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Stop and Smell the Roses

The month of May is centered on women’s health. So, if you haven’t done anything to take care of yourself lately, now is the time. Right now? YES! Right now, while you are reading this I want you to take a moment, stop, breath, and just be.

Think about all that you are looking to accomplish. Better health, better food choices, relationships, spirituality, and anything else that comes to mind. You most likely lead a busy life and probably spend a lot of time taking care of others. This month spend some time being instead of doing.

Here are a few tips to help you.

Eat more fruits and vegetables: Make sure to get in those nutrients. Just five servings of fruits and veggies every day can help you think better, feel better and give you more energy. Even if you’re in a rush, start your day off on the right foot. This will help you to make better food choices throughout the day. Try having a smoothie (I like to throw a handful of frozen mangos, one banana and a handful of spinach in a blender along with some coconut water). If you are not partial to the smoothie idea, have a piece of fruit with breakfast, blueberries with lunch, salad and other vegetables with dinner. Remember to balance with a healthy protein and healthy grains to keep you from getting those 3pm cravings for something sweet and sugary. And oh yes, it’s ok to add in a daily serving of dark chocolate covered raisins every now and then. After all, raisins are a fruit!

Do your daily exercise: Even 15 minutes can help you to get focused on yourself.

Take time to smell the roses: Get out to a farmer’s market and get some deliciousness that you can turn into a simple but well balanced meal. Buy yourself some flowers to brighten your day.

Get your sleep: This is one thing we should never deprive ourselves of. Lack of sleep can take a toll on your mind body and spirit.

Whatever you do this month, remember to take the time to do something to take care of yourself.

by: Gary Appelsies, MS. CHHC, AADP
Director of Healthy Eating