Love Your Health

Well, now you had to know this one was coming.  I want to make something abundantly clear.  This post is not intended to shame you or leave you feeling anything other than encouraged and liberated.  I want to talk to you about loving your health.  Whew! In the last few years many women have decided to take control of their health.  Taking control of your health can mean different things to different people.  For some, it can mean getting more exercise, healthier meals, more vacation time, or taking mental health days.  How are your habits?  Are they healthy?

For me, it’s important to watch the foods that I eat.  Without going into too much detail (because I’m saving this story for later), my health was challenged for over a year after my son was born.  I had to make some tough calls, but in the end, I chose what I thought would be best for me and my family.  In changing what I ate, I was able to gain so many benefits.  This, however, is not the only thing that leads to a healthier you.  If you don’t have healthy habits, none of this eating right stuff will work.

Do you remember the last time you ate a complete meal?  I don’t. I’ve snacked today.  A lot.  See, this is one thing I know I have to work on.  For instance, I despise breakfast…with great passion.  Therefore, I don’t eat it most days.  This is not a good habit for me.  I do so much throughout the day (most moms do), so I need the energy. I need to be able to keep up with my two energetic children.  I need to be able to focus on homeschooling them.  In order to be fully functional as a mom or even just a woman (cause let’s be real, it’s hard being a woman), I have to eat good meals on a regular basis as often as I can.  Will there be some days that I miss it?  Yes, but I have to commit to myself that I will not allow my health to fall by the wayside while I propel my family’s health forward.  I do that too much already.  I’m willing to bet that some of you do the same.

When’s the last time you got some good sleep?  Don’t everyone jump to speak all at once.  All my friends know that I love to sleep.  Sleep, however, remains hard to catch for me.  I have some good days, but then others are not so good.  Sleep is something that moms are in a constant battle for and it’s vital to our health.  I understand that it can’t always be helped, but it’s for sure an area that deserves our attention.  Not only does it keep us from unleashing an unholy wrath on innocent bystanders, BUT it also helps with our mental, emotional, and physical health.

Now this post wasn’t just about sleeping more or eating better, but rather things that you can do to take care of your health.  Choosing good food is my way of doing that.  Of course, I am not here to give you a list of foods or meals you should eat.  As a vegan, I do want you to eat more veggies.  I want you to add a few more fruits to your snack list.  I want you to consume a ton of water because…good skin.  Most importantly, I want you to do what works for you.  Your health matters and it is important.  Don’t allow your devotion to your family, work, school, or church come at the cost of your health.  I’m going to be a great-grandma one day.  I really want to be here to see it.  Take care of yourself.  Do it for more than a month and do it beyond this love month.  Let me know in the comments some of your health tips and how you are working toward a healthier you.