It’s hard for me to believe that I recently turned 48. Ouch! But one thing I’m trying to do is stay healthy. It’s not about being skinny, it’s about feeling my best. So today I thought we’d talk about healthy living in our 40’s and beyond.
The reason I thought we’d talk about our health is because of a picture I saw of myself in 2012. First, what the heck was I thinking with that pose! Let’s have a good laugh and move on.
I noticed I was heavier in 2012. (This is also a perfect picture showing why crop pants are not attractive.) It was right after this, that I really started to make changes in my lifestyle. I realized eating M&M’s for breakfast was starting to wear on me. Anybody with me?
My hormones were out of whack. I was tired all the time and my clothes were feeling a little snug.
I slowly started making changes to my eating habits. I started looking at what I was putting in my body and it’s been an eye opening two years.
Here’s a few things I’ve done over the last two years.
1. I started clean eating. When I first started I jumped and I went a little crazy with it. I still like to “clean eat” as much as possible but I don’t always. I give myself some grace. I try to eat organic as much as possible. I eat healthier snacks and I’ve cut back on sugar. I haven’t eliminated it but I don’t eat M&M’s for breakfast.
2. I cut diet coke out completely. I loved my diet coke but I knew it wasn’t good for me. I will drink a coke every once in a while (popcorn and a coke at the movie theatre is a must for me.) I don’t ever use artificial sweeteners.
3. I got serious about exercising regularly. I’m not a hard core exerciser. I do it because I know it’s good for me but after looking at the 2012 picture, I think the exercise has helped and I definitely feel better when I do it.
4. I use essential oils. I know there’s a ton of hype about essential oils on the internet right now (it’s because they’re wonderful!) but I started using them before all the hype. They’ve been a huge help with my hormones. I didn’t want to start taking estrogen and thanks to my essential oils, I don’t have to. I use them everyday!
(Using essential oils does not mean I don’t go to the doctor. I go for all my check ups, pap smear, blood work, mammogram etc.)
These are some of my tips for feeling healthier, have you done anything that has helped you feel and look better?
Beauty For the Heart~~So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Have a blessed day!
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