Tuesday, June 30, 2009

What is Health in My Head


I am always trying to find ways to be healthy. I try not to be unrealistic. So today I decided to write down some of "my" healthy ways to teach my kids.

1. Prayer is like food—it is as essential to health. “Give us this day our daily bread.”

2. I accept myself and my body exactly as I am today. This means that I will not beat myself up, scold myself, or hold guilt for missteps in diet or exercise, or about so-called undesirable physical attributes.

3. Healthful diet and exercise is necessary everyday, but should I fall down in these areas, I will pick my self up again tomorrow.
- Sub-rule: Follow the 80/20% rule: You only have to make good choices 80% of the time.

4. Everything in moderation – It does no good to over or under indulge in food or exercise. You need food/fat/carbs/protein/etc., but do not over do it. You need exercise but don’t over do it, because what good does it do you to tear an ACL.

5. You should feel hungry at least three times a day, but never thirsty. This means drink plenty of water and, hunger is a part of life. If you never feel it, then you may be eating too much; plus it is good for the soul to be temperate and control one's appetites. The food will taste that much better when you've waited until the appropriate time.

6. You should see plant life on every plate you eat.

7. Observe feasts with joy – Neither under nor over celebrate.

8. Food ought be made and processed in the home and not in factories—eat as little of processed food as possible.

9. Listen to your body—If there is something amiss with your health and it does not seem to be getting better, see a doctor.

10. Try to get at least ten minutes of sunshine each day—Take a walk and get your daily dose of vitamin D. You’ll feel better.
And Alexander, jelly beans are not a meal. I am still trying to convince him of this one.

2 comments:

Michelle M. said...

Great list!

My kids feel the same way about candy :)

Anne said...

jelly beans! haha :) or how 'bout milk? is that still a meal option for him?

this is a great list and I need to take a few of your items to heart (like, for instance, #2?)

You are a very wise woman :)
miss you.