Baby Steps to a Healthier YOU!

by Heather

Can you believe that we are at the end of March? I feel like the year is flying by and at every turn I’m experiencing major changes. Unfortunately, not all of those changes have been positive as they involve my health. One landed me in the Emergency Room and another resulted in surgery. After having surgery and experiencing a lot of pain and a difficult recovery, I started thinking about my health, my everyday practices, and realized that I need to make some changes myself. I’m working on small baby steps!

It’s time to take control back and ensure that I provide a positive example and introduce my daughter to a healthy lifestyle that she will carry through her childhood and hopefully adult years.

First, I looked at my diet. My family eats fairly healthy but processed foods do play a role in a number of meals that we eat throughout the week. I set a goal to remove three processed items a week and replace them with homemade side dishes. This may seem like a small goal but it’s a place to start and by making the goal obtainable and sustainable, that hopefully will ensure success.

Second, I still have a few health restrictions and have to be careful when it comes to lifting and being pulled but where we are currently living has a lovely walking trail area that is pet friendly. As soon as I received my doctor’s release, I promised myself that I would start walking my pups at least 15 minutes every other day to create a routine. Again, this may seem small but I’m keeping those goals within my grasp. The pups seem to be happy with our new plan so it must be successful! ;)

Third, I’ve revisited my vitamin and supplement regiment. This one has been the most difficult for me. Due to ailments and other health problems, I take a number of pills every day. In my opinion, more than someone in their thirties should take, so the last thing I want to do is add another something or other to my lineup. With my physician, I have been working on evaluating my prescription medications and I’ve made a few changes to the supplements that I take. For now, I eliminated a supplement that was “eh” and replaced it with . Thanks to a vitamin deficiency I am hoping that this is HUGE for me!

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I have been doing baby steps with my health for the last few months. I guess I am improving. This article was encouraging. Thank you for sharing these products. I will try them

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