Because I believe diet and exercise are so important, I'm
often frustrated with the recommendations I receive. Nutrition and
natural health ideas are often so negative (don't eat this, watch out
for that) or so rigorous (be sure to eat some raw, natural, organically
grown vegetable I've never heard of) or so complicated, I end up
ignoring them. And yet, I know diet is critical to my health and
well-being, so I made up my own rules.
My objective was simplicity, so
all of you with greater will-power and more discipline, cut me some
slack, OK? For the rest of us, I hope you find them useful.
I used to eat until I was full, and then snack as
a hobby. And, sometimes I still do. But, more and more, I decide when
I've eaten enough, leave room for a treat later, and simply choose to
eat a little less. I think it helps.
water. I used to try to drink 8 glasses a day,
but I usually ended up either losing count...or just going to the
bathroom a lot. Now, on my way to the table I stop by the sink and grab
a glass of water. I figure that's more water than most people drink, it
probably helps me eat less (see Rule #1), and sometimes it reminds me
to drink even more. Close enough.
fruit. Benjamin Franklin said, "An apple a day
keeps the doctor away." I just know apples, a banana, some grapes or
something "exotic" like a mango or a kiwi tastes good, and it's the
fastest, most portable and convenient food I've found. A handful of
those little baby carrots beats a sandwich by a good 90 seconds!
vegetables. Yeah, still listening to my mother.
But on the positive side, they're so easy! No sauces, no mixing or
blending or nothing! Raw, steamed or microwaved, they're great for
adding color to a meal (greens, yellows, and beans in all sorts of
colors). I know fresh and organically grown is best, and sometimes I
buy them that way....
rice and baked potatoes. I score points with my
doctor, my "significant other" and again, it's about the easiest
cooking I've figured out.
you feel like it. I used to follow a routine
that recommended stretching and yoga
for about 30 minutes every
morning. Wonderful stuff! Very healthy. And someday I'm going to give
it another try! For now, every morning, and several times during the
day, I stand up and try to reach the ceiling. I bend, twist, shake my
shoulders, breath deep, whatever seems to feel good at the moment. Then
I get back to work.
exercise and elevators. OK, I believe jogging and
sweating and lifting weights are good for me. And I do some of it. But
I also find it useful to walk around the block to get the mail (the box
is across the street) or take the stairs instead of the elevator. I
walk the dog, push the lawnmower and play tennis and golf with my
friends. That way I figure I'm exercising and leaving the gyms open for
the rest of you.
Spend time with friends.
Talking, sharing dreams, giving
and receiving support, solving life's great mysteries and debating
politics or religion with a friend does wonders for the soul. And, hugs
are good. And if you have a life-partner, I find talking regularly
seems to avoid a number of other problems, as well!
day. Tell a joke, wrestle with your dog or play
with the kids next door, but have some fun! Life's short.
dessert! At the end of the day, I really like
something special to top it all off. So, I plan for a bite of chocolate
or a cup of low-fat pudding or yogurt or a handful of fresh grapes. It
sure seems to beat restlessly searching the cupboards and refrigerator
for "something" and ending up with a big bowl of ice cream!
Finally, a few words of experience. It's OK to "slip" once in
a while. At least it better be OK...I seem to do it periodically. Just
get up again tomorrow, make the rules simpler, more fun or more
appropriate for your situation and get right back on! I don't think the
objective is perfection -- there's no point in having a heart attack
getting all stressed out about the rules! Just go have some fun!
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