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02 & H20

Monday, September 07, 2009

So, Iíve been reading up on what our bodies need in preparation to begin shifting my diet in order to achieve optimal wellbeing via nutrition (see previous blog entry). Interestingly, the first two things on the list of our bodyís necessary nutrients have more often than not been oxygen and water. Though I initially breezed past these two list items to get to the ďrealĒ stuff (read: diet recommendations), it occurred to me at some point that they were actually there for a reason. And I figure, what place better to start than the beginning?

Turns out, oxygen (proper breathing techniques) and water (proper water intake) are incredibly important to wellbeing. These ďnutrientsĒ are essential to optimal wellbeing, not only providing support for all bodily functions, but also, and perhaps most importantly, improving your bodyís ability to eliminate internal toxic waste. And that is a BIG part of wellbeing.

Itís an interesting idea, and one that excites me. I know I breathe shallowly ó and I know I have (undiagnosed) sleep apnea. I also know I drink maybe two glasses of water a day. So, I wonder just how much improving my breathing and increasing my water intake will change my overall state of wellbeing ó without yet changing my diet. I intend to discover this. Iíll keep you posted.

In the meantime, here are some online resources for your further information:

O2
http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/well
ness_articles.asp?id=328
http://www.stop-anxiety-attack-symptoms.
com/breathing.html
http://www.ehow.com/how_2163290_understa
nd-benefits-proper-breathing.html

H2O
http://www.naturodoc.com/library/nutriti
on/water.htm
http://www.gotwater.net/
http://www.keidel.com/resource/wellness/
h20.htm

Also, I donít know if you guys know about the Sparkpeople website, but Iím considering logging on again. I used this web resource when I was sort of obsessed with diet and exercise (see my first blog entry) and I found it amazingly helpful. http://www.sparkpeople.com

  


Poor Diet Choices = Lack of Energy?

Monday, September 07, 2009

I am becoming acutely aware of how seriously I lack energy. Yesterday afternoon was the first time in quite a long time (a year, at least) that I actually felt really well rested and full of energy. This sudden burst of energy was the product of 12 hours of sleep plus a two hour nap. Today, after a normal 6-7 hours of sleep, Iím back to feeling drained and having very little stamina for normal activities.

Iíve historically attributed my lack of energy to recurring/chronic mononucleosis ó because that is what my doctor told me was at fault. Now, though, as I begin examining my diet and lifestyle choices closely, Iím starting to believe it is inevitably my diet and lifestyle choices that are causing my lack of energy.

Right now, itís just a theory. But I want proof. So here is my idea. I plan to research what things my body needs to exist most optimally ó vitamins, minerals, nutrients ó and where I can find those things. Then, Iíll keep track of my diet for a period of time and observe which of those things Iím actually getting in my present diet choices. This should give me a good base from which to begin shifting my diet and lifestyle choices in order to get me closer to optimal wellbeing.

Comments, questions, thoughts and ideas are welcome ó in the mean time, Iíll keep you posted. :D

  
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ASHEISAROCKSTAR 9/7/2009 2:20PM

    Thank you both so much for your insight and support! Support is exactly the reason I've returned to SparkPeople, and I appreciate it very much!!!

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SUNNY1432 9/7/2009 1:17PM

    I think that your thought is more than just a theory. I had a not so healthy weekend at the fair, you know eating all that "wonderful" greasy food, and yesterday and today I have felt less energetic and loving the idea of a nap. I usually feel pretty good and only needing a nap if my two crazy kids didn't let me sleep the night before.
Definitely track what you are eating and exercise. I love exercising if even only 10 minutes in the morning. It help wake me up and gives me energy to deal with the day. You can also find so good and healthy supplements that will help boost your energy and usually your metabolism, which is just an added bonus.
Keep us posted and good luck:) emoticon

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POETCHIK 9/7/2009 1:15PM

    Congrats on starting your wellness journey! I agree with you that diet choices has a direct effect on your energy levels. It sounds to me like you have a great plan in place to change your diet by observation then modification which is definitely better than just changing your diet without finding the source of your decreased energy. I'm looking forward to reading more about you and your goals and again much success in losing weight and getting healthier.

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My Daily Bread

Monday, September 07, 2009

I love food. I love to eat. I love to eat with people ó for me, food is love. Itís a way to bond with those I love, and, most especially, a way to care for them and express my love. With my eating habits steadily worsening over the last several years, and my presence in organic, natural and alternative healing circles increasing in the last year, Iíve come to realize that I donít much eat with people anymore. Not like I used to.

Iím embarrassed about my eating habits. I canít say that Iíve ever fully acknowledged that before, but Iím calling it out now. Iím embarrassed. I fear judgment and ridicule. I fear that people in my social and professional circles will think Iím a poser. Well, there it is.

But! Iíve decided, for the sake of the blog and the sake of my authenticity (which is such a huge part of my wellbeing!), Iím not going to hide anymore. Instead, Iím going to tweet, every time I eat something, and tell you all what Iím eating. For me, itís a bold way to embrace my authenticity. It definitely feels scary, but my authenticity is important to me. And Iím feeling brave these days. :D For you, I donít know. Maybe youíll get something out of it, maybe you wonít. Definitely let me know, though! :D

Right now, at the beginning of my journey, I really havenít yet changed any of my eating habits. My goals right now are to try to make healthier choices in the moment and, most importantly, not judge myself when I do not.

So, there you have it. You can find what Iím eating on Twitter Ė either follow me @ewellbeing or just look to the left of this blog, where youíll see my constantly updated Twitter feed.

Happy eating! :D

  


Think Organic is Too Expensive?

Monday, September 07, 2009

Thanks to @WholeFoodsCH for finding this blog: http://www.feedingblackmail.blogspot.com/

This blog post compares prices at Whole Foods to those at Food Lion using pics. You wonít believe your eyes!

I am one of those who would love love love to eat only organic, whole foods, but Iíve always felt they were too expensive, and so only buy them occasionally ó this is making me reconsider! :D

  
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*AMBER512 9/7/2009 12:34PM

    Some processed organic food may be the same price. But I can get organic bananas for 1.99 a pound or regular bananas for 49 cents a pound. Hmm...which one is cheaper.

The only organic food I'm worried about is produce (since I don't eat meat and I drink almond milk, not cow's) and it's EXPENSIVE! =)

Thanks for the link though, it was interesting.

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Quote!

Monday, September 07, 2009

Just stumbled upon one of my favorite quotes Ė I had forgotten about it, but I want to share it:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people wonít feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. Itís not just in some of us; itís in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

- Nelson Mandela or Marianne Williamson

  
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TRAIL75 9/7/2009 1:11PM

    That is a great quote.

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MARYMAC45 9/7/2009 12:29PM

    Wonderful, thank you for sharing!

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