Monday, December 03, 2012
It's 2:20 AM and I am finally laying down to sleep, with an overactive mind. I start thinking about the entire day, wishing I had more time, promising I would get the rest of the list done tomorrow. That on top of my to-do list I already have. Fix the brakes, clean the house, look into colleges, et cetera. The usual to-do work. And then my thoughts lingered to waking early and brushing my teeth. Basic health stuff. Which leads to the real question" What are the habits that most people should do often to get and stay healthy? The common-sense stuff that we always hear, but too often don't hear. So, after a compilation of basic Google searches, I've made my own list, in no particular order.
1) Eat a medium-large wholesome breakfast. This is the meal that will last until midday. The meal that gets the most work done. That means it's critical to pack it with macro and micro nutrients (macro=carbs, fats, proteins and water / micro=vitamins and minerals). A serving of whole grains, a piece of fruit and a serving of lean protein is at least what is contained in an ideal breakfast.
2) At LEAST 8 hours of shut-eye. We all know you need to sleep, just do it. This doesn't mean if you need to leave home at 1 in the evening to go to bed at 4 AM so you have an hour for getting ready (go to bed at 4 AM plus 8 hours is noon, plus the hour to get ready = 1 PM). Be reasonable and don't stay up too late. Turn the lights off and go to bed by 10 PM.
3) Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. I'm not even making this up. Even the US government advocates at least that much per week. It's how much you need for BASIC health.
4) Brush your teeth, floss, and rinse. You wouldn't eat rotten food, would you? Why let food sit between your teeth for weeks at a time? It's disgusting, not to mention all the horrible health effects from it.
5) Smile, even when you're angry. Smiling naturally helps you feel better, even when you are forcing it. It lowers stress, and in turn, increases your immune functions.
6) Water, water, water. You need at least 8 glasses of water a day. It's the most important of all the nutrients you get. Make sure your pets have an adequate supply too!
7) Snack. Yes, that's right, snack. Most of us have great gaps between meals, and our body needs a constant supply of nutrients. Choose a healthy snack, such as a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts. I personally like a serving of baked chicken strips for my snacks.
8) Self-express. Life is hard, you need to release the tension somehow. Whether it's blogging, playing sports, reading, or even playing with your kid's toys when they're not looking. It's good for you.
9) Moderation. This is in any part of your life. That doesn't mean take twenty small portions of a buffet to stack a plate two feet high. It means to use common sense and choose some, but not all. Have one glass of wine, but not half the bottle.
10) Talk to people. Doesn't matter who it is, even your creepy uncle who you see once every five years. That connection is important.