Back to Basics

back to basics

I ate a lot of cookies yesterday. Like…a lot. Plus some stuff that my Mom makes called “monkey candy” and I’m not even going to tell you what’s in it. Plus I made some homemade ice cream as a treat for Christmas…and I had a tub spoonful of that too. I did NOT feel well.

Time to get back to basics.

Fibre.

You don’t have to eat spoonfuls of bran to get fibre. In fact, the best sources are fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Eat something green and something orange every day. Instead of taking things out of your diet, try adding things IN…but add in the good stuff.

Probiotics.

Eating yogurt is a great way to get probiotics, but consider food sources as well. Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir, or miso soup are excellent (and delicious) sources of probiotics. More probiotics certainly won’t hurt you, and they will strengthen your immune system to ward off those nasty colds this season.

Water.

Drink more. Start your day with a huge glass and every time you pee, drink another one. A vicious healthy cycle. Place an ugly cup in the bathroom that you can’t help but notice so you’ll be reminded to drink more water.

Vitamin D

In Canada, we just don’t get enough vitamin D in the winter. Taking a supplement is crucial, until about May.

Fish Oil

Fish oil or eating more fish is a great way to increase your levels of omega-3 fatty acids. There are many options these days so you don’t have to be afraid of the “fishy burp”. These essential fatty acids have multiple benefits that will help your overall health. Look for good quality fish oil from the smaller fish such as sardines and krill. They will contain less mercury.

Exercise.

Get moving. Whether you’re just walking your dog daily or getting back to the gym, moving every day is going to make you feel better. Sometimes this one is hard in the winter. Don’t feel you have to go to the gym for an hour every morning (although, if you do-YOU’RE MY HERO), but make sure you’re moving!

Realistic goals.

Don’t think you’re going to be a wrestling superstar in a month. Take your time, ease into it and set a realistic goal. 1-2 pounds of weight loss a week or increasing your distance 10% per week. Don’t hurt yourself. If you need something to work towards, now is the time to sign up for a race! Or triathlon, or bikini contest, whatever you need to motivate you! Get to it…and I will too. Promise! Not the bikini contest…but the moving!

Ahhh. I feel better already.

Hope everyone is enjoying their holidays. Stay healthy and remember-it’s all about balance.