Welcome to my multi-part series on living well. Watch for Part 2 coming soon!
Part 1: Aikido
We often teach what we most need to learn, right? Well this is my life lesson for sure: keeping all the balls in the air while enjoying myself fully; trying to live to my highest potential as a mom, doctor, wife, friend, community member and generally fun-loving person; and raising the best little humans I possibly can. As any good juggler (aka mom) knows, keeping all those balls in the air requires not only balance, but flexibility, strength, pretty awesome hand-to-eye coordination, and a zen-like ability to focus on the present moment.
Lately I've been thinking about Aikido, a Japanese martial art which is translated as "the way of unifying with life energy.” The goal of this defensive art form is to defend yourself while also protecting your attacker from injury. “Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack ra...
As new parents, we often forget how to care for ourselves. Birthdays pass unnoticed, hair is ignored and even teeth go unbrushed. It’s almost comical at times how little we tend to ourselves during the early days (baby drool and sticky hand prints were my accessories for years!). As time goes on, though, many parents start to “reclaim” themselves in some way or another.
I encourage that we all take a good look at the ways we are (and are not!) currently caring for ourselves. The people I know that are really thriving in their lives make their health a daily priority. If you have been putting yourself on the back burner, here are some ideas to help you get your groove back!
A Few Minutes is Better than None
We all have activities we long to do but can’t seem to find the time. Perhaps it’s yoga, reading a favorite book, taking a walk, crafting, or playing music. We tend to wait until we have the right setting to really get down with our favorite hobbies….
This is the time of year when we start to reign in our free-spirited eating habits of summer and hunker down with packing healthy lunches for ourselves, or kids going off to school. Many people share with me that they feel uninspired with their lunch ideas. Don’t fret- you don’t have to be stuck with a boring sandwich, salad or canned soup. Here are some nutritious and delicious ideas to keep your family going throughout the day.
First you need to get the right gear.
Keep your cold food cold and hot food hot. No need for microwaves in this healthy plan. Make a big pot of chili, hearty soup or stew to eat throughout the week. While you are throwing together breakfast, heat up some of your stew in a saucepan and put it in a “food thermos” (www.thermos.com). There’s nothing like opening up your thermos on a chilly fall day to a hearty, warm meal. Kids really love this~ it makes them feel closer to home. For cold food like yogurt, salad or fruit, use a little freezer gel pack in an insulat...
Our ancestors depended on a large community of friends, family and neighbors to make their lives work. Our modern day fences are higher and lives more independent, but we need each other now as much as ever. Having kids made me reach out more often; I just couldn’t gracefully manage it all with out a little help from my friends and family. Here are some suggestions to help build community around healthy eating. It makes life easier and more enjoyable when you share the responsibility and the wealth.
Call from the market
Have a friend, neighbor or family member that you see regularly? Start a tradition of calling each other from the market to see what ingredients the other needs. When you are little low on fresh food or ideas for dinner, nothing is more exciting than getting a call from someone saying “Hey, I’m at the market, what can I pick up for you?!”
Is there another family that lives close by that strives to eat healthy food? Share the responsibility sometimes. On short no...