Healthy body, healthy mind
I tried to stay away… I really did, but I was drawn into the lure of the blogging world. Hehe it appears one post a day simply won’t cut it for me. I was sitting at my desk this morning and overhead some women near me talking about getting shots to protect them against “flu season” and it made me start thinking about our tendencies as Americans to want a “quick fix” for everything.
Now I’m liable to ruffle some feathers in saying this, but I don’t see a need for a flu shot in order to prevent illness over the winter season. Honestly, I’ve seen so many people get sick from the shot itself and then still end up catching something later on in the season. It seems like people want to ignore the glaring truth that if you just take care of yourself in the first place, you’ll have no need for a flu shot; no matter how many sick people you come in contact with! I eat whole, unprocessed foods (mostly although I’m not perfect), drink lots of water & herbal tea, exercise and get 7-8 hours of sleep a night and guess what – I am rarely sick. …and when I am sick, it’s really just a little more than the sniffles. No body aches, high fevers, etc. I know everybody’s bodies are very different, but seriously unless you have a specific condition where your immune system is weaker than normal, you should not be getting colds, fevers, etc all winter. I know a few such people and I can tell you that they most certainly do not eat well and take care of themselves.
I’m not writing this to rub it in your face that I don’t get sick, I actually just want to help you guys stay healthy! I just think that people really need to focus more time and energy on making sure their bodies are getting all the sleep, nutrients, exercise and love they need. Yup, I said love. One of the most crucial steps (in my opinion) of staying healthy and happy is having a positive mind frame. If you wake up every morning and think about what an awful day it’s going to be, how boring work will be, how tired you are going to feel, then guess what – you will have a pretty awful day. On the flip-side, if you start your day with a positive mantra like “today will be a wonderful day”, reaffirming it to yourself throughout the day, and reminding yourself (if anything goes wrong) of the good things in your life that you are blessed with; I guarantee your day will go better. Trust me, I used to let myself get stressed from school, work, relationships, etc. and as a result I spent alot more time feeling ill and run-down. With positive thinking paired along with a healthy lifestyle you are bound to experience a higher quality of life.
Of course, people simply don’t want to hear this. They want energy pills and coffee to keep them going instead of making sleep and exercise a priority (which will both undoubtably boost your energy levels). A healthy diet? No thanks, most people would rather put their bodies through hell instead – going through diet & fasting cycles, subsisting on foods that is packed with chemicals instead of food straight from the earth. And worst of all, most people accept stress as a normal part of their life. They seem to think that working long hours or having stressful situations in work & life mean that they have to feel that stress internally. That isn’t the case though – there is a difference between facing and dealing with stresses and actually allowing it to consume you and affect your mindset.
Try this out: Wake up and tell yourself that you will have a great day and smile when you do. Everytime you see yourself in the mirror during the day say something positive to yourself. If you catch yourself thinking a negative thought – ew a pimple, I look fat, I look tired – cut off that thought and replace it with something positive about yourself. Have a hearty breakfast to start off your day and eat well throughout the day. That means fruits, vegetables, whole grains (like whole-wheat breads or brown rice), healthy fats (like Olive oil), and protein (nuts, beans or meat – not synthetic protein bars) and see how you feel at the end of the day. You can have indulgences like chocolate, etc, but look for dark chocolate, natural ice cream, wine and do so in moderation. Just see how you feel at the end of the day. Finding a better, healthier you takes time, it is not a quick fix, but if you stick to it, you will find yourself having more energy, getting sick less often, and things will seem to click more in your life. There’s truth to the old adage “You’ll catch more bees with honey than with vinegar”. Live your life full of love – love for yourself and for others.
Ok… I’ll get off my soap box now. 🙂
Yup, that’s right, you hear me… flurries! When I was walking to work this morning there were legitimate snow flurries! I pretty much skipped and hummed the rest of the way there. I. Love. Snow. Can you tell? I’m partly so excited because I just booked my vacation to go snowboarding the week after Christmas, but also I just love the white stuff. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years… I love the holidays and the only way they can get better is if they’re accompanied with a nice blanket of snow.
I got up this morning to total darkness outside. Ok, I’m being dramatic, but it’s crazy how much shorter the days are seeming lately. I dragged my butt outta bed and into my under armour and set off to the park for my morning run – darkness or no darkness. I brought my cell phone of course even though there are tons of people out when I run just because I’m a girl and you can never be too safe. Knocked out another 3.5 miles to add to my Pile On the Miles tally! Yesss! As I was heading back I saw the CNN building read 35 degrees. Eeek! That is mighty cold!
When I got back I heated up some Banana Oatymeal that I had prepared the night before in the interest of saving time. I used unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk this morning which was soo good and creamy! Definitely a great addition. And of course a generous spoonful of Peanut Butter. I almost forgot to take a picture it tasted so good! 😳
I packed my lunch today and it was definitely a good one for the cold wintery day. A large baked potato with some butter, salt & pepper along with sweet peas and a cup of cottage cheese. I used a large baby food jar cleaned out to hold the cottage cheese.
I seriously love those things for packing lunches. The tiny ones are good for honey or peanut butter, and the bigger ones are good for yogurt, cottage cheese, hummus or tuna slad so that your sandwich doesn’t get soggy. Try it out! …and remember, think good thoughts today! 😀