12 Days Of Christmas
This holiday season, Best Mommy Life wants to gift you with 12 days of restoration. Each day we will post one thing that we want to challenge you to do, and this one thing will challenge you to grow, will encourage you to change, and will gift you with something tangible to make your journey in this life a little bit easier. There is no gift better than what heals the soul, down deep where the core resides, to ease your life’s struggles and better face each day. We certainly hope you enjoy them and USE them to their fullest potential now and each day forward.
"Take care of your body by watching what you consume. Eat healthy foods and drink plenty of water. Yes, we know… during the holidays it’s HARD to eat right and avoid massive amounts of sugary goodness."
Thankfully, eating the occasional sweet or drinking the occasional alcoholic beverage is fine. The important thing to remember is that it’s what we do DAILY that really makes a difference. If you go a little bit overboard during the holidays, it won’t make a ton of difference if you’re eating right and drinking plenty of water during the rest of the year. The problems come when we make eating those things every day a priority instead of the things we need to be eating.
Over time, without eating healthy, our bodies can literally wither away. We might not feel it today, or even tomorrow, but eventually it will catch up to us. The saying “you are what you eat” is really true, and making the best of each meal by consuming good and healthy food is extremely important to aging well and keeping us from all of the negative side effects that eating poorly can have. If you find a new “fad” diet you love, go for it! However, just know that diets come and go… and so does our willpower. Making lasting changes, even small ones, are better overall than fad diets which will quickly and inevitably find their way out of our habits. Here are a few things that we can do to make sure we are taking the right path towards wellness:
Drink plenty of water, every day. The easiest way to know how much water we should be drinking is to take your weight and divide that number in half. This number represents the number of ounces of water we should be drinking every day. Water means water; don’t substitute anything else. If you want to drink other things, that can be fine, as long as you are also drinking the needed water every day. Water keeps us hydrated and helps our insides to function properly. It helps with headaches, water retention, and dry skin. It is the number one thing that cleanses our bodies from toxins.
Get a container that measures ounces, and make sure you drink as many of them everyday as you need. Set a timer on your phone if you need to remind yourself. Anything you need to do to accomplish drinking water is great, but do what works best for you and do it consistently.
"Drink plenty of water, every day. The easiest way to know how much water we should be drinking is to take your weight and divide that number in half."
Take a multivitamin daily. There is really not an easy way to make sure that we are getting all of our vitamins every day, even if we are eating healthy. Taking a multivitamin covers the areas that we miss and also gives us the long-term energy that we all can use. Pick a time of day, usually breakfast or lunch, that will be easy to remember to take your daily vitamin and take it with a meal. You can even pick a few extra vitamins or supplements to add to the mix. Just do your research and find ones that add the right benefits for you. It’s great to feel good, and vitamins can really help with overall health.
Avoid fast food (as much as possible!). We get it, sometimes fast food has to happen… and sometimes you can find fast food that isn’t completely terrible. But as a general rule, fast food is… well, terrible. There isn’t a whole lot of nutritional value, nor is it sometimes even actual “food” in the sense that it can be completely processed. There is a ton of sodium and artificial ingredients that really just make our bodies sick. The daily limit for sodium should be no more than 1500mg per day. This is hard to do when eating processed foods!
Trust me, as a lover of all things Taco Bell, it’s hard to not want to go on the regular. My kids love Chick-Fil-A and it is so tempting after practice during the week to stop and pick some up for dinner. The trick is to really set your mind to knowing that it’s already off limits… or with a not-to-exceed limit. We usually try to avoid it altogether, but when traveling it can be hard. We try our best to eat before we leave or when we get back, and plan ahead to have something in the crock pot or ready to heat and eat. Even limiting it to once per week or twice per month is better than often.
Whatever you do, make good decisions about what you eat when you are out… not just for fast food but also at restaurants. While that restaurant chain can feel “better” for you than some options, their food can be just as processed. Find stops that are better and generally serve fresh foods, or pick a salad instead of other options that may not be so healthy. You’ll also save a TON of money that could otherwise be spent purchasing produce or meats at the store.
"Find stops that are better and generally serve fresh foods, or pick a salad instead of other options that may not be so healthy. You’ll also save a TON of money..."
Meal plan. Yes, this is the thing that can make or break us! While it’s easy to purchase items that are on sale and satisfy for one meal, it’s much harder to plan ahead and cook meals that last for a while. However, there are easy ways to make this happen and save a massive amount of money compared to eating out. This is one of the times that we will seriously suggest buying in bulk. Sam’s Club and Costco can generally be money pits, but when used for your meal planning they can be a great way to invest in quality food that assist with your meal planning endeavors.
Have trouble getting the family to look forward to leftovers? Freeze your meals and rotate them in next week. If you have a grill, cook your meats (and vegetables!) all at one time and store in the freezer for use later on. There are many different ways to get the most healthy bang for your buck, and Best Mommy Life will help you on your journey with all things meal planning with ideas and recipes that will leave you feeling like a pro!
Eat organic when possible. There is a significant difference between food that is not organic and food that is. There are many additives and chemicals contained in some foods that are just not good for us, and buying organic when possible is certainly preferred. Sometimes it’s impossible to buy all organic, because it can really get expensive fast. However, dairy and meat are two areas that are especially important to try and buy organic when possible.
Part of a healthy lifestyle means getting rid of the toxins that bog us down, and organic really helps to get us down that path. When choosing organic produce, go by the “clean fifteen and dirty dozen” chart (found in the link below). But don’t fret, eating even regular fruits and vegetables has been proven to be far healthier than not eating them at all… so if you’re budget can’t always swing organic price tags… getting what you can is definitely better than not getting them at all.
"Habits are hard to break, and giving up convenience can certainly be a change. But as we do it, it becomes easier and we get used
to doing it."
Take everyday in incorporate something healthy into your diet to replace something old that needs to go. It doesn’t have to all be done today, but over time focus on being a little healthier. Habits are hard to break, and giving up convenience can certainly be a change. But as we do it, it becomes easier and we get used to doing it. You CAN because you love your body and your family! You WILL because you have the willpower and the knowledge to accomplish whatever you put your mind to!
Happy Holidays From Best Mommy Life!
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