Healthy Living Impossible? Not for you!

Healthy Living Impossible? Not for you!

Healthy living? Of course I''ll do it! Just as soon as I pay the bills, have the dog groomed, get the oil changed and put the kids to bed. Let’s face it, we all want to be healthy and live a long time, but how can we go about it without adding more complication to our lives? I find myself thinking about how to take care of myself without going crazy trying.

My journey to a healthy living has been slow and steady, and began when life threw us some curveballs that caused us to re-evaluate our health and what we were doing to stay well and strong.

About 7 years ago, after feeling utterly tired for months and losing much of my hair and other nutty symptoms, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, a disorder in which the thyroid, a major part of the metabolic system, does not work. At the time I thought I would just take a pill and everything would be all better. Then my children were diagnosed with food allergies. They each have different allergies, and one can eat what the other can’t, so we have to juggle our diets around here and try to make sure they get the nutrition they need within their own guidelines. Then my husband was diagnosed with high cholesterol, which appears to be hereditary.

All these combined to motivate me to find ways to help us all toward healthy living, not only in how we eat, but in how we keep our home and our pets, and what we do to make our lives better. What was a busy mom like me going to do to get us healthy without driving myself crazy with too much extra work and worry?

I’d like to share some discoveries and shortcuts I’ve made along the way, and encourage you to make steps to take charge of how you feel and what you do. Simplicity is the watchword here. Do something great for yourself, a bit at a time, with a positive attitude and next year you will be able to look back and see how much better you feel. I hate to break it to ya, but there are no magic bullets. Your body is wonderfully made. You didn’t get here overnight, you won’t wake up tomorrow a new person. My friend Ken tells me that we get overwhelmed when we want to do it all immediately. I too would like a magic potion to make it all better. I’d like to wake up tomorrow with a new body, a new mind, a new house even! But start small. Take baby steps. Life doesn’t have to be complicated. Let’s get together to give each other tips and encouragement to go on our health journeys.

Therefore, don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.

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