I have to admit…when January 1st opened up with a piping hot cup of coffee in my hands, still being sweetened with Peppermint Mocha creamer and a heaping tsp of Stevia, (letting go is so so hard to do!!), I thought two things: 1) about how much more improved my health had become in the past year, (hallelujah and thank you Jesus!!), and, 2) how it’s never too late to learn and apply more health tips.
So, here’s where I’ve learned in the past few days –
Fasting delivers extreme health benefits. More than I EVER knew!! Thomas Delauer explains in this 30 minute video the benefits of fasting specifically for women. He gets into the science of it, but he tells why to fast, how to enter into a fast, what to not eat coming out of a fast, and if intermittent fasting should or should not be a daily practice for women and why.
My new Daytimer / Planner for the year is the Emily Ley, Simplified Planner.
Now, you may be wondering what this planner has to do with improving health. I’ll step into that in just a second, but for now … the one I have is the Mint Tile. They are currently sold out of this particular one, but there are others and there is a waiting list, too. I used this planner last year and it really did seem to work for me, so if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?!?! I am using this planner for family appointments, meetings, bill pay, home projects, etc. But here’s why I’m injecting this planner into a “Improving Health” post — I use it to chart my health steps and improvements. Not over-the-top detailing or journaling about every little thing I eat, but to simply make notes of progress, goals, and the steps I’m taking to be healthy.
This is what I have found …
When you record your “D.H.O.’s” (Daily Health Opportunities) then you see healthy choices as just that – as healthy opportunities to feed and treat your body with intentional care. It’s always an opportunity when we select nutritious rich foods over junk food. It’s always an opportunity when we select a 30 minute workout video or take a long walk or get on the floor with some deep stretches and strength training, over not doing anything. Our daily health is literally filtered all the way down from “GOALS” to “Opportunities” with one mental shift –
No longer look at what you know is best for your health as goals, but instead look at what is best for your health as an opportunity to make good, wise, and deliberate choices. Click To Tweet
When an entire week goes by and there was thoughtful and intentional “charting of progress” recorded down in my planner, there is just something very motivating about that! I may have only recorded when I exercised or when I fasted, but that is showing me that health care IS in my daily and weekly radar. Now, I don’t write down every morsel of food or drink that I take in…no time for that, but I do pray before every meal and as I pray thanking Him first for the provision of the food, I slow down and ask Him to help me honor Him in what I eat and portion control.
I found this little magazine of sheer health-fantastic in the grocery store!! It’s absolutely packed full of the most reasonable, doable and sustainable advice for us girls who have stepped across ‘that’ line of no longer wearing short-shorts, but we sure ain’t giving up on trending-cute, either!
This magazine hits all the high points that women over 50 face, and as some of the articles even point out…some women now face many of these same issues in their late 30’s and 40’s now. If you can get your hands on this magazine, you will highlight nearly every page as I have!
This is one other magazine found right on the shelf in my local grocery store that gives loads of information, not only for weight lose, but for health care. I personally think it is so important that we give our health care focused thought and decision making. I may not have thought about health care all that much when I was a younger mother, but what I am seeing in the generation of young mothers now, is health care is so much of how they think and do in caring for their families and for themselves – they place care for optimal health of their children, husbands, and themselves, as a daily habit. Driving through McDonald’s to get a kids meal of chicken nuggets, to this new generation of parents, is just not a drive that ever happens. They just soon give them a 3″ sandwich from Subway (and that’s still pushing it for some parents), than any processed and fried foods.
So, if you can … pick up this magazine, too.
Take a hot bath with epson salt, and then put your feet up and with a tablet of paper and a pen, read through and jot down your own “D.H.O’s” for the year. What will be your Daily Health Opportunities in caring for your body. Because the cliche’ is true …
Ain't nobody going to take care of you, but you. So, what are you going to do to care for yourself? You are literally only a few decisions and intentional daily steps away to extremely improved health.Click To Tweet
So, here are 14 things I would LOVE to suggest we do together. You in?
- Every Saturday meal plan for the up-coming week – grocery shop if you can
- Every Monday – Friday execute the meal plan – stick to what you decided
- Every Monday – Friday do something to get your heart rate up and improve flexibility
- Every Monday – Friday make food choices that are super foods and limit sugar
- Every Monday – Friday eat on a salad plate, not a dinner plate
- Every Monday – Friday avoid as much gluten as you can even if you are not allergic
- Every Monday – Friday drink a minimum of 32 oz of water
- Every Monday – Friday be sure to clean the kitchen before going to bed
- Every Monday & Wednesday & Friday practice intermittent fasting
- Every Monday & Wednesday & Friday drink 4 oz of Apple Cider Vinegar
- Every Saturday deep clean refrigerator and meal plan again
- Every Saturday take the time to look back on your week to see what worked, what didn’t, what made you feel stronger, when did the brain fog seem to not be there, when did you feel most energized? Take time to look back, evaluate, make changes, and plan for more H.D.O’s for the up coming week.
- Every Day – take a whole food vitamin –** talk to your doctor about adding probiotics, additional iodine, zinc, or Vitamin D to your daily intact of supplements.
- Every Day – PRAY. I put this last because I wanted it to be the FOUNDATION to everything listed above it. We get to pray to the Maker of our bodies every day about how we are taking care of it, and so let’s always, always start there…pray and ask God to show you what’s best for you because as we move into 2020, we are at the beginning to a brand new year with all new opportunities ahead of us by Him! Here is everything above in a WORD Document –> Health Care Choices 2020 WORD
CLICK HERE for the next blog post because it is when I share the purpose for the other planner I am using for 2020!!
I love you dearly,