Friday, July 23, 2010

Healthier Living

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

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9 comments:

Sarah Nicole said...

I am the pickiest eater ever. I need to start eating better as well.

Christine said...

It's wonderful that you are making a resolution to live a healthier life. Some of the things that nudged and motivated me into a healthier way of being: Read the book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. I learned a lot about eating sustainable, locally grown, organic, seasonal foods from this book and I learned a lot about what is currently wrong with the American food supply. Watch the documentary Food, Inc. People always say about this that it should be required viewing for every American. I agree with that. Warning, the truth is ugly but that doesn't mean we should turn away from it. Read, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Nothing wrong with increasing your happiness right, Happy people are healthier people. You may have already seen or read these, but I thought I would mention them anyway, because they helped me so much...oh, also Flylady.com... Helps you release the clutter (if you have any) from home, body, and spirit. Good luck with your endeavor!!! :)

Samantha said...

I love that you're doing this for yourself... and for your daughter! Healthier living is something I've been tackling for a few months now, and although I have my slip-ups, it's making me feel so much better.

My husband and I visit the farmers markets at least once a week. I don't know what I'd do without them! We've been making so many salads and smoothies and we've been grilling a lot lately with all of the goodies we get!

Samantha said...

I love that you're doing this for yourself... and for your daughter! Healthier living is something I've been tackling for a few months now, and although I have my slip-ups, it's making me feel so much better.

My husband and I visit the farmers markets at least once a week. I don't know what I'd do without them! We've been making so many salads and smoothies and we've been grilling a lot lately with all of the goodies we get!

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Desi said...

Since moving to Calgary there are so many farmer's markets around and I want to take advantage of it! Where I am from, its small and there was never such a thing...so I'm really looking forward to eating locally and getting some good fruits and veggies.

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Lil'Misa said...

I love this. We clean out our house twice a year because those delicious snacks seem to sneak back into the house after a while.

It is hard to eat healthy and organic. We try to eat organic as much as possible but I won't go out of the way to find something organic if it isn't at the store. Like you said, you need to be flexible.

I hope you continue your healthy living, it will be great for your entire family.

Lil'Misa said...

I love this. We clean out our house twice a year because those delicious snacks seem to sneak back into the house after a while.

It is hard to eat healthy and organic. We try to eat organic as much as possible but I won't go out of the way to find something organic if it isn't at the store. Like you said, you need to be flexible.

I hope you continue your healthy living, it will be great for your entire family.

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