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I have been on an official diet now for an entire month. Diets are no fun for anyone, but there have been a few surprising upsides to life on a diet. I’ve opted for a diet that involves a lifestyle change…no fad diets for me. I’ve been implementing more fruits and vegetables, a bunch of specific vitamins suitable for (ahem) “aging” women in their mid-thirties, an exercise routine, and recently natural probiotics, too. With Spring just around the corner (as in, I can see it! It will be here in just. a few. days!) and two super active kids, I need myself – and my whole family – to be healthy.
The last few months have been tough, health-wise. Respiratory infections, Bronchitis, severe allergies…we haven’t had much of a break. If I am honest with myself, though, I know that I am the one who has been sick the most often – and that I am the one who has taken the worst care of herself in this family. So basically? I’ve done it to myself.
Here are five little things that we’ve started doing – that anyone can do – to get our health on track in time for a beautiful Texas Spring!
1. Drink more water. This seems so obvious, but it makes such a huge difference in my life! I’ve cut way back on the juice the kids get and started making them drink more water, too. No juice for dinner, and water in their sippy cups when we are out and about. At first they didn’t like it (“I want juice! Why can’t we have juice?”), but now they’ve accepted it – and we are all healthier for it!
2. Eat more fruit. Another lifestyle change we’ve made is to drastically increase our fruits and veggies. I’d be lying if I said the kids loaded up on veggies everyday, but they do love fruit. I’ve been trying to replace normal snack foods – like crackers or pre-packaged cups of fruit (which are all fine and have their place!) – with fresh fruit. Yesterday, both kids asked for an apple as a snack. It made me happy. And I had one, too.
3. Add probiotics to your diet. A year ago, when my kids were getting sick all the time, their pediatrician recommended putting the whole family on probiotics. I put the kids on the recommended natural probiotics right away, but I slacked off when it came to myself. A few months ago, though, I started a serious vitamin regiment for myself. And finally – after a year of knowing I “should” be taking probiotics – I added them to my diet.
I found Insync Probiotic, a dietary supplement (not a drug), at Costco (woohoo! You know I love me some Costco). It was super easy to find, right next to the pharmacy.
The word “probiotic” refers to live bacteria in foods or supplements that can help promote digestive health. My doctor recommended natural probiotics for myself the last time I was on antibiotics, as antibiotics can wreak havoc on the digestive system. Our digestive systems naturally host over 400 bacterial species (good bacteria!). As we get older (cough cough, ME) or experience stress or poor diets, these bacteria – especially one known as bifidobacteria – can decrease. I’m currently on day four of probiotics..
Probiotics can help reset this balance and make our digestive systems happier again!
4. Play at the park. A park is a great place for the kids to burn some energy, and I’ve found that it makes ME feel better, too! Even if I am just sitting on a bench watching them play, the fresh air is amazing for the soul. We are lucky that we can walk to the park, which means I get some exercise whether I like it or not. I might not be burning a ton of calories, but I’ll take an extra few calories burned wherever I can get them. BONUS for letting the kids burn some energy, too.
5. Play with your dog. Having a dog has been a huge boost to our activity levels. You don’t need to go for a long walk (although, those are great too), and you don’t need to invest a bunch of time. Just a few minutes of playing fetch will get your heartrate up (at least, if you play with my dog, it will) and make for a happier dog. And this is something the whole family can do! And the best part is, you don’t even need a dog. Your local shelter is probably desperate for volunteers to walk and play with their adoptable dogs.
There are all kinds of easy ways to improve the health of yourself and your entire family. I don’t want to spend this Spring sick – and I’m doing everything I can to prevent it. A healthy diet, exercise wherever and whenever I can fit it in, and a little help from vitamins and Insync Probiotic are the first steps I’m taking to a healthier lifestyle.
What about you? What are you doing to stay healthy this Spring?