Improve Your Life By Doing Yourself A Few Favors

Do you ever wonder if there are things you could do for yourself to make you feel better? Whether you are lacking sleep, lacking stamina, suffering from aches and pains, or just not feeling quite up to par in all areas of life…..you can improve this by changing a few things on a daily basis.

It’s no secret we are a society of technology. Many of us cannot even imagine leaving our smart phones for a few minutes, let alone a few hours, unattended. Although, those seem to be the same people that say….I don’t have time to do this or that. I had a friend once tell me that she could feel her heart rate race at the thought of leaving her smart phone behind while we were discussing the fact that we don’t take technology with us camping. All we were doing was talking about it and this happened. Seriously…..this was amazing to me. Going somewhere unplugged from the cyber world is absolutely amazing. Everyone should try it at least once in my opinion. Although, in reality, this could also be so mind blowing for some that maybe we should talk about other favors you can do for yourself that are so much easier.

Drink Water

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I am known to always have a water bottle with me at all times. I rarely ever leave home without it. Most individuals are dehydrated on a daily basis which can lead to all sorts of issues. And it’s easy to fix…..just drink more water.

Eat Healthy

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This is a no brainer in my opinion. You are what you eat and by eating a rainbow of colors you will feel so much brighter inside. And no, I am not talking about eating rainbow sprinkles on a cupcake.

Use Sunscreen

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Sun protection is important no matter what time of year it is. Use it daily, year round.

Schedule Yearly Physicals

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I know, no one likes to go see the doctor. Although, no one likes to be ill either. So yearly physicals are important no matter what age you are.

Learn To Relax

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Relaxation is often hard to do today with everyone being pulled a million directions. However, eventually your body and mind will say enough is enough and just be done. This is called exhaustion. So do your body and mind an favor and give it a rest once in awhile. Step back and just relax. Find your happy place and just go there for an hour, think of nothing, and BREATHE!

Exercise

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Exercising a bit each day will benefit every part of your life. Your body, mind, job,marriage, parenthood, etc. and it only takes a little time each day.

Fall In Love With Something/Someone

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Everyone needs love. Whether its something or someone, life is not complete until you fall in love with that certain something/someone.

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Keeping Healthy During The Holidays

Keeping healthy during the holidays is really not as hard as you may think. It is far from impossible.

Do you know the average weight gain is 5lbs. from Thanksgiving to New Year’s? That just blows my mind. Yes, we all have parties to attend, stress, work, family issues, and so on to worry about during this time. However, none of these things should effect how you gain or loose weight during the holidays. Or at least not anymore than any other day of the year. I have heard many people say that the holidays is a time to cheat and enjoy themselves. I will agree with “enjoy” not “cheat”. Please enjoy this time of year but why cheat and end up not enjoying the outcome later on.

Whether you are the host, hostess, or the guest at someone’s home here are a few pointers that I think you may find helpful.

  • Show support to family and friends. If you know your family member or friend is watching what they eat please don’t say something like,”Oh just this once won’t hurt, try it.” They are well aware what they want to eat/drink to maintain any success they may have already experienced in their healthy journey. Do not sabotage this by telling them it’s ok. Let them make that decision for themself.
  • Start a new tradition. For instance, after Christmas dinner and before opening gifts go for a family walk in the neighborhood and enjoy the light displays. Or have everyone with kids in the family bring sleds and go sledding, or make snowmen in the yard. Plan an active activity to do as a family. Our family went snowshoeing Christmas Day last year and had the best time.
  • Keep alcoholic beverages to a minimum. The holidays should not be about whom can drink the most to be the merriest.
  • Assign a dish to bring. When someone asks if they can bring a dish to pass, speak up. By having a mental or written list of healthier dishes, you can easily pick one off the list and give them what they asked for. If you leave it up to them, their healthy and your healthy can be completely different.
  • Always bring a dish. This is the only way you can be guaranteed there will be something you can eat that will fit into your healthier eating plan.
  • Substitute healthier alternatives in recipes. Most people will never know that you used low fat cream cheese (among many other things) if you don’t tell them.
  • Exercise throughout the holidays. Don’t laugh….you can find the time. I have already researched the holiday hours of our gym and have a plan. You can too!

