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5 Ways to Live Healthier
Posted By Jessica Fisher On June 24, 2013 @ 12:28 pm In Health and Safety,Joyful Womanhood | 10 Comments
Here are five simple ways to live a healthier lifestyle.
One of my goals this summer  is to continue down the road toward living a healthier lifestyle. I realize that there is a vast array of opinions on what that looks like. In my 41 years of life on this planet, the public understanding has changed like the wind.
I still remember the 3-2-4-4 nutrition mantra from elementary school. A square meal consisted of 3 servings of dairy, 2 servings of meat, 4 servings each of breads/grains and fruits/vegetables. Since then there have been too many food trends to count, many of which contradict each other.
How can we know which way to go when it comes to healthier living?
My gut as well as a little research tell me that these five ways will go far to help you live a healthier lifestyle.
While you can die from drinking too much water, few of us are at risk of that happening. Most of us with our coffee and pop-drinking habits are walking around on the verge of dehydrating ourselves. However, staying adequately hydrated can help us stave off fatigue, headaches, constipation, and a variety of other ailments. The general rule of thumb is to shoot for 8 glasses a day, though the Mayo clinic recommends more .
Need some help to make water more of a regular thing?
I’ve done a lot of food reading over the years. I’ve received lots of handouts from doctors on the “ideal diet”. I’ve chatted with lots of “crunchy” friends. None of them completely agree with one another, but no one can argue with the idea that we should eat more veggies.
There are so many ways to prepare them, and so many tasty renditions, that we shouldn’t really get bored of vegetables. Fresh, in-season, and local are typically better in flavor, price, and quality. Frozen is a great, economical second. Organic is ideal, but the availability of affordable organics varies by region.
Do the best you can with the budget you have, just increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. The more real food you buy as opposed to processed, manufacturer “food products”, the better you’ll be.
Yes, it is funny that I’m saying this. What’s even funnier is that I’ve worked out, truly worked out, like an hour a day, 12 times in the last 2 weeks! Holy smokes!
Even my husband is stunned. This is not the woman he married. But, he is thrilled because he knows how much pain I’ve had in my back, and he wants me to feel better. We both know that I’ll be healthier if I put in some time.
Exercise is one of the habits I regret not having cultivated  earlier. I want to be a better example for my kids  than I have been. For the last few years, I’ve been doing the bare minimum (if we can call it that), just flirting with exercise. Now, I’m committing to a regular regime.
So, how do you work it in?
Years of night waking with babies had me conditioned to function on five or six hours of sleep. Function, yes. Thrive, no. Eventually, those late nights and early mornings caught up with me. I realized that burning the candle at both ends was having a negative impact on my health. I needed to get more sleep .
Over time, I’ve switched my bedtime from 1 or 2 am to 9:30 or 10. This was huge. I used to set the alarm to wake me in the wee hours. Now, I let the birds and my body’s clock wake me at around 6ish, sometimes 7. Last summer when I was really in need of restoring rest to my body, I took a daily cat nap  which was amazingly energizing. Better than coffee. Seriously.
Find out what your body’s rhythm is and go with it. Don’t tell me you can’t nap. Just try it for a month and see if your body adjusts. Don’t tell me you can’t get to bed earlier. Life will go on if you don’t watch that show tonight. Really. This is especially important if you’re getting up with a baby at night.
Making sleep a priority can have a huge impact on your health and well-being.
Since I had six babies in eleven years, I spent a lot of those years in doctor’s offices. Once I had my last post-partum visit, it was easy to just overlook going to the doctor. Two years ago I went for my first real physical. I even had a mammogram.
I don’t love my doctor. He’s a little too quick with the prescription forms. But, I do appreciate getting a yearly check-up. They run some blood work, check my moles, and generally make sure the basics are up and running.
If you’ve got insurance, then go ahead and make that appointment today. If medical expenses are tricky right now, find out what’s available in your area. Often there are free or low-cost clinics that provide help.
In many cases, underlying medical conditions can be treated and cured if detected early, so it’s in your best interest — and that of your family — that you try to get a physical on a yearly basis.
I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. I’m a mom who wants to live a quality life that allows me to move about freely. I want to live to see my grandkids. While getting healthier doesn’t guarantee that, it sure does increase my odds.
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 Mayo clinic recommends more: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283
 Set up a row of drinking glasses: http://simplemom.net/3-busy-mom-strategies-for-staying-hydrated/
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 Make the Most of Summer Produce: http://lifeasmom.com/2012/07/make-the-most-of-summer-produce-ultimate-recipe-swap.html
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 How to Use Your Produce Box: http://lifeasmom.com/2013/06/how-to-use-your-produce-box.html
 8 Great Ways to Get 8 a Day: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/02/8-great-ways-to-get-8-day.html
 Consider a Whole 30: http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/03/what-i-learned-from-the-whole-30/
 one of the habits I regret not having cultivated: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/04/if-i-were-25-again.html
 be a better example for my kids: http://lifeasmom.com/2013/01/transform-your-family-life-with-family-fitness.html
 Happy Housewife’s series on getting fit: http://thehappyhousewife.com/real-life/fit-for-good/
 get more sleep: http://lifeasmom.com/2012/10/get-more-sleep.html
 took a daily cat nap: http://lifeasmom.com/2012/10/take-a-nap.html
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