When we think of being healthier, many of us think of losing weight. But gaining health is more than just about losing weight…
Health and wellness is a hot topic these days. Often times, however, it’s easy for many of us to get overwhelmed or bogged down with what we feel it takes to be healthy.
Lose weight? Exercise more? Count calories? Paleo? Gluten-free? Sugar-free? Read labels? Go organic? AAAAAghhhhhh!!!!!
At the end of the day, I think most of us want to improve our health. And both the good news and bad news is there’s tons of info out there, too! There is medical research showing that watching what and how much we eat is good for us; that additives and chemicals aren’t good for us, and that getting “off the couch” has positive effects on both our bodies and minds. While we’re not doctors or experts by any means, I think there’s a lot to be said for common sense in this area, too.
So, rather than tell you what YOU should do (please see a doctor for that!) I’m telling you what I’M doing these days to improve my ~ and my family’s ~ health!
1) Cutting sugar
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that all the added sugars in the foods we eat are bad for you! And the more I read labels the more horrified I become, seeing how much sugar is in so many of the things we eat. I’m not talking about the natural sugars found in fruits, now; just added, processed sugar.
Try this: cut out sugar-laden foods from 1 meal/day for a week, and see how much better you feel! Substitute fresh fruits for store-bought fruit cups or canned fruit. If you want/need convenience and transportability, make your own by cutting up fruit and placing them in small Rubbermaid/plastic containers.
2) Drink more water
I know, I know…I can HEAR you say “But, I don’t like water…” or some such thing… Well, I say “Get over it!” Your.body.needs.water! Simple as that.
Try this: add fresh fruit or herbs like mint or lemon balm. Freeze bottles of water the night before so they’re nice and cold! Use a special/beautiful/favorite glass. If you must, consider flavored water; but read the labels first! Some of them add sugar or nasty chemicals (and many of them are just too darn expensive!)…
3) Getting more exercise
You might have kept up with our “C25K” series awhile back, when Candy and I were training for a 5k. OK, you don’t have to go THAT far, but getting moving every day does help! Studies show that even 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day can make a significant difference in your health!
Try this: set a timer (on your phone, perhaps?!) for an hour, and each time it goes off, do something physical. Decide ahead of time what you’ll be doing (this piece is crucial!), so you don’t waste time thinking of something, or get distracted. Some ideas include: hula-hooping, walk around the block, arm or leg exercises, a short bike ride, a quick game of frisbee or catch or jump rope with the kids… Be creative! 🙂
4) DIY products to limit chemical intake
Ya’ know, your skin is the largest organ of your body, and everything that goes on it goes in you! So we’ve been doing a lot of culling in our house (ok, I’VE been doing it, but whatever…). The DIY recipes you see on our site have all been “tested” in our very own homes. Up to this point, I use homemade laundry soap, deodorant, carpet deodorizer and cleaning products; Candy uses these and also homemade toothpaste. And we both extensively use essential oils and coconut oil.
Try this: Take a look at some of the recipes on our site and pick one to try. Or decide on something you’re interested in and search Pinterest – there are LOTS of recipes there! At the very least, start reading the labels of the products you use, whether they’re food or cleaning or personal hygiene items… If you can’t pronounce the ingredients (especially if you use them often!) consider a DIY, more natural, alternative!
There you have it! Some simple, easy ways to add health to your life! We all know what we should be doing, now tell me: what’s it gonna take to get you on the bandwagon?!
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