Monthly Archives: June 2011

When The ‘Healthy Living’ Train Goes Off The Track

I’ve readily admitted my tendency to skip a workout or chuck my diet every now and then—I’ve never professed to be perfect. As a matter of fact, as I type this entry, I am quietly debating whether or not I want to engage in yoga now or hold off on doing anything at all until tomorrow. What can I say, it’s been a long day.

My philosophy on exercise continues to be one of utter simplicity: Do 60 or more minutes each day and try to stay as close to 1,700 good calories as possible (lots of whole grains, plenty of water, and little to no sugar or processed foods). I don’t eat as much meat as I used to, and I try extremely hard to get 6-8 hours of sleep each night—although I fail at that more often than not. 

That said, I have days where chocolate seems a better stand in for breakfast than steel cut oatmeal, and Twinkies can take the place of tofu on a day where I simply don’t feel like making dinner for myself. Those days don’t happen often, but I am guilty of living through a few of them and I try not to beat myself up about them too much.

The truth is, I’m a mother, a wife, and a fairly self-involved individual where my body is concerned. I love looking phenomenal for my husband and waking up with the knowledge that on most days my jeans fit better than that of most women my age. If that sounds utterly superficial and vain, I make no apologies because I work pretty hard to be able to say so. 

It won’t be easy to stick to the plan everyday, but the important thing is that you stick to it. Don’t give up on yourself or your health because, in the end, a healthy lifestyle is a commitment that deserves more than 30-days of your utmost attention and then complete abandonment.

Hmmm…think I will do that yoga now.


Should I Buy A Juicer or Not?

While reading my most recent issue of “Natural Health” magazine, I ran across an article extolling the numerous health benefits of ‘juicing’—making juice from fruits and vegetables. It was something that intrigued me almost immediately, but I wasn’t sure I had the time, money, or wherewithal to do it without slowing down the flow of my already busy life.

That said, it’s difficult to overlook the many advantages one can derive by simply juicing it up: improved cardiovascular and heart health, detoxification of the liver, healthier skin, nails, and hair, as well as increased energy levels. You can find out more of it’s benefits here, but that was enough to get me seriously thinking about buying a juicer this week!

Of course the most pressing question for anyone who might be a little pessimistic about introducing such a change to their lifestyle has to be 1) who wants to drink their vegetables, and 2) why not just buy a readily available item like V-8 and spare yourself the money and the trouble?

As much as I can get on board with the thought process behind either one of those questions, I can also understand the premise behind making your own juices versus buying them ready-made. For one, the problem with store-bought vegetable drinks is they have far too much sodium, and the nutrients which remain in them—after manufacturers have done all they can to preserve their shelf life—is not nearly enough to satisfy the essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need to get the most out of drinking them in the first place.

Even more, those who are avid juicers will tell you that it’s better to concoct your drinks from organic fruits and vegetables, as their skins of the are key to getting the most bang for your buck. You simply cannot do that with non-organic fruits and veggies because of the numerous chemicals and pesticides used to grow them.

The verdict is still out on whether or not I will actually start juicing in the near future, but I am definitely considering giving it a whirl just to see the difference it can make in my overall lifestyle.

Charity Spotlight: FashionABLE Looks To Make A Stylish Difference

fashionABLE is a non-profit organization focused on helping Ethiopian women rebuild their lives through offering them the opportunity to maintain a sustainable business creating beautiful scarves. The scarves are handmade and available for purchase now through the fashionABLE website.

Below is a video giving more insight into the mission of fashionABLE, and you can click here to both see the scarves as well as read more about the women their cause is helping.