A MAJOR issue I'm trying to navigate in this quest is the cost. My husband and I are trying to aggressively pay off the mortgage and don't have much wiggle room in the budget. Unfortunately, going to a naturopathic doctor or NAET can get expensive. Someday I may do this, but before that, I'm exploring other natural options.
I want to share with you some of my ideas/goals that I'm either considering or have already applied to my life this year. I'd love your thoughts and advice on them!
I've always been somewhat consistent with exercising, except for those super busy times in my life like when I was engaged or during busy season at work. My hubby and I recently joined the recreation center in our city for only $50 a year and we've been working out at the gym there. I've also been doing some at-home workouts like these that I learned from Tiffany at A Touch of Grace.
With a full-time job, volunteering at New Friends New Life, being a newly wed, pursuing relationships with friends, going to our newly wed small group, church activities and more, it is SO hard to find time to exercise. And I don't even have kids! How do you moms do it? I feel overwhelmed now!
How have you made consistent workouts happen in your life?
Without being a nutritionist, I feel pretty knowledgeable about which foods are "clean" and which are not. Finding good recipes on blogs is pretty helpful so I can change it up often. Honestly, sometimes I need to just ditch the recipes and do something basic like fish, a veggie and quinoa.
Again, my issue is time. This requires a lot of work in the evenings which I don't always have. Sometimes what works is to prepare many meals on a Sunday and just heat them up during the week. Healthy crockpot recipes (like these) are also quite handy!
To be honest, I LOVE food. My favorite is Thai food and how carby is that?! Mmmm...Pad Kee Mow! Delicious! Sometimes I just feel like eating something bad. I try to limit those times to just the weekends.
Here is what I need to do:
1) Stop trying the fun, yummy recipes I find online and go back to the basics - maybe just the fun ones one day a week
2) As hard as this might be, if we absolutely have to stop and eat at Chick-Fil-A (yummmm), make myself get the grilled nuggets instead of the breaded ones. This goes for other restaurants too.
3) Grocery shop more often. I usually go about once a week, but if I want fresh veggies in every meal, I probably need to go more.
4) Cut back on bread and pasta. This is something I've done for years, but I want to be even more conscious about it.
5) Buy mostly whole foods, limit the processed stuff even if it sounds healthy.
6) Try to not eat acidic foods to help with my acid reflux. This means no (or little) tomatoes, onions, coffee, red wine, pineapples, oranges, grapefruits, and fried food. Isn't that sad?!
I'll be honest here...I will never be completely grain-free, gluten-free, carb-free, meat-free or fat-free. I think that some foods are ok to enjoy in moderation and that just wouldn't work with my family. So I will do the best that I can to keep things healthy 90% of the time!
What tips could you offer me? How do you consistently eat healthy even when you have a busy schedule?
I started going to a chiropractor about 3 months ago and I've seen a considerable difference in a few areas. I used to have daily headaches starting from behind my head. When my chiropractor did an x-ray, it showed that my top vertebrae was extremely out of place and probably causing that. I was also having memory problems...some I'm sure had to do with being engaged and planning a wedding so I was stressed. Since seeing my chiropractor, the headaches have gone away and my memory has gotten better!
I will continue going to him to hopefully help with my allergies in the long run.
Have you ever done chiropractic care? Did you think it was worth the money?
I recently went to a doTERRA "class" at my neighbor's house to learn more about essential oils. People who use them claim that they work wonders so I'm willing to give it a try. Due to the $ issue, I'm not diving in head first, but I think I'll get the introductory kit with lavender, lemon and peppermint. This is supposed to help with allergies and about a million other things! Here are 101 uses for those oils.
I have a sample of the DigestZen and it has actually helped with my acid reflux! This gives me hope! My goal, if these work, would be to use DigestZen instead of taking my acid reflux medicine and use lavender, lemon and peppermint instead of taking my allergy medicine.
Do any of you use essential oils? If so, have they helped? Which ones have you used? What would you recommend?
Also, do you have any thoughts on JuicePlus???
Also, do you have any thoughts on JuicePlus???
I really appreciate any wisdom you have to offer! I can research and research, but the best advice is usually what has worked for my friends. Thank you!!