Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Do You Eat Your Vegetables?

Well, you should! Dairy-free, gluten-free... ;)

The real reason for this post is that I saw this at a local grocery store yesterday:

Monday, September 22, 2014

Help Maui Be GMO-Free--Only 5 Days Left!!!

My family and I had a lovely stay in a condo rental in Maui this summer. The family who owns the condo is protective of the environment, even asking renters to not purchase any cleaners for the condo as they really want to use ones that are safe for the environment.

I just got a message from the condo owner about a situation in Maui dealing with not only GMO crops but open air chemical experiments. They need to raise funds to help fight what's going on. This particular campaign only has 5 days left to contribute to!

If you are concerned at all about GMO foods and chemicals on the foods, please contribute and share the link with others!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

More Thoughts on the 100-Day Health Challenge

I've been toying again with the idea of signing up for the program that is actually called The 100 Day Challenge. I will sometime, I know that, but for right now, I can't see for paying for something that I want to really be able to go all out for and probably can't with our upcoming move and other things going on. BUT I do like to read the material they have to try to convince you to sign up and it always inspires me.

The main thought that came out of the recent reading of the promotional material is this, and it might just help you choose the right kind of challenge for you:

What's your big goal?

That's what it really boils down to with this challenge. What is your big goal health-wise for the end of the 100 days, what is it that you would really be so pleased with yourself at accomplishing? You might even achieve your goal early, which is fine; you can modify your big goal as you go along if necessary. The key is to have that big goal and each day, make sure to do something that will help you achieve that goal in the end.

My goal is still to be fully functional in my shoulders. From everything I've read about rotator cuff issues, my goal might actually be unreasonable, but if I'm making sure that I do everything I can each day to reach that goal, then surely some significant progress can be made by the time 2015 rolls around. Plus, with that goal, it'll motivate me even more to try alternative things like seeing a chiropractor or acupuncturist if things really aren't progressing.

So... What's your big goal? Pick it quickly! We start tomorrow. :) Remember to check in, if you can, with the Facebook page. My plan is to post daily there, but not necessarily here!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

3 Tips to Pick Your 100-Day Health Challenge

Maybe you've seen my posts and have been thinking about something you can do for the 100 days that will finish off 2014. And maybe you haven't been able to come up with something to pick!

For me, I started by brainstorming a bit:

*100 days of one green smoothie every day
*100 days (minus special occasions that might make it impossible) of wheat-free eating (oy, that would be a challenge for me!)
*100 days of Egoscue exercises
*100 days of yoga breathing time
*100 days of a salad every day
*100 days of my physio exercises
*100 days of getting at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day
*100 days of getting the minimum recommended amount of calcium
*100 days of DASH diet to see if it takes care of my slightly elevated blood pressure

Some of these felt like too much of a challenge, like I would just be setting myself up for failure. Others just didn't connect with me much. Sure, doing 5-10 minutes of yoga breathing time each day would be doable, but there's no real connection with it. I mean, I know I would gain benefits from it, but I'm just not emotionally attached!

My shoulders... There's a level of attachment, connection. Pain every day from certain movements, sometimes while not moving at all. It sucks. I have a vested interest in it and it is something I can also see measurable progress with. The ultimate goal at the end of the the three months would be to have function fully restored and be pain-free. That is one issue with, say, the salad every day. After a couple of weeks, I could see myself being bored with it. It would no longer be particularly challenging, except to push through the potential boredom. Any health progress would not be measurable. Not a good goal for me.

My suggestion, therefore, to you to pick your own challenge goal is to:

1) Something where there is measurable progress or there is a natural increasing progression over 100 days. Don't pick something that is simply about remembering to do it, like flossing your teeth every night--although a goal to tackle your gingivitis and have specific things to do each day to do so could be a suitable goal. Weight loss is measurable. Blood pressure is measurable.

2) Pick something that will really mean something to you at the end. You've got to want what 100 days of focusing on your goal will bring in the end. If just making it through 100 days of something is enough for you and it doesn't need the measurable progress above, or the measurable progress is the checkmarks each day of having accomplished the required task, then so be it--but you will find it easier to make it through if you pick something that has some importance to you!

3) Make sure that this something, or the steps you are taking in the challenge as part of the goal, are actually doable and you aren't setting yourself up for failure.

There are my suggestions for you. Which goal will you pick? Share here or at the Facebook page.