It stopped me in my tracks… For the first time in probably 15 years I took an antibiotic to cure a sinus infection. This may seem like no big deal, but let me tell you, it was an awakening to start taking care of my body and my health.
For the most part, I have always been a healthy and fit person. I exercised and ate whole foods before “whole foods” became the in thing. I live on a farm where we grow our own food, exercise is just doing daily chores, and you can’t beat the clean country air. So why did I get so sick? Simple, I forgot to take care of ME.
Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in our daily routines and our lives are so hectic that we forget about the insides of our bodies…and that was me. I was so determined to keep going even when my body was telling me to rest and feed it better. So determined, that after an 8 hour work shift, I found myself in the local emergency medical clinic, on a Saturday night, in severe pain from a sinus infection. After a nice little pep-talk from the doctor, I went home and pondered how I needed to change some little things in my daily routine. It was time to make some small changes that would impact my health in a big way.
I’m not talking radical, here. I’m not at the gym 24/7 and I have not turned into a vegetarian or vegan (Though I do not have a problem with any of those practices. To each his own.) I’m talking about making a conscious effort to think of me and my insides.
Here are some of the things that I have purposed to make a habit of doing…
~ Drink more water (especially first thing in the morning, before my cup of coffee)
~ Eat organic yogurt (yogurt is great for your metabolism and is a great pro-biotic)
~ SLEEP (yes, getting a good, full nights sleep is a must. Good for mind, body and soul)
~ Eat more fruits and vegetables (an obvious one)
~ Vitamins (extra C and D, among others, are a necessity for me…especially in the Winter)
~ Take a walk (a nice brisk walk in the fresh air. BTW, I have no desire to run a marathon; just the thought of that makes me tired)
It has been about 3 weeks since I have stuck to these simple lifestyle changes and I must say, I look and feel better. Better than I have in a very long time.
It’s true what they say, “beauty comes from the inside, out.” Not only from a kind heart, but a healthy heart…liver, kidneys, brain….. Well you get my point.
What are some easy things you can change or add to keep your body healthy?
*please check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet and exercise.