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Ways to Adopt a Healthier Lifestyle

Updated on August 23, 2017
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I grew up in a small town called Whitesburg, Georgia. As a poor Woodard girl, I had to make my own living and opportunities.

You Can Do This

Brain - Healthy

Can’t remember your best friend’s phone number, what you had for lunch, and names of familiar faces, what you need from the grocery store or where you left your car? Trying to remember can be emotional and stressful.

Being in the way of life that has become uninteresting and tiresome can cause brain cells to become lazy.

Recent studies concluded that you could give your brain workouts by gardening, putting together jigsaw puzzles, reading, thirty-minute walks and playing board games.

  • Enhances visual perception
  • Hones coordination
  • Improves memory
  • Develops critical thinking
  • Increases production in the brain
  • Heightens creativity

Your brain needs to exercise; needs to be challenged. Also, try eating a nutritious breakfast; studies show that kids who eat a nutritious breakfast do better in school; therefore, you would do better in your day-to-day living.

Jig Saw Puzzles - stimulates the whole brain

Jig saw puzzle of horses. Put together by Rosa Ann Crowder
Jig saw puzzle of horses. Put together by Rosa Ann Crowder

My feeling is that maintaining financial independence is also a healthy way to keep my feet on the ground.

— Valerie Trierweiler

A Senior Moment (copied)

I decide to water my garden.
As I turn on the hose in the driveway,
I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage,
I notice mail on the porch table that
I brought up from the mail box earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table,
put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table,
and notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back
on the table and take out the garbage first.

But then I think,
since I’m going to be near the mailbox
when I take out the garbage anyway,
I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book off the table,
and see that there is only one check left.
My extra checks are in my desk in the study,
so I go inside the house to my desk where
I find the can of Pepsi I’d been drinking.

I’m going to look for my checks,
but first I need to push the Pepsi aside.
I don’t accidentally knock it over.

The Pepsi is getting warm, and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi,
a vase of flowers on the counter
catches my eye–they need water.

I put the Pepsi on the counter and
discover my reading glasses that
I’ve been searching for all morning.
I decide I better put them back on my desk,
but first I’m going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter,
fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote.
Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV,
I’ll be looking for the remote,
but I won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table,
so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs,
but first I’ll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers,
but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.

So, I set the remote back on the table,
get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then, I head down the hall trying to
remember what I was planning to do.
At the end of the day:
the car didn't get washed
the bills didn't get paid
there is a warm can of
Pepsi sitting on the counter
the flowers don’t have enough water,
there is still only one check in my check book,
I can’t find the remote,
I can’t find my glasses,
and I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.
Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today,
I’m baffled because I know I was busy all the damn day,
and I’m exhausted.

I realize this is a serious problem,
and I’ll try to get some help for it,
but first I’ll check my e-mail….

Don’t laugh — if this isn’t you yet, your day is coming!!

Water Does The Body Good

Digest Food

Cold drinks will coagulate the greasy food that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion by lining the intestine; creating more fat. Once this 'substance' reacts with the acid in your body; it will break down and be absorbed more rapidly than the solid food. The result is weight gain.

Drink room temperature water with your meals. Also, a cup of hot tea or coffee with desert will keep it all flowing through you like clockwork.

The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals; maybe it is time, we adopt their drinking and eating habits.

Honey Please

Take to every Gallon of Honey, three Gallons of water, and put them both together, and set them on a soft fire, that you may endure to melt and break the honey with your hands.

— Kenelm Digby

Liver Cleansing

Living in a toxic environment means that;

  • We are exposed to toxins on a regular basis.
  • It is impossible to avoid toxicity completely.
  • The food we eat is loaded with chemicals.

Fortunately, our body removes toxins in a natural manner.

There are two groups of toxins:

  • Water soluble toxins, which are removed through the kidneys and the blood.
  • Fat soluble toxins, which are difficult to be removed.

The liver is crucial in this process. Even though the digestive system and the detox pathways are functioning properly, these toxins can reach the blood, fat cells, and brain, from the liver. Moreover, these toxins can stay in our body for years.

Loose stools, mucus in the bowel, or regular constipation, it may be a sign of detoxification and pathways issue. Moreover, if you experience pain or nausea after eating certain foods, it may mean that there is a toxic fat storage. Fighting this problem may mean that you should take proper care of your health and pay close attention to your diet.

There are foods which may help in the process of liver cleansing, such as garlic, beets, green tea, grapefruit, carrots, avocados, apples, olive oil, limes and lemons, green leafy veggies, turmeric, walnuts, and cabbage.

Healthy Feet

I have always believed if you take care of your feet, your feet will take care of you. It is as simple as getting regular pedicures.

  • Improves Foot Health
  • Releases Stress
  • Removes Foot Odour
  • Prevents Ingrown Toenails
  • Makes You Look Good

According to research, The Organs of your body have their sensory touches at the bottom of your foot, if you massage these points you will find relief from aches and pains as you can see the heart is on the left foot. This topic is covered in great detail in Acupressure studies or textbooks.

God created our body so well that he thought of even this. He made us walk so that we will always be pressing these pressure points and thus keeping these organs activated at all times!

Science and mindfulness complement each other in helping people to eat well and maintain their health and well-being.

— Nhat Hanh

Balanced Diet

  • Keep a supply of fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy (like low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese and lean proteins (chicken, fish, pork or lean beef).

  • Make a chart and keep a daily record of what you eat and drink.

  • Eat foods from all five food groups. Strive to consume foods from each group throughout the day.

  • No skipping meals. Regular, frequent meals and snacks provide a steady flow of energy to your brain.

  • Monitor all Carbohydrates. Try to stick to ½ cup servings

  • Limit your sugar and saturated fat intake

  • Limit alcoholic beverages to an occasional glass of wine.

Prunes

I had been having weak muscles, low energy, fatigue, shortness of breath, bone pain, and anxiety! Whew! Who knew? "Zippity-Do-Da Zippity-Eh, My oh My what a Wonderful Day! Plenty of Sunshine is coming my way,"... brought to me by "Prunes"! What a Wonderful Way!

Engage In Physical Activity Daily

Exercise is a requirement for health, and those who do will reap the benefits The challenges of an aging body are just a part of life. Staying fit through life keeps your body;

  • Healthy - physical challenges
  • Looking good - weight management
  • Active - Helps keep you doing the things you love.

There are many ways to improve our bodies. Here is a few;

  • Take the advice of cats. Stretch when you wake up. Stretch to increase flexibility
  • Warm up and cool down before and after physical activities to help your body transition more quickly.
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Stay hydrated - our bodies depend on it.
  • Be as active as possible - walking does the body good

You need to put what you learn into practice and do it over and over again until it's a habit. I always say, 'Seeing is not believing. Doing is believing.' There is a lot to learn about fitness, nutrition, and emotions, but once you do, you can master them instead of them mastering you.

— Brett Hoebel

Sit Back And Relax

© 2017 Rosa Ann Crowder

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      John Butler 

      16 months ago

      good advice

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      John Johnson 

      19 months ago

      Great article

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