes I'm going to buy the peppers that are on-sale and sometimes I'm going to want to drink beer with dinner two nights in a row. That's life and I'm going to allow myself these indulgences in moderation and realize that sometimes life needs to just be enjoyed.
Whelp, that's all I got so far but I think it's a great start and I'm really excited about it. If you guys have any more healthful living tips I'm all ears
That's all I got for right now, but I feel like that's a good start and I'm excited