The last time I wrote about health was back in March, and boy has a lot happened since then! A lot of exciting things!
- I started taking Juice Plus vitamins in February, and while I still do have the occasional sniffles and scratchy throat, I haven't missed a day of work due to sickness since starting! Not even during allergy season!
- Fun cardio! I started taking weekly hip hop classes and I'm going through a 5-week belly dance class right now. I really enjoy these classes, which means I prioritize them and make sure they happen.
- Quite a few months saw me drinking hot tea almost every day.
- I've started substituting stevia in for almost all the sugar in our recipes.
- I started using Mary Kay's Timewise collection, but I'm now in the process of filtering in other products that will be better for my skin.
- We now only eat whole wheat pasta. This change was a hard one because I just hated the whole wheat consistency at first, but now I don't even notice the difference!
- We've started using coconut oil a whole lot more in cooking, and I put it into my smoothies, too, when I have them.
I'm really proud of myself for taking these measures and for being conscious of how I treat my body. The main goals I have right now are to incorporate more exercise, continue to bring in the new skin products I mentioned, and continue to make my sleep a priority. Also, for some reason it took me this long to realize and internalize this super important truth:
Exercise isn't just a way to manage your weight, it's a way to keep your heart healthy. Do it!
I forget this so much, because so often we girls view exercise as a way to get skinny or to tone our arms or shrink our tummies! If there were something we could do to make our internal organs stronger, wouldn't we do it? I sometimes eat yogurt when I notice indigestion issues. I've taken asthma medicine in the past to help me breathe better. If exercising for a half hour 5 times a week is all it takes to help my heart last longer, why aren't I doing it?! So, I've added it to my list.
That free health course I mentioned!
Stanford School of Medicine is offering a free online course called Child Nutrition and Cooking. The course focuses on the good eating patterns and nutrition habits people can acquire as children. There are also a lot of starter recipes and good tips on what to stock your pantry with. Starting back at square one and learning what it's supposed to be like seems like a great way to evaluate our current habits. I plan on taking the course. Would you like to join me?