My Ever-Evolving Definition of Health

When I started being interested in health, I thought that daily Tae-Bo videos and low fat food were the answer. Sadly, there's been even more laughable health kicks along the way. Stick around and I'll probably post about them at some point. At the peak of my obsession with being "healthy", I was waking up at 4 am to exercise for 2 hours. Meal measuring? Yup, did that too. And lets not forget drinking precisely 2 liters of water every day. I had nothing else to worry about except myself. And my toy fox terrier, who was only 5 pounds so technically, he doesn’t count.

Then, I became a mom. My three children require more attention than I or  my tiny dog ever dreamed possible. Boiling chicken, counting carbs, and two-a-day workout schedules? Yeah, not happening. So, what did I do? Seriously beat myself up about it.

How totally unproductive.

Trying to keep things in your life that no longer serve you is like trying to put on jeans that do not fit. It never feels good. This I now know.

You aren't a bad person if you don’t work out as hard, dress as posh, or eat as clean as you did before you were a mom. Don’t punish yourself by taking a one way trip to frumpville. Find out what works for you today and embrace who you are in this moment. It’s like a brand new opportunity for awesome and undeniably the best thing for you and your family.

Health to me is no longer all-encompassing insanity. It’s a balance. And let me tell you, balance is where it’s at. It’s no longer an uncomfortable race to a never arriving finish line. It's a happy and sustainable way of being.

Today my health regimen consists of this:

  1. Diet: Almost all whole, organic food. Minimal processed food + eating out. Drink mostly water, green tea, and herbal tea. Coffee is allowed once/day.
  2. Exercise: Official Exercise 30 min/day, 4-5 days/week. Right now I’m loving P90X3. Keep active daily (chasing kids around generally takes care of this).
  3. Supplementation: Whole food multi-vitamin + Krill Oil Daily. Other supplementation only when needed.
  4. Sleep: 7 hours
  5. Mental/Emotional: 5 minute mindful meditation before getting out of bed. Mentally list 3 things I'm grateful for before falling asleep. Hug, kiss, and tell my kids what I love about them every day.
  6. Lifestyle: Fresh air daily. Be around nature often.
  7. Use natural beauty products as much as possible.

Again, this is my regimen. Yours may be different and that’s totally ok. It’s great to write down what you’re doing or even what you want to start doing. Remember, the happier and healthier you are, the happier and healthier your family will be.