There are so many good for you things out there. I don’t think there are enough hours in the day for me to do all the things that I should, ought to, or want to. BUT…I have tried to set a healthy foundation and then sprinkle in the rest when and where I can. Here are some great healthy habitudes I want to do more of!
1. Green Tea
There is a bunch of good stuff that green tea could help out with. It is loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin C so it’s possible it could help us out with heart health, cancer prevention, and weight control. Green tea isn’t something I drink every day, but I would like to. When I remember, I make a cup and enjoy. But, I’d like to do it more often.
Pre-baby I attended at least one yoga session a week. I miss my hot yoga session on Thursday nights! For some reason, I have it in my head that if I have an hour to workout, it needs to be the sweaty, beat you up kind. Generally, I do not have time to get to extra classes as my husband usually works late and that leaves me in charge of the evening routine. (Which is fine, by the way! I had years of selfishness!!) But I do miss it. I try to do yoga at home, but that usually ends up with my 1-year-old crawling all over me! I also try to sprinkle in a little yoga and unwinding at the end of my group classes. I need to get out of the mindset that I need to be jumping or running for my workouts, and use one of my days as a yoga day. I just bought a Yoga for Runners DVD. I recently got certified in PiYo in hopes to train my body more holistically and using my time wisely by offering it as one of the classes I lead. For me Yoga just helps me unwind, refocus, and do some amazing self-care with the deep stretches and poses.
3. Make stuff from scratch
I do this…sometimes. I used to do it a lot more. My top things I like to make from scratch are:
Whole wheat bread (I recently did this and got 6 loaves in the freezer!)
Yogurt (This is actually very easy. All you need is a little time.)
Protein muffins (I keep these in the freezer for an easy breakfast or snack!)
Pizza crust and Pizza sauce
Once I get in the kitchen and start it’s always a good time and I’m glad I did it. It’s just getting in there and getting it done…
4. Chemical free
In the last 10 years I have grossly reduced the amount of chemicals I use. But our exposure to toxins still scares me. Chemicals, pesticides, and carcinogens…ugh…
I have switched to mostly glass containers to hold food in. But I do still have some plastic:(
I try to buy the dirty dozen in organic produce, but honestly it’s crazy expensive and I wonder if it’s even truly pesticide free?? I ALWAYS soak my produce in our Habitude Fruit and Veggie soak!
I eat mostly clean and unprocessed foods.
I mostly use Norwex for cleaning but still use some chemicals in the bathroom and I buy my laundry soap (Tide Free and Clear-yes, I know I could do better, and I will. (No dryer sheets though!)
I use hairspray:(
BUT, I am using coconut oil and essential oils for my skin care.
I don’t know how to get away from my make-up routine. I do use Bare Minerals, but I use other products as well that are loaded with chemicals. 🙁
I no longer use perfumed products (mostly due to headache irritants, but it works out well for less exposure!)
We try to buy local meat when we can, but are working on a way to get good priced protein sources that are local without breaking the bank!
Again, I’m waaaaaaaay better than I used to be. But I feel there is always room for improvement!
5. Self Care
This is really a tough one. I think we all believe we are being spoiled if we get a massage, soak in a hot tub, or take an hour out to read, meditate, or nap! Well…that’s just not true!I am giving you permission to stop thinking of it that way! I used to be pretty good pre-baby about taking time out of the day to just sit and do one of these things. I will say that now it is more challenging (and I have done a great job at neglecting this important habitude), but definitely not impossible. I just have to prioritize it as a high value and it will get done.
Recently I did some research on some of my aches and pains (IT band and hip tightness, neck tightness,and headaches) and found some stretches and functional exercises I have been doing in the evening on the floor while we watch a show before bed. (It doesn’t get any easier than that!) It’s only been a few days, but I fully anticipate that if I am consistent in doing this daily, within a month I should be feeling a lot better! If you are active, you have to take care of your body so that it can keep performing for years to come! I am so lucky that my good friend is a gifted massage therapist. We trade services; massage for training! I have noticed decrease headaches in sticking to a bi-weekly massage. Combining this with the stretching, relaxation, and good nutrition, I should be feeling and performing really well this summer!