Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Healthier and Happier 2012

I am normally not a resolutions person coz the moment I keep them, I  know I will fizzle out in a few weeks time. So after many years of no new resolutions, something in me made me take one this New Years. (Actually the something and the roots of it is another post in itself). So on January 1 2012, I decided this will be the year I will start focusing on me and my family's health. We will change the way we eat for the better and change all our bad (read: lazy) habits for good. This will not only make us healthier but will also set a good example for our little daughter to follow in her life. It has been 8 months now and I feel good knowing that my relationship with food is only getting healthier and stronger each day. My best moments are when my 5 year old says to me "Mommy, I want to eat Panjiri" or "Give me more cucumber" or "I want to do yoga with you".

Here are some changes I have made towards a more healthier me:

  • Completely cut out tea, coffee and sodas - basically all caffeinated beverages.
  • Cut down drastically on refined sugar.
  • Take a shot of wheatgrass every day.
  • Include more raw vegetables in my diet (atleast one portion of salad each day).
  • Include more dry fruits in our daily diet (atleast a handful of soaked almonds each day).
  • Include more fruits in my daily diet (atleast twice a day).
  • Bought a good juicer and started consuming vegetable / fruit juices (atleast once in 2 days).
  • Switched from white rice to brown and/or red rice. 
  • Switched from refined sugar to palm sugar and/or jaggery.
  • Switched from plain wheat flour to multigrain flour.
  • Started consuming organic food as much as possible.
  • Resumed my yoga practice (after taking a break from it ever since lil N was born).
And you know what is the best change of all? We got a pet pup in May which has led to more exercise for us all :-) I love the mornings when I actually have time to do 30 minutes of yoga followed by taking the dog out for a run. Those mornings also include us meeting with his friends in the apartment complex. It is a complete body and mind therapy for both - the pup and me:-) Ah...I cannot describe how good I feel the rest of that day! You know the icing on the cake? While I am doing yoga at home, hubby dear is out dropping lil N to school and doing his morning brisk walk in a park near the school for an hour after that. So both of us are happy our workout for the day is over with. On weekend mornings all of us head out into the tennis court for a doggies play date where we meet up our dog owner friends (with their pets ofcourse) and all of us have a great time hanging out.

So I am sure it is not much of a surprise that this is the year we finally gave birth to our own venture towards spreading health - www.shophealthy.in as well as a new blog where I blog exclusively on health related topics - http://shophealthy.blogspot.in

So what do you all do to stay healthy and happy? Tell me more...I am curious to hear.  

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Really Doggies playdate? SBJ

Divs said...

Yes my dear...Simba has his own set of friends whom he meets daily now :-) And through him, we are making more friends too :-)

Simran said...

Great ideas Divs! Keep going good on the resolution! Cheers to healthy and happy living!!

Divs said...

Thanks Simran. Yeah...I plan to make this a lifestyle instead of just a resolution :-) Cheers!

Rohini said...

Which reminds me, I need to write a doggie post as well.

Kudos on sticking with the resolution.

Divs said...

Ro - nice to hear from you. Doggie post huh? Do you also have a pet? Now I am curious to read abt it...write soon :-)

Themommyguide said...

Your post inspired me to get healthy as well :) plus all your points are really easy to follow..

Jyoti said...

Hi Div, very inspired by your post. It's my resolution too, and have started taking some steps but its been a slow process for me. But tell me why cut down on tea and coffee? I thought some amount of caffeine is actually good for you. Keep the tips coming.

online baby shopping said...

Thanks for sharing your diet tips with us.. Your post inspired me to control my diet. So, now following your diet plans to remain healthy.

View Site said...

Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Anyway, I'll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.

Divs said...

Hi Jyoti,
Nice to see you on my blog after ages :-) Glad that the post inspired you. Regarding caffeine, from all the research I have done, no amount of stimulant is really good for the body. Although if you really can't live without any, some tea is ok but really not coffee. Green tea is still better as it is an antioxidant as well.

Divs said...

@Online baby shopping, @ View Site - and @ Themommyguide :
Welcome to my blog. Glad I was able to inspire you in some way. Hope to see you here often.

Dipika said...

love your idea of a blog around health and a shop around health too. I have a site around home decor and am shortly launching an eshop for home accessories :):)

Play angry Birds said...

Nice stuff..Keep posting

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Sangeetha Menon said...

Great ..my bby is 6months old and am too lazy to start caring for my skin and body..Yours was an inspiration for me..Do keep your progress posted so that I can be motivated no and then .

Thanks for the wonderful post.

Cheers
Sangeetha Menon
www.bumpsnbaby.com

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Perry said...

The article is to good and very interesting. Great ideas u have shared, & this is really important for diet. Thanks for sharing the info.

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