A Little Bit of Healthy

20120930-091854.jpgIf getting healthy seems overwhelming and you don’t feel like you will ever be able to do it, break it down. A tiny step is still a step. Little changes add up to big results.

For your diet, instead of overhauling your pantry simply decide to learn how to read nutrition labels. This will help with your next step of making better choices when buying food to stock your shelves at home. Make it a priority to understand those food labels.

Exercise a challenge? Start by getting up 5 minutes earlier. Do crunches and push ups for 5 minutes and go on with your day. Add minutes and exercises every day until you have a regular routine that is yielding healthy results.

You can do this. It’s all about getting into a manageable routine. Who cares if you just did 5 minutes of cardio? It’s darn better than not doing 5 minutes of cardio! A little bit can add up to a lot if you let it. ~trvw

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Flu Vaccine Time

Flu season is here.  My mother and I have always been told by our doctor to get the vaccine because of our compromised immune systems. There are debates as to how much, if any, the shot helps. I hate being sick so any possible prevention is welcome.  If you are unsure as to if you should get the injection here’s a link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that might help you decide. ~trvw

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Don’t Ask If Someone Needs Help

Actions, and unspoken words, can scream loud and be very effective. Knowing when to use the power of action over the spoken word requires us to listen to our heart and use our intuition. An example that comes to mind is this: You’re walking along having a conversation with a co-worker. You both approach a door and they are struggling to carry everything. It’s obvious they are in need of assistance. Reach over open the door, continue the chat. Your action, and omission of vocally stating what they needed, just made a lasting impression that communicated how much you care. ~trvw


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Work For Your Health

We spend a of time at work, working, “earning our keep”. The happier you are at your job, the more likely your health is to thrive overall. Finding a passion that pays the bills can be a challenge, but might also be the healthiest thing you will ever do for yourself.

When you find the work that suits you, not only will it seem like you are hardly ever “working” but you will exude positive energy that you can build upon. A tired, depressed employee lacks the desire to be innovative and merely drags through the day. A happy, respected co-worker will be eager to create and deliver above and beyond.

Whether you are a manager or subordinate, creating and operating in a  nurturing environment will encourage a healthy and happy lifestyle. If your job is lacking in fulfilling your needs (yes, a healthy lifestyle is a necessity) start forming a plan to get out of there and seek, until you find, a place where you are happy to call your job “work”. ~trvw

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Stop Waiting To Start

Planning has its purpose in life. Many tasks would simply not get finished if there was not a plan in place. However, are you letting the idea of a perfect plan prevent you from starting something? If you are wanting to start eating better, start a work out routine, or any other project – begin now! Start with one small step and you have already begun. Now, keep adding to the progress and in the time it would have taken to make another excuse, you will have already made a milestone. ~trvw



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How to Juggle Back To School and a Workout Schedule

It is time for kids to load onto the school bus once again. Parents might love or hate this shift in the schedule. Either way, a shift it is. It can be a challenge to balance everything, but don’t  let it rock your workout boat.

If you are established in a fitness routine then you might just need a bit of reordering as a means to keeping it going. If you have zero workout plan, now is a great time to start! Something is better than nothing – keep that in your mind when tasks take over and you feel overwhelmed. Allow yourself grace, keep doing what you can, and remember that it is only a season.

No matter if you are new to a workout or rescheduling your routine here are a few tips to gain healthy ground.

1. Start small: 10 minutes walking beats 10 minutes laying in bed while waiting for the next snooze alarm to buzz. Progress from there. If you already workout an hour but now need to drop the kids off when your running group takes off – start a new group…they will come. 😉

2. Eat well: keeping your body fueled with fresh veggies and whole food is always helpful. Pack yourself a lunch at the same time as you make your kids lunches, then you have no need to make a fast food stop. You have already made faster, healthier food for you and your kids.

3. Establish a routine: yes ballgames and homework will kink up a super-smooth schedule from time-to-time. However, keeping a general outline of study time, practice/working out, family dinner, bedtime, etc. will help add flexibly in your schedule while still managing to hit on the priorities for you and your family.

Have any tips to add? Please share! ~trvw

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Buying Local

Now that everyone is going green, then next economical stride in the right direction for mother earth seems to be buying local. Right away it sounds like a no brain benefit for helping the community. Naturally people want jobs to come to their town and it always feels less guilty to pay more for a product because they are “buying local” – right?

After a great conversation concerning a new local cafe, I was curious about the “buy local” fad phrase. After scanning two contrary articles, I have summarized my thought process thus far to be this: it’s much like everything…do your homework! Buying local has great benefits but you can be misled as well. Globalization has great benefits, too, and might be getting a bad rap.

The comparison reminds me of the fight between modern and holistic medicine. Sometimes it’s like “green” folks should feel bad for choosing to use modern medicine. While I would love to see more research go toward natural therapies, I am very grateful for the medical advances that we have access to in our country. I am also happy that I am free to research, educate, and select the most balanced choices that help me live a great life and in turn make the world a better place for those that follow and that are here now.~trvw

Please take some time to compare and contrast the ideas about buying local by reviewing these articles:

Sustainable Connections

The Bollard

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Summer Drought

This has been a harsh summer. Very hot. Fortunately, I’m able to enjoy it as I love the heat. While I’m not pleased that farmers are struggling and the toll that the extreme temperatures are taking can have less than desirable consequences, I am trying to savor the joy that comes with the summer swelter.

The bright sky is beautiful and it’s great to be able to put laundry out to dry. Lemonade tastes better the hotter it is outside and I rarely care for a Popsicle unless there’s the challenge to lick up the drippy treat in record time. Less is more, when it comes to fussing over clothing. I love not needing to layer my clothes because of the frigid chill that has to be blocked in the winter months. If you have ever had an achy joint then you really understand why the warm weather is a blessing. Often, I wonder if warm weather really is the  cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis – or at least the best way to manage the pain.

While the summer of 2012 is spending it’s time in the triple digits, I will continue to embrace the hot madness. If I could bottle it up and use it all winter I would. If I could trade temperatures with you so you could always be cool and I could always be warm, I would. Until the details are worked out on personal climate control, I will smile now and remember to try to be just as joyous when it rains. ~trvw

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My Body Wellness

Recently attended a local iBody Directory meeting. Each month there is a meet up that serves as an educational and community outreach resource for Southwest Missouri. Holistic healers gather and help provide alternatives to traditional medicine. This is a great way to learn and network for anyone striving to be their own health advocate.

It is often a struggle to find a peaceful balance between modern medicine and holistic alternatives, especially if you experience disease within your body firsthand. For some people, without today’s medical care they could not take on simple daily functions to carry out life.

Be encouraged knowing that seeking alternatives is ok, just as it is ok to use modern medicine. Sometimes it feels like there is a perception that foregoing standard treatments and honing  in on natural therapies is the superior way to manage illness. It takes awareness and knowledge to be the best health advocate that you can be for your body. Never feel bad for striving to find the optimum combination of treatment that allows you to live your very best and balanced life. ~trvw


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Freedom Run

Many runners will line up to run for an Independence Day race. Locally, there is an annual Freedom Run to celebrate the special time of year as well as raise funds to benefit a women’s center. The words “freedom” and “run” are powerful enough to provide a spark of energy that you can use any time of the year.

We have the freedom to run. Often it’s concerning that people think that you must fit a particular criteria in order to march out the door and pound a little pavement. On one hand, it is quite an honor for a non-runner to think that “crazy runners” have special powers that allow us to drive our legs down the roads of fitness bliss. However, it’s not an exclusive feat that is withheld from the curious few. All you need is the interest and dedication, because you already have the freedom to run. ~trvw

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