25th February 2008

New Year Resolutions

OK, how many of us are staying with our New Year Resolutions? A few of us decided to become more knowledgeable about overall health. We searched the internet and bookstores for the latest material. But, did we do anything with this information ? If so, did we get the results that we’re looking for? Did we set goals for our exercise workout, i.e., walk 1 mile 4 times a week and then, keep a journal on whether or not we did it. Did we set goals for eating healthy. It helps if we plan meals for a week at a time, shop for what we need on a weekly basis. Do we keep healthy snacks available so that you don’t reach for the potatoe chips or cookies. If we didn’t buy them, we can’t eat them. Have we given up the trip to the local fast food resturant. If we have done all that we set out to do and we were successful, then we need to reward ourselves with flowers or a movie but, not with food.

If we did not resolve in January to change any bad habits then, get started now! Everyday is a new opportunity. A word of caution, when setting out to change old habits, start slow, don’t make too many changes all at once. Listen to your body. Also, feed your system what it needs. Don’t forget your supplements. Make them the best that you can get, you’r worth it. Check out www.shaklee.net/greenhome for more information on nutrition.

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posted in The Daily Diet by Joann

2nd January 2008

Vacations

In September, my husband, my daughter Trisha and I set out on what became a three week vacation. This is not about what we did or where we went but more about the health benefits of vacations. You may wonder how vacations fit the picture of health news. Well, this is my health journey and to me vacations are important. Vacations are good for the body, mind and soul. They refresh, nourish and educate us. Where we go and what we do is a personal choice that usually is comprised of time of year, age, what we’ve done in the past and of course money. But vacation choices are also influenced by outside sources such as travel magazines, web sites, sporting events, other peoples stories, children, seasons, and food and drink to mention just a few.

As we age, we approach travel with perhaps more trepidation than when we were younger. Can we handle the luggage. Can we handle the traffic. Can we walk the distances that are required. What if I need a doctor. These are some of the challenges that older people have to deal with when they travel. So many of my friends have waited too long to do the traveling that they would like to and now no longer want to risk being away from home and their doctors. Other friends are opting for cruises because they like being taken care of and not having to unpack but once or worry about where to eat or what on shore sites to see and how to get to them. For me, there is still the adventure of planning my own trip. The adventure of trying new foods. I don’t want to be herded, I want to take whatever time I need to see or go where I want to go. To do this, I must remain healthy. This is why my Shaklee supplementation is so important to me.

Now that I’m back home, a side benefit is having something new to talk about with friends. Not to boar them but, to perhaps plant a seed about a site or place that they might like to see. As for me, I am ready now to step back into my ordinary day with memories to sustain me until the need arises again. So to all of you I say, Bon Voyage!

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