Fewer Pills and More Vegetables

December 29, 2006

Fewer Pills and More Vegetables

Husband is off to the airport with his mother.  She has been here most of the week now and it’s kind of sad to see her go.  I’m lucky.  She is positive and upbeat and not the kind to criticize my housekeeping or parenting.  She genuinely enjoys just spending time with the grandchildren.  Her leaving kind of signals the ending of the holiday season.

And if the holidays are ending, well, we all know what that means.  It’s time for New Year’s Resolutions.  Blah.  I really don’t get into all of that, but after indulging in way too many cookies and way too much diet berries and cream Dr. Pepper for about two weeks now, I know I have some work to do health-wise.  I also got out of the habit of exercising over the summer, so I’ve had a few pounds creep back on and I’d like to get rid of those.

Loosing the pounds, however, isn’t about a number on the scale, it’s about feeling the best I can; and I’ve found that I tend to feel my best when I keep my weight around a certain range.  So I’m not way out of that range or anything, but if I don’t get myself back on track it won’t be long before I am.

So, the goals:  cut out all white flour, all processed/refined sugars, and all pop . . . uh soda, and exercise at least 5 days per week.

Anyone want to join me?

I’m a big believer that many of our medical problems can be prevented/controlled/treated by eating properly and getting adequate exercise.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for western medicine, but only to a point.  Fewer pills and more vegetables, I say.  I know this doesn’t always work, but I believe it works a lot more than most people are willing to believe.  I’ve gone through years of reading and experimenting to figure out the things I’ve figured out about diet (as a lifestyle, not as something you do until you lose those 15 pounds).  Here are two of the basics:

1.  Eat more live foods (fruits and veggies) than anything else.

2.  Everybody’s body is different.  What works for me and makes me feel better will not necessarily work for you, and vice versa.  What helps me shed a few pounds might not do a dang thing for you (though if you eat mostly live foods, I can pretty much promise you’ll see some changes).

OK, so if you have any weight-loss or health related goals whatsoever, let me make a recommendation:

Read a copy of Marilu Henner’s book Total Health Makeover.  I suggest this book because it has some good basic stuff that is presented in an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand format.  Yes, she is the actress from Taxi, not a doctor or nutritionist.  The book is, admittedly, filled with a lot of corn (as in, it’s pretty corny); but the health-related information is good (though I don’t know why she thinks we care about the fact that she dated John Travolta).  I’m not claiming that I agree with everything she says, but it is a good jumping off point.

So, if you want to join me in my not-quite-a-new-year’s-resolution to get myself back on track, but you’ve never done anything other than fad diets before, your assignment for this week is to get and read a copy of the aforementioned book.  The assignment is not to judge and discount it as you read, just to read it.

Now, before I sign off, I have to thank Nina over at Second Out of Saigon for emailing me to answer my question about the changes in Vietnam’s adoption procedures (sorry Windows won’t let you post comments).  I’m anticipating an email update from our agency today and hopefully they will address this as well, so I’ll hold off on posting anything about it until I hear.

And George, if you’re out there, Tewt the Newt says hello.

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