These are just a few suggestions. I am not saying have no fun, don’t drink, and stop eating. I am just saying that keeping healthy during the holidays is completely possible if you want it to be.

Do you have any to add to my list? I would love to hear your suggestions.

 

Healthy Lifestyle vs. Dieting/ Dealing with Hypoglycemia

I can’t believe the number of people that have told me they are going to try a new diet. Doesn’t it always seem that someone is on one diet or another? Honestly, I think there are enough different ones out there that a person could be on a new diet monthly. This is just so overwhelming to me!!!

Maybe I was lucky, when I achieved my weight loss years ago, I truthfully did not find it difficult to eat healthy. I simply just changed the way I ate. Not a hard concept. I knew the junk I was eating and simply stopped eating it.

Yes, of course, I craved things that I gave up, like chips, cheese (I do live in Wisconsin), grilled hotdogs, etc. Then I searched around and found replacements for all these items. The things I could not replace, I had a bite of and left the rest for someone else.

I really never understood dieting. Once you “START” a diet, you eventually have to “END” a diet. I wanted my weight loss to be lifelong, so I never wanted that “END” day to come. My solution was to change my lifestyle, not start a diet.

Many will blame their husband, wife or children. So and so always has to have this or that in the house. Kids like there snack foods, husbands like their chips, wives like their chocolate. So be it. Find healthier alternatives. Learn portion sizes, and stick to them. Let’s face it, chocolate is healthy in small portions, baked chips are better than regular chips and kids eat what mom or dad buy for them. In other words, if they can’t see it, they can’t eat it. If they are are hungry and offered healthier options they will eat them.

One of the hardest things I had to learn was that every time we had an outing planned we brought a cooler full of healthy options. It is not easy to feed a family healthy on the road. Another hurdle was eating out. Portion sizes at restaurants are enormous. When we would eat out, I used to cut everything in half and only eat half my meal. The rest was brought home for another meal.

I often ask myself why people do this to themselves. Go on a diet, go off a diet. Loose weight and feel great, just to turn around and gain it back when the diet is done. Just make a lifestyle change instead. It’s your life to change.

This is how I lost weight. No calorie counting, no special diet, no surgery. I have been struggling lately with hypoglycemia. I found myself researching different strategies, diets and foods that help solve some of the issues that come along with this frustrating condition. Then I thought to myself, what am I doing? I am not going to try any diet. No way, I can do this myself. My biggest hurdle is I need to eat every 3-4 hours, regardless if I am hungry or not (according to all the experts and doctors). This is not something that makes me happy! I have trained myself to eat only when hungry and at no other times.

I eat a balance diet and exercise daily. I have come to love exercise and my active lifestyle and will not let this condition change the way I do things. (Remember, I am a redhead and am very stubborn) I have learned that I do need to feed my body when it tells me it needs to eat, although, I don’t always agree with it. So, I try and feed it healthy options and will change some of my eating habits to adjust to this condition but no new “diet plan” is going to happen.

I have come to realize I need to have a small snack everywhere I am, just in case things get delayed and I can not make it home within that 3-4 hours. I have a snack in my purse and in our vehicles. When we leave home for any larger amount of time I now grab what we all know as “mom’s snack bag.” It hangs on the hook right next to the door leading out of our home. Always accessible and easy to grab. (That’s it, on my husband’s back, my emergency bag of snacks.)

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Yes, I have even reached the point where, if I forget it I have turned around and went back home for it. At this stage, I have surrendered to this condition and have come to realize for now I can only hope my brain and my body will eventually learn to get along again, and be happy together. I hope:)

I just wish more people would look in the mirror and realize that if you want to be healthy, it’s really not about what diet you choose. It’s about what you feed that body of yours and how you choose to live your life. You will succeed if you want it bad enough.