High Five for Friday!

Hey peeps - it’s been a busy week!  I still managed to snag a few pics of some of the exciting / happy moments, though.  Yay!  Without further adieu, here are my favorite memories from this past week.

1. Our team survived the Ragnar Relay: trail edition.  Thank goodness!  I was so happy to be in these comfy clothes at the end of the race – it took everything to keep them dry and free of mud the entire weekend!

2. My friends and I grabbed dinner at our favorite sushi restaurant.  I totally forgot to snag a pic, but here is a glimpse of the restaurant from a really fun internet search.

3. I decided to go on a gluten free diet for three months.  I’m about three weeks in now, and love that I can eat this gluten free bread.  So yummy!

4. I had a ton of fun going through old pictures this week for this father’s day post.  Here’s one that didn’t make the blog post, but shows some of our extended family rockin’ our really cute 90s outfits.

5. There’s never a dull moment with this little munchkin!  I love her so much!

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Guest Post: Tips for Achieving Optimal Health

To anyone that knows me, it’s no surprise that I am in to healthy living.  I try my best to eat healthy, attend CrossFit regularly, and I truly believe in that whole concept that our body is our temple.  That’s why when Healthline contacted me about hosting a guest post for them, I jumped at the opportunity!  Please welcome Leslie Vandever, from Healthline, as she gives us her tips for achieving optimal health!

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Optimal health. What a concept! What would it take to be totally healthy in every way?

Well, we’d never be able to splurge on a super-sweet snack or stay up too late and deprive ourselves of a full eight healthy hours of sound sleep. We’d enjoy push-ups and jogging and never get depressed. Our posture would be perfect and we’d never carry a pound more or less than the optimum weight for our age, gender, height and build. We’d never, ever be plagued by a cold or the flu.

Actually, maybe “optimal health” wouldn’t be very much fun. Not very realistic, either. But there’s nothing to say that we can’t try. And so in the spirit of the late, great John Harvey Kellogg, who once said “Keep your feet on the earth and your head up, but not too high in the sky. Be humble,” let’s find out what we can do to be healthier.

Eat mindful

Developing healthy eating habits doesn’t take a diet book, just some common sense. Choose what you eat for each meal from the different food groups—vegetables and fruits, whole grains, protein from fish, lean meats, beans, or eggs, and finally, low-fat dairy products. Sugary foods should be reserved as a once-in-while treat, no more.

Drink six to eight coffee-cups full of water per day. Choose water instead of soda-pop when you’re out. Your body will function better if it’s well-hydrated.

Say no to highly processed and fast foods. They’re loaded with calories, salt, sugar in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, and saturated fat. Instead, cook your meals fresh. Read the nutritional labels and know what you’re eating.

Get a yearly health exam

Your doctor will run tests and examine you to check several common health indicators, such as blood pressure, blood glucose levels and cholesterol levels. The idea is to catch problems before they start or catch them early, when they can be treated with the greatest success. By paying attention to your physical health, you’ll know what needs to be done to get closer to your “optimum health” goal.

Get some sleep

Sleep is vital. The average adult needs about seven hours of sleep every night for optimum health. How can you make sure you catch your Z’s?

  • Go to bed each night and get up each morning at the same time every day, even on weekends.
  • Sleep in a cool, dark, quiet room with no distractions. That means no computer or TV.
  • If you’re having trouble “shutting your brain down,” try counting your breaths. When your mind tries to chase off on another tangent, gently bring it back to your breath and resume counting. Often, that’s all you’ll need to drift off.
  • If you still have trouble after trying the tips above, talk to your doctor. He or she may be able to help.

Move that body

Humans were made to move. But today’s culture keeps many of us stuck behind a desk and, when we get home, too whipped to do more than watch TV or surf the Internet. What to do?

  • For five minutes, three times a day, stand up, stretch and do some gentle weight-bearing exercises with small hand-weights or resistance bands. Run in place or walk around the block, fast.
  • Next, add a brisk, 15-minute walk each day during your lunch hour.

If you do these exercises, you’ll be meeting the Mayo Clinic’s exercise guidelines for adults. It adds up to two-and-a-half hours a week of moderate exercise. Yay you! You’re well on your way to optimum health.

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Leslie Vandever is a professional journalist and freelance writer. She also writes a blog about living well with rheumatoid arthritis called RheumaBlog, under the pen-name “Wren.” In her spare time, Vandever enjoys cooking, reading and working on the Great American Novel.

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