Sometimes simple means having someone else do it for you
I’ve been sitting here for 30 minutes typing and erasing the same line… just trying to come up with something interesting. But I’ve got nothing. So, I thought, why not relax and let someone else post today. Kate Diaz, is a midwife who shares tips on women’s health and wellness. Her basic guide to living better, simpler and healthier was the perfect fit for my blog today. After all, it’s always much simpler to have someone post for you, rather than post yourself. (:
The Basic Guide to Living Better, Simpler, Healthier
by Kate Diaz
If you’ve ever seen an episode of “Real Housewives,” you either loved it for the train wreck it was or loathed it knowing this is what reality television has come to. Finding reality TV that serves as a positive role model for mothers and wives in 2013 is difficult. According to Direct TV, the “Real Housewives” shows have combined 10 divorcees and a mess of misbehavior that really teaches women nothing about healthy and positive living.
If you’re looking for some new inspiration, turn off the TV and look elsewhere to simplify your life. There are very basic steps you can take to live a healthier, positive lifestyle.
It’s easier said than done, but there are ways to manage and eventually lower stress in your life. Mothers can especially be vulnerable to stress while raising a family. No matter how hectic your day gets, take some time for yourself to relax and reflect on the day. Preserving your mental health is just as important, if not more, as maintaining physical health.
Check for Breast Cancer
It’s important to remember step one while following step two. Checking for breast cancer is important for women, but you shouldn’t let the stress of a possible positive diagnosis give your stress. The American Cancer Society no longer recommends monthly breast exams for women but does leave it as an option for anyone older than 20. Women over 40 should get yearly mammograms as they are still the most effective way to detect early breast cancer.
Responsible Skin Care
Another one that’s easy to manage and avoid is skin cancer. If you’re someone who loves spending time by the pool (and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that), it’s important to apply sunscreen that’s at least SPF 15 if you’re going to be in the sun for more than a few minutes. Also look out for the warning signs— discoloration of the skin, moles, freckles, etc.— but don’t take them as signs of definite cancer! Just make a visit to your doctor to be sure.
This doesn’t mean eat less. Eating less food that didn’t serve nutritional value won’t help you stay healthy or maintain a lower weight. If possible, avoid processed foods and stick to things such as beef, chicken, fish, whole grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables. You don’t have to be a four-star chef to put great meals together, either. Find a combination of the different whole foods you like most and figure out a handful of recipes using only those ingredients. You’ll find yourself eating a lot of the same foods in different combinations without getting sick of them! And eating all those great foods will keep you full for longer and help you resist the urge to snack.
Don’t have time for the gym? That’s okay. Go for a walk or run in the morning. If you have a dog, bring it along and make the experience more enjoyable. If a majority of your day consists of sitting, whether for work or at home, get up every 30 to 60 minutes and move around for a bit. You don’t have to train in any extreme fashion to stay in shape and fend off disease caused by being overweight. Whether you find joy in training to run marathons on the side or take up a recreational league sport like softball or kick ball, make sure that you’re doing something active at night so you can balance out the inactivity you do at the office sitting at your desk.