Sunday, October 29, 2017

It's Time To Get Back In The Saddle Again: 10 Tips To Start Living Healthy Today!







By Rachael J DeBruin, Registered Holistic Nutristionist*




"For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! 
Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. 
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland."

Isaiah 43:19 (NLT)




The scale has been quite unkind to me the last few years.

And for that, I am no longer its "friend"...

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Yes, having three children back to back can make a person's
body weight fluctuate.

Particularly if you are markedly "lucky" to hail 
from a long line of diabetics, and those that seem to
have the "gift" of a slow metabolism.

Yep, famines must be somewhere down my family line ;)

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So, I recently decided to combat this "formidable foe"
of extra girth, and returned to the gym.

And no, I'm not "one of those"
who supposedly have a new gym membership
but never darken the doors.

The staff are even becoming familiarized to our family.
We try to show up 2-3 x's per week.

I also recently joined an adult karate class.
Two hours of kickbutt fun every Thursday.

Wanna join me to suffer, er get in shape??
(seriously...send me an email. It can be a lot of fun too!)

I also started making myself walk the extra mile where I can.

And today, well today I am actually proud of myself.
I went to a health store and actually
didn't check out with a few too many of those so called 
"healthy" treats.

(& don't you dare judge me?! who really goes to the health
stores for only hemp hearts & kale??)

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Ah, the lovely existence of making new resolutions,
and social media proclamations of one's 
new health plans...

BUT, this is not what this post is intended to be.

Well, not solely anyway.

I am hoping to encourage those who
have ALSO been struggling...

Struggling to get your pants zipped up.
(Hey, they were shrunk in the dryer, right??)

Struggling to walk a flight of stairs without being winded.
(It's my asthma, ONLY...)

Struggling to look & feel their best.
(I mean, who has the time when I'm so busy...)

It's time to leave the excuses at the door,
and begin to invest in your health.

In YOU.

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I want to share TEN TIPS (reminders for myself too)
on how to get back in the saddle & take back your health!


1) Stop beating yourself up!

There I said.

Give yourself grace. Forgive yourself.
And then get up & begin again.

The more you beat yourself up, the longer you sit
in self-pity...the longer you sit there, and
the less likely you are to follow
ANY health plan.


2) Find an encouraging friend (or two).

Following a health routine is hard enough
to do on our own, but research shows that
grabbing a friend will help you BOTH get into
the groove together.

Accountability has great dividends
in any area of life, so why not
find someone today that can join you
in your new healthy pursuits!


3) Set a goal

Want to create a health-related goal that
you will actually follow?

The experts say make it something small & manageable to
start with. 

Then conquer that 'giant' and
get on to the next one!

Step by step, as we conquer our smaller goals,
they eventually snowball & add up to
something quite noticeable.


4) Drink more water

Hydration is one of the biggest keys to nourishing the body.

Start the day with some water, and
drink throughout the day.

I would advise drinking the bigger cups
in-between meals, so as not to dilute or
hinder digestion, but other than that, go hog wild!


5) Explore WHY you overeat (your triggers)

Everyone has their tempting situations, right?

For me, it's those days when I'm stressed, tired
and (or) feeling lonely.

It's also what we store in the house, and
when we don't prepare by packing nutritious
snacks when we are on the go.

Figuring out your trigger foods, and 
avoiding them, replacing them with 
more nourishing alternatives,
all help to stay off the extra weight.


6) De-stress your life

As said above, stress is one of my main triggers
for overeating. I would wager
it is the main trigger for 99 percent
of people who struggle with weight..

So, how to destress?

Many things could be said about this area, but
I think the biggest thing we all seem
to fall prey to these days is
overcommitment.

And commitment to things that don't
really matter in the long term.

Evaluating our time usage, and planning
in margin can go a long way.


7) Start Moving

Our lymph nodes require movement to pump
toxins out of our bodies.

Keeping healthy requires that we move our bodies
each & everyday.

Even little bursts of activity can make a big difference.


Set a goal to park farther away.

Set a goal to walk 20 minutes a few times per week.

Go swimming.

Get a bouncing indoor rebounder.


Anything that can inspire you to move & stay active!


8) More Veggies

Antioxidants are abundant in this major food group.
I'd say aim for a veggie per meal, or at least
lunch, and dinner.

Stay away from starchy "veggies" like corn & potatoes,
but feel free to go hog-wild on the greens.


9) Eat Healthy Fats

Particularly Omega 3's which are anti-inflammatory.

These can help our body hugely with
pain management and our brain function.

If you cannot consume enough fish
per week, I would advise supplementing.


10) Break Up With Sugar

This one is hard!!!

Sugar is like one of the major food groups, right?

Nope.

Sugar has many reasons that should cause
us to reevaluate how much
& if we consume it at all, but the
main one is that it is not nourishing our bodies
at all.


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So, in summary, it is time to start afresh.

We do not need to wait for the next
health crisis or new year to take one of the steps
above & gain in the area of our health.

The healthier we are, the better we feel.

The better we feel, the more energy we have.

The more energy we have, the more we can do.

It all comes back to small steps.


“I believe that the greatest gift you can 
give your family 
the world is a healthy you.“

-Joyce Meyer





*The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. 

1 comment:

  1. Awesome tips. I am a vegan but I slid off the saddle and ate meat this week, but I figured setting a goal of no animal products in the month of Nov. is a good start!

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