Day 14: 3 Healthy Habits

DenaNovember 14, 2013


This post is meant to be as much of a kick-in-the-pants to myself as it is to be helpful to anyone else. While I know that these are important, healthy habits — fact is that I’ve done a terrible job of maintaining them recently. I am definitely working on it.

1. Meditation. You don’t have to call it meditation. You can call it prayer, silence, yoga, running — whatever works for you. The important thing is that you spend time each day with your mind shut off. Our minds are runaway trains, always thinking, planning, worrying, and wanting. It is critical to take time, to shut off, to just be. This time is necessary for the soul. Without balance in the soul there can be no harmony in the body. I know that this sounds terribly “New Age-y” but take it from someone who spent the first half of her life physically unhealthy and severely anxious.

2. Avoid toxins. Think carefully about everything that you put into and onto your body. From food to drink to soap to lotion to makeup and so on. Your body is a sponge. The vast majority of foods and beauty products on the market today are full of toxic chemicals. Do not trust that the government or the manufacturers are going to keep you safe because the opposite actually happens. If you do not recognize an ingredient in something that you eat or use, research it. Or better yet, don’t buy or use anything that has crap in it that you do not understand. Choose food and products that contain recognizable, natural ingredients.

3. Be active. This is definitely the hardest one on the list for me right now. Taking care of a (really heavy/strong!) six-month-old and trying to run a household (cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, etc.) is a lot of work. It sometimes feels like I never get to sit down. When I finally have some downtime (hahaha…) the last thing that I want to do is workout.

Depending on where you’re at in your life there are different ways to go about this. There was a time when the gym was my sanctuary. I was a total gym rat. I loved it & I had the body to show for it. Now… not so much. There is no way that you are going to find me at the gym five days a week and in spin class three days a week. Ain’t happening. However, I know that I have to be more active. Maybe it will mean going to the gym once or twice a week. Maybe it will mean twenty minutes of yoga on my living room floor every day. I am still working to find this particular balance in my new role as mama. We just wrapped up our 6-week Mommy & Me Fitness Class. That was awesome but with the cold weather setting in, it’s time to find an alternative. More to come on this one.

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Writing about my favourite foods was so much easier than this! 😉 If you are participating in my blogging challenge, please leave a link below in the comments so that we can all check it out! Also, you can click here to read all of the posts in this series. xo

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Comments (4)

  • farzana

    November 15, 2013 at 4:10 am

    I am also trying to do more yoga, 5 minutes is not enough, but I am trying hard to stay fit! Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe the organic stuff, so I am in the process of being self-dependent at least the fruits & vegetables for now on.
    I also admire you for trying, being a new mom is awesome but also very hard. If you have the passion for health eventually you will win!

  • farzana

    November 15, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Hey! check out my 30 day blog challenge with Dena. Sorry not leave any links. Just click my name, it will take you to my blog.

  • Suzy

    November 15, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Ha ha, you should hear the conversations I have in my head when running…part of me hates it and thinks about quitting with each step, but I know it’s so important to be active and just to something by myself and also for Rob to get alone time with Sam.

    But if we don’t stay active, we’ll just be angry at ourselves! We gotta stay happy and sane for our kids: )

  • Scott

    November 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    I think 3 healthy habits for me are: Eating right, exercising, and not drinking alcohol. All 3 play a role for a healthy life 🙂

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