Wellness and self-care, these two things have been at the front of my mind this year. I mentioned in this life-update post that I had a little revelation of how truly important it is to take care of yourself. It’s humbling, reaching a low point and realizing that you’re not able to properly care for the others around you because you’re neglecting to care for yourself first. I have been thinking on how to update you on how I am doing and wanted to do so in a way that’s useful to you. Jordan laughed at me the other day when I said, “back in January”. Because, it feels so long ago, but It’s only been a couple weeks and so much has changed for the better.
I’ve talked about self-care before, I’m not the best at it in general, but wanted to specifically talk about the harder parts of caring for yourself. You know, the ones that take a lot of self-discipline.
It’s a work in progress for me and I certainly don’t have this figured out, but I’ve done some thinking of my personal motives. What am I doing instead? Why don’t I do things that are good for me? I hope that by being transparent with you all, I can be a little more self-aware of my own wellness needs (I’m an external processor) and also encourage you in the process.
In today’s post, we are going to be focusing on one area of my wellness plan, nutrition.
I want to say first, before we jump into this, that you are worth it. I’m saying it to myself as well. You are worth the time and effort. It kind of feels a little stupid saying that about food, but I know for many of us this is a hard struggle. So, let’s tackle eating healthier together. I’ll go first and share some of my observations, pitfalls, and plan for change.
I’m one of those weird people who likes vegetables, I’ve been a vegetarian since age 12. For me, bigger meals aren’t always the problem. But, I love all the snacks and sweets and everything else that’s unhealthy. I’m also a sucker for convenience, who isn’t? The easiest option, which is often the most unhealthy is unfortunately, my go-to.
And notice my goal is healthier eating. My goal is to make changes that are doable and will hopefully lead to better, sustainable habits.
Why it’s important:
Eating healthy may just be the thing to solve some of those health problems, help you to function better, and give you a better mood.
Why it’s hard:
Along with the theme, it takes time. Healthy things just don’t always taste better. Sometimes (always) I want chocolate.
What bad habits to cut out:
mindless snacking, fast food, on-the-go snacks
How to get started:
Find healthy choices to replace your favorite unhealthy choices. Prepare ahead and bring snacks while on-the-go to avoid fast food stops. When at home, take the time to sit and eat until satisfied.
I have been loving VitaTops, that still have the convenience factor, still are ridiculously yummy, and are filled with the vitamins I need. Anyone else low on Vitamin D these days? My doctor recommended I add in more Vitamin D and Iron after reading my labs. These are much easier than taking all sorts of supplements on top of a multi-vitamin. I stumbled upon them in the frozen section actually, because they don’t contain any artificial preservatives. You can find them at stores like Target, Kroger, Publix, Stop & Shop, Shop-Rite. We heat ours up sometimes, but most often throw them in a bag and they’re dethawed by the time we want them. Here’s a coupon for a dollar off if you’re interested in trying them HERE.
I know these things are simple. I’ve noticed it’s often the little things that we don’t take notice of until they become a bigger problem. In just a few weeks of intentional snacking, preparing on-the-go healthy snacks like VitaTops, clementines, and carrots, I’ve noticed that it’s become easier. I’ve actually lost a couple pounds just by not grabbing the first carb loaded snack from the pantry when hungry. Or, stopping to grab a snack at a fast food place when our errands run long.
Although watch out for Ruby, she will take them for herself. On our walk, which is another thing that I’m working on, she ate almost an entire one of these MuffinTops.
But, good thing she likes to share. 🙂 Ruby’s a chocolate lover like her mama.
I’ll be sharing more about my actual health problems in the coming posts too. There are a lot of little things, so it starts to feel complain-y when I talk about it. In short, they think I have POTS syndrome, which explains a lot on top of my back pain and vitamin deficiencies. I know that the change in my health and mood has to do a lot with eating better. But, it’s also in combination of some other wellness changes that I’ll be sharing.
I’d love for you to join me in my wellness journey (I know that sounds a little cheesy and crunchy, don’t worry Jordan has already made fun of me) and work on some of these goals together. I’ll be sharing about the next hard thing, exercise, soon.