Health Tips From A Relative Couch Potato

Hello!  Wow, I apologize for not blogging more consistently these last couple of months.  It has been a time of transition for me–finishing up at one job (at an office) and transitioning to a business (from my home).  While I was envisioning all this new time as a stay-at-home worker  to tackle a few crammed junk drawers in my office, reconnect with my friends over a steaming cup of coffee, and grocery shop at quaint organic out of the way grocery stores, I have instead been glued to my computer figuring out how to run my business efficiently and effectively, and not wanting to leave the house to grocery shop at all!  (Don’t worry, the pizza places deliver).

Oh, and throw in a family vacation and a weekend trip to MN in there.  And soccer practice starting…need I say more?

But, I am starting to emerge from the transition! And, we are now in March and I am only on my 2nd New Year’s Resolution post (scroll down for #1).  Fortunately, we are still in the first quarter, and it’s never too late to think about self-improvement.

This post/resolution is about “healthy living.”


I admit,  I have never been a health “nut,” and compared to some of my amazing friends who are Gluten-Free, only shop at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, who consider running 5 miles a warm-up, and do crazy things like bike to/from work (15 miles in the winter—Derek) or rock the Paleo Diet–(Jen), I am a regular chip eating couch potato.

However, I do TRY to be healthy.  80% of the food I buy for our family is “whole food” (except cereal which I guess reduces that number to 50% since a few of us are cereal addicts around here), but I try to buy food that does not have hydrogenated oils, is high in protein, low in fat, and I try to make sure everyone gets their fruits and veggies.  My daily diet consists of Wheat Chex, a protein bar, a turkey and spinach wrap, fruit, 2 York Mints, sunflower seeds and raisins (snack) and a dinner with fish or white meat and a veggie (more York Mints).  Of course that varies, but if I could do the same every day that would be it.  The York Mints are actually my sweet tooth controller–for me–I get my sugar fix with 2 of these small wafers, and I don’t end up eating a quarter bag of Peanut M&M’s in one shot.

Oh, I forgot to mention Diet Pepsi…my main beverage.  Does that totally negate my daily healthy food intake?  Maybe.

I try to exercise 2-3 times per week–Jon would not consider it exercise though because sweat is not usually involved.   Really, I just don’t sweat.

Here are my three health tips–take them or leave them based on my Diet Pepsi confession:

1.  Feed Your Body Well

When I was in college the fad was “low fat” which meant all carbs– I was exhausted all the time and of course craved sugar and carbs endlessly.   A few years later I read the book  Eating for Your Blood Type and realized that being O- meant my body needed protein.  I changed how I ate and now try to mostly eat protein and I let my carbs come from my morning cereal and dessert.

Another idea I’ve found to help with healthy eating is this great APP called “Nutrition Menu”– IPhone.  It’s $1.99, and has nutritional info for restaurants and almost any food you can think of, has an exercise feature with 149 built in exercises, journal feature, weight tracking, and water consumption tracking.

2. Exercise

This is obvious, but one tool I found last year has been wonderful in helping me with my workouts.  It is an APP for your phone (IPhone and Android), and it is called Nike Training Club.  untitledThis is not for sissies.  There are different levels, and ALOT of different work outs, and you can do them in your home.  I actually have been known to sweat a little doing these workouts.

There are so many great exercise APPS–I would recommend loading one or two on your phone or IPAD to squeeze in a quick workout from home as much as possible.


3. Really THINK about your “health future”.

This is not something I have done in my life, especially in my 20’s and 30’s.  I am 42 now, and still feel like disease and aging is a long way off.  However, when a friend and mom of 3 (who is my age) passed away about this time last year from melanoma, I was struck with the reality that disease can strike any of us at any time.  So, I have tried to think more long-term about my health and how I can strengthen my body now.

In this blog I have always been intentional about not mentioning my side-job, because I have never wanted to mix business with the spiritual purpose of Gracefullhome.  But just this once I am going to tell you a little about what I do because I can’t talk about health and not share the amazing health product I have been using for the last year and a half.  I take a product called the Lingzhi (Reishi) mushroom, grown and distributed by  Alphay, is the worlds largest producer of the Lingzhi.  Google it and you will find hundreds of articles on this incredible superfood.

The Lingzhi (Reishi) mushroom, when taken through an extraction process and put in capsule th_5_elements_nutritionform, strengthens our bodies at the cellular level, helping to fight cancer cells, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, not to mention it’s immuno-modulating properties that relieve allergies (mine are gone).  The mushrooms also lower cholesterol, help with sleep issues, lower blood pressure, and help with anxiety and depression–just to mention a few.

If you want to know more, feel free to shoot me an email or watch the video on Lingzhi on my site  Please know I do not share this with you for “profit” purposes, but to share something that myself, my family, and my friends have found to help us be the healthiest people possible from the inside out.

So, now you have a book, a couple  APPS, and a supplement to help you be the healthiest you possible!  God has given us our bodies “as His temple” and we are to care for them in the best way possible.

Stay tuned for my final New Year’s post on a great financial tool and words from God about our money.




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