Weekends aren’t a time I usually write a blog post. It’s Saturday morning and I’ve been up almost 3 hours. For my husband it’s just another work day, so for me it was just another day to get him off to work. The unfortunate thing about this weekend, both days are going to just another day for us. He has to work on Sunday too. No day off this week. So here I am blogging for the fun of it to fill my time until the rest of the family gets up.
Lately, I’ve been considering joining the ranks of people who are into the healthy habit of ‘juicing’ as a way to improve my dietary intake. This isn’t a new phenomenon, I remember my mom doing something like it, however, her version years ago was a little different. I still have her old commercial “Vita-mixer” although I don’t have all the parts and pieces and what I do have is basically a loud, heavy duty, reversible blender. Who knows what ever happened to the other parts and pieces? It is so old that even the company website doesn’t recognize it’s model. So there is no way I could get replacement parts.
My interest in juicing came about because I’ve been reading a lot lately about natural healthy diets, and my BFF keeps posting things about it on her FB page. I’m not necessarily looking for a weight loss diet type of diet but one that improves my nutritional intake and will help me to become healthier. I’m not really ‘sick’ in the sense that I have a chronic disease, but, I could use more energy. After all, young grandchildren in my life need a more energetic grandma.
To obtain the most benefit from this endeavor I know that I need to make a few other lifestyle changes. I’ve been working on quitting smoking, not as easy as it was 24 years ago when I quit for 16 years. Back then it was just me, now there are other smokers in the house that aren’t doing very well at quitting or aren’t even trying, and that makes it a little more difficult to resist temptation. I also need to consider cutting back on the amount of coffee I drink. I’m thinking transitioning to green tea will make that pretty easy. Candy, I have to admit I have a sweet tooth and I keep a personal stash of candy, mostly chocolate, that I am loathe to share with anyone else. I’ll have refrain from that sweet indulgence, and from the homemade bread that my husband makes, and the frequent pasta meals I’ve been eating. I’m not saying I’ll eliminate those things completely and forever, just they will be rare treats to my palate.
I’m pretty certain that I won’t be able to comfortably make all the changes all at once. If I did I’m sure that I would fail completely to make any of the changes on a long term basis. Changes will have to be gradual , one thing at a time, or small changes in multiple areas at the same time. Maybe in a year’s time I’ll have transformed my daily habits enough to actually be healthier. A healthier, more energetic me has potential to get a lot more done than I do now, discounting my natural tendency to just be lazy. But maybe that too is function of energy levels. I do know that there are days I have more energy and I get a lot more done on those days. I’d like to have more of those, so a slow migration to a healthier lifestyle is my goal to achieve more of those energetic days.
Here’s to happy, healthy living.