I resolved to focus on my digestive health this year, and this blog was created to help me make improvements. We're just over the halfway through 2014, so it's as good a time as any for a health checkpoint to see where I'm at, using the "good health" categories I wrote about in March.
- I've stopped buying convenience store snacks/chocolate as well as bread, and I no longer go to the pizza place in town.
- I now eat a banana every morning, and another when I get home from work in the afternoon.
- Since reading about the Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet, I consciously try to finish all of my vegetable side dishes at lunch at school, while not being concerned about finishing the meat sides.
- Learning about prebiotics last month prompted me to start eating sweet potatoes, skin and all, hoping to introduce some new strains of bacteria into my gut.
- I stopped using a microwave.
- I have a water bottle at school that I try to finish and re-fill every day at work.
- I started boiling tap water to refill my water supply, so that the inconvenience of buying and carrying home 2 liter bottles of water at the grocery store won't prevent me from drinking water at home.
- Sleep has always been a priority for me; my body is wired for 8+ hours every night and I make sure to get it.
- I've had a few months of weekly yoga at home, though May and June have not been yoga months for me.
- I began a Give it 100 project to increase flexibility, with the goal of touching my toes. I'm currently on Day 56, the stretching feels really good, and my flexibility is improving!
5. Mental Health
- I've been writing a Thankful Thursday post on my personal blog nearly every week, which helps me focus on gratitude.
- I write letters to my friends and family, which often gets me thinking about how much I appreciate them.
- I walk to school every day, taking a street with walls of green on both sides instead of the main street on a busy road. I love walking through the plants and soaking it in every morning and afternoon.