Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Physical Health and Wellness

Americans are obese.  As much as we might like to think otherwise we are a culture of fast food and sedentary lifestyles.  I am no exception.  I have struggled my whole life to be healthy.  I am not the person who wakes up craving fruits and vegetables.  I wish I was.  I crave sugar and bagels and coffee from Starbucks.

I realize though that, as a parent, it is my job to set a good example for my children.  The only way they are going to grow up eating healthy and living healthy lifestyles is if I set that example for them, if we make exercise and healthy eating a part of our daily lives.

You don't have to go out and run a marathon tomorrow.  You can start small.  Prior to this pregnancy I had gotten into a good routine of attending Stroller Strides 2 days per week and going to the gym 3 days per week.  I was proud of myself!  I felt good working out and although my eating habits still needed a lot of work I felt I was taking the right steps towards a healthier me.  Since I can't work out right now I find that I actually miss it.  I'm looking forward to working out again after this baby is born.

Food is a much more challenging issue for me.  I love to eat!  I am focusing now on adding fruits and vegetables into our daily lives.  I don't think you need to restrict yourself or cut out carbs or only eat meats or whatever other fad diets people go on.  I think diet is a bad word.  I think you have to learn to eat real foods and cut out processed foods.

Does my daughter know what a McDonald's Happy Meal is?  Unfortunately yes.  Does she ask for them?  No.  I used to never eat fast food and I am hoping to get to that point again.  I want to eat real food.

Let's take this challenge together.  Share in the comments section either here or on Facebook what your health goals are.  Let's get healthy together!

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