Nearly ten months ago, the very first “B.E. Healthy” column appeared in the April 2016 issue of Forsyth Woman. It is so exciting for me to share a tidbit of information with our readers each month. I have a passion for living a healthy lifestyle and sharing that with others makes my heart happy. If you’ve read this column more than once or twice, you’ll know that B.E. Healthy is NOT all about physical health. It’s about a journey to a healthy lifestyle. This includes physical health, of course, but perhaps even more importantly, it incorporates mental and emotional health. I’d like to do a re-cap of the past nine months. The idea behind this column is for readers to try out the tip / idea for 30 days and see how they feel. Have you incorporated any or all of these into your life? If so, I hope that you’ll continue to do so. No one can totally change the way she lives in a month, but by taking small steps and creating new habits (even for one a month), you can make significant changes to your life.
If you missed out on reading any of these, you could always read them on our website—ForsythWoman.com. I’ve listed the month beside each tip, so you’ll know which issue to reference.
#1 – Water. (April 2016) I could go on for days about the importance of drinking water. I recommend drinking half your body weight in ounces each day. For example, a 150-pound person should aim to drink 75 ounces of water per day. Do your best to skip out on soda, tea and other calorie-laden beverages.
#2 – Sleep. (May 2016) If you are like me, you may get a bit grumpy if you don’t get an adequate amount of sleep. Beyond that, though, it can wreak havoc on your immune system! Aim to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day (yes, even weekends) to ensure your body is on an optimal sleep schedule.
#3 – Morning ME Time. (June 2016) Ahh, my favorite time of day! Even if you aren’t a morning person, I encourage you to start your day off with meditation and relaxation. Rushing around, lots of TV and/or social media use first thing in the morning isn’t an ideal way to start your day.
#4 – Going Out to Eat. (July 2016) We know eating at home is generally healthier, but eating at home for every single meal is unrealistic. Avoid the bread (or chip) basket, drink water (or wine), and order a salad or protein entrée with double veggies. Most importantly, don’t stress about what you already ate. Enjoy your night out and strive to make a better decision next time.
#5 – De-Clutter Your Life. (August 2016) Have you ever gotten sick from being stressed? I have! A cluttered home makes it challenging to be stress-free. I include several tips in the full article, but most importantly, make it a point to throw away a few things every. Single. Day. Food that has gone bad, junk mail, paperwork that is no longer needed, etc.
#6 – Love How You Move. (September 2016) Exercise is undoubtedly a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. Find a form of exercise that you LOVE and look forward to. An exercise you dread is one that I guarantee you won’t stick with. Think outside the box—the full article lists several “ways to move” that you may enjoy.
#7 – 11 Foods You Can Always Find in My Fridge. (October 2016) Keep fresh fruits and veggies in your fridge. I like to use Lowes Foods pick and prep so that they are already cut up and ready to eat.
#8 – Gratitude Journaling. (November 2016) Consistently writing down three things you are grateful for each day (different things each day) will have a huge impact on your life. I guarantee it. The inspiration for this article came from reading The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. A fabulous read that I would highly recommend.
#9 – Wine. (December 2016) Last, but most certainly not least, I wrote about my relationship with wine. If you know me, you know I love my nightly (rather large) glass of wine. It may seem excessive to have a glass of wine most every night, but I rarely (if ever) overindulge because of this practice with wine. I savor every sip and am satisfied with 1-2 glasses.
Remember – take small steps and you can create new habits and make significant changes to your life!