Viruses, influenza, colds, pneumonia are just part of the diseases and health issues we face every winter. Keeping healthy is not just an idea, but a necessary part of life--especially if you want to live a long and fruitful one. Here are a few ideas I've learned and integrated into my routines, but feel free to plan your own:
* Learn that you don't have to "clean your plate." Yes, most of us were taught that as a child, but that's not necessarily true. What helps me to eat less is:
- I try to place smaller portions on my plate. Most times, it's not going to be the last time I have the opportunity to enjoy an item I really like.
- An old Japanese saying is: eat until you're pleasantly sated but not too full. Not only does my stomach thank me (because I'm not depressed with an overly full feeling), but your health will too.
* Exercise. Yeah, I feel like groaning too, but I'm doing my best to keep at it. One thing I had to realize was that I had to exercise the way I could do it. If I couldn't run a 5K, I could at least climb the steps several times a day. If I couldn't join a gym, I could use what I have on hand. For me, we're fortunate to have a few pieces of work out items. I use them as I can.
- I've researched and chosen, to the best of my knowledge, the best vitamins for me that I can afford to buy.
- I've researched and chosen a specific company that is the best in its field, with third party testing, the purest oils on the market today.
* Cut out and back. This, too, is a hard one, but one for me that's necessary. I've chosen a food plan that works for me and am willing to adjust it as necessary. Also, I've tried to cut back, not only on my portions, but also on what I eat and how often.