Listen to Your Body
Are you drinking enough water?
64 oz is the recommended daily intake of water. While you can get this amount through beverages like coffee and fruit juices, if you eat a whole foods diet, ideally you’re drinking water, eating soups made with chicken stock, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and yes, drinking coffee.
For me, I focus on 64 oz of water daily because I struggle a bit with eating fruit fruit and vegetables. In my mind, as a mom, I want my kids to be the first to eat the fruits and vegetables. I need to remember that my health is just as important, and my kids need to see me eating fresh produce.
Are you getting enough sleep?
7 to 8 hours of sleep is the daily recommendation. While you can fall behind for a day or two, your body needs a regular schedule and rhythm for getting enough sleep. Don’t forget to make your bedroom a restful environment for getting sleep.
Since I wake up at 4:45 a.m. to get out the door between 5:15 and 5:30 for my runs, I’ve learned that going to bed around 9:00 to 9:30 is important. My schedule gives me about 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily. If I need to go to sleep a little early, I will. I don’t do naps because I wake up groggy and grouchy, and during the week, I have no one to supervise my 4 year old if I need an afternoon nap.
Are you eating enough protein, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats?
Last year, I worked on eating more fruits and vegetables. This year, I focused on eating protein at every meal. Both strategies have helped me to have more energy and fewer cravings for sweets. When I eat protein at every meal, I don’t need to snack in between, reducing my calorie intake by about 500 calories.
Do you take a multivitamin supplement?
I’ve heard recommendations for and against taking supplements. In my opinion, even though we eat a whole foods diet, there are no guarantees that the fruits and vegetables we eat have all their vitamins. Transporting produce reduces their freshness which reduces the vitamins. Fruits and vegetables are being bred for shelf life, not optimum nutrition.
I take a multivitamin, plus a number of other supplements. It works for me. My monthly cycles are much more even, and I have fewer hormonal days over the course of a year. The alfalfa supplement has helped both my joints and my allergies. During a recent eye exam, the eye doctor commented on the health of my eyes, and asked if I was taking supplements. I’ve had 2 colds this fall already, and both were mere blips on the radar. I didn’t even get tired, just stressed for a day or so. Taking supplements works for me.
Do you know when your body is fighting an infection?
I’ve learned that if I’m having problems multitasking and I feel overwhelmed, I’ll wake up the next day feeling the beginnings of a cold. It happens every time.
Do you know what your body is telling you?
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