If you would have asked me, when I was a teen, what my health would be like in 10 years I would have answered that I would be healthy and living life to the full. Throughout high school and early twenties, I was into fitness and eating well…for the most part. But as almost every parent knows eating well and exercising are hard to fit into the day.
It does not help that we live in a major city and there is food from a variety of different cultures on every street corner. It’s easier to say you will cook tomorrow night and order in!
It was not until a couple of years ago that I noticed my health was taking a turn for the worse. I had constant headaches and migraines. If you don’t know the difference between a headache and migraine, ask a migraine sufferer. Worst.pain.imaginable.
Fatigue, depression, lack of motivation and a host of other ailments began to overtake me. I am not writing this post to tell you what new diet to try or discuss the latest exercising fad. The point is to share something I knew to be true a long time ago but I did not put into practice.
Eating well and exercising! Yeah, that is it. The secret weapon. Now, I do understand many people have health problems and need their medication. I am not saying to stop any of that. But it is helpful to learn about what could be the source of your health issues and work to eliminate foods or activities that have a negative impact in your life.
For instance, I had to go cold turkey from sugar. It was rough and tougher than I thought it would be. Detox symptoms are no joke! Sugar is in everything! Once I started on to make those changes for myself I began to include my kids. After a year of no soda, we barely drink it anymore. It’s not the first thing we request to drink. I am proud of our progress.
Another thing we do around here is smoothies. Ask many of my friends and they will tell you I am a smoothie guru! It is a perfect way to wake the kids up and get them started on their school work. We also do smoothies for a snack a couple of days a week. I do not know about anyone else but blended food is not always on my meal list. I like to chew! So we limit these.
Check this guide out on how to make a yummy smoothie:
As far as a workout routine, there are so many people on the internet willing to share their knowledge. Not every workout works for everyone. The kids and I start out with light stretching and then a 7-minute workout. We bought yoga mats and special workout clothes that make the process more fun! We will post a fitness article on how we start our day.
In conclusion, it has been a couple of years of fighting off bad habits and trying to replace them with good ones. I still have some ailments I am working through but I am proud of my journey thus far.
Care to share any healthy recipes that you have found particularly yummy?