Let’s make a pact to stay healthy during the busy holiday season, m’kay?
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When I say “stay healthy” I mean both mentally and physically. To my mind there’s really no difference. But since I’m no health expert, I’m not doling out health tips. I’m fessing up to my own mistakes. A different kind of post for this blog that I’m excited to share.
As I mentioned in Tuesday’s post on french toast, I get reflective at the end of the year so I’ve been doing some soul searching and targeting areas of my life that need improvement. When I get busy, my self-care habits falter. Here are the top 5 ways I’m shortchanging myself right now.
Mistake No 1 ~ Not Drinking Enough Water
Water? Gah. I’m way too busy/distracted to drink water. And, besides, who has the time for all that peeing?!? Not to mention the time it takes to wash the glass (we don’t have a dishwasher. Ahem. Is Santa reading this?) This hydration issue is exacerbated by the fact that tense times often result in an increased intake of coffee. Especially as the weather cools down. I’m just craving something warm and comforting and caffeinated. This is a crash and burn waiting to happen.
Mistake No 2 ~ Not Taking my Vitamin Supplements
I only take a probiotic, a multivitamin and a vitamin D supplement so I’m not saving any time by not doing this. AND if I would do it, this would actually help with mistake no 1 since I have to take them with water. I have more energy on the days that I make a point to take them. I can actually stay awake longer than my kids! And I feel more satisfied . My hunger curve is less like a roller coaster and more like a lazy drive through the hillsides (in a convertible. And did I mention I also look like Grace Kelly?)
Mistake No 3 ~ Skipping snacks
I have more energy, more focus, and avoid those horrific “low blood sugar moments” (aka “mommy dearest” moments) when I eat five times a day. Three small meals and two snacks. When I get busy, I skip snacks and push meal times to their absolute limit. This results in me being way too hungry at lunchtime and dinner time, eating larger than optimal portions and making poor food choices in favor of something quick.
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Mistake No 4 ~ Not Exercising
This, frankly, is an issue for me even when I’m completely on top of my self-care game. It’s the nut I just haven’t cracked yet. I need to find something I can do that is either productive or insanely enjoyable during a vigorous walk because the exercise itself? It just isn’t enough. Maybe I could invent blogging while jogging! But seriously, blogging is solitary and sedentary. I need to get out into the fresh air amongst other humans in real time. I know I feel better when I do but, unfortunately, that knowledge isn’t enough to push through my Taurean inertia.
Mistake No 5 ~ Too Much Alcohol
This is a tough one to admit, which is probably why I’m listing it last. When I’ve been stressed and ignoring my own needs all day, I tend to overindulge in the evenings. Not only at supper, but with the wine and cocktails. When I get some exercise and eat well I feel less “cheated” at the end of the day and have less “to make up for.” I’m also not wound as tightly so my need to decompress isn’t as strong. I also think this could be related to mistake number 1 because I’m thirsty. And wine tastes better than water. Sorry. It just does.
Plan of attack:
- The first step, I’m happy to say, is complete. Just to be mindful of where and how I’m falling short of my goals.
- Keep fresh fruit, carrot sticks and celery sticks handy so snacks can be both quick AND healthy. Hummus is great to have on hand, too. And hard boiled eggs.
- Lists. I am putting a lot of emphasis on To Do lists going forward because these issues are related to time management issues. So if I have to make a list and put “Drink water” or “Take vitamins” on there to get myself to do it because I’m old and can’t remember anything, so what? No one will know. Except all of you. oops…
- I will probably always have my glass of wine with dinner but, beyond that, I’m going to try drinking herbal tea in the evenings. Tea also tastes better than water and actually has health benefits.
- I’m at a loss for how to tackle the exercise issue. Any thoughts? Leave them in the comments.
Do you relate to any of these mistakes? What do you struggle with when time is short? Have you made any positive changes recently to boost your health?