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There are many things I love about making healthy choices. To me living healthy means MUCH more than just healthy food choices (although as a R.D. this is HIGH on my priority list) – but it also means
* Staying “functionally fit” with cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility training.
* Maintaining healthy relationships with family, friends and people I interact with.
* Continuing to engage and improve my mental fitness
* Living life with intention, purpose and integrity
When it comes to the “heavy hitters” – here are my loves….
FAMILY – my family is my main Healthy Love – I want to be healthy so that I can be around long enough to be a burden to my wonderful 8 year old daughter and, hopefully, her kids as well. 2013 will be 20 years of marriage for me and my hubby Shane and I definitely want to make sure my health will stay strong for another say – 50+ years. We’ll both be pretty old geezers by then!
Also, I want to be healthy so I can set a good example for them as well as my other family members. If I can inspire others in my family to make healthier choices by providing a good example of that myself then everyone benefits.
PRIDE AND ACCOMPLISHMENT
Maybe its my upbringing or my Type A career mindedness – but I LOVE to have a professional as well as personal sense of accomplishment and pride. When I am living a healthy life and feeling good about myself inside and out I carry with me a feeling of integrity that comes from living in accordance with my core values
Healthful living keeps me energetic both physically as well as mentally. I can do more, go more, engage more and live with vitality and zest! Sort of like at the end of a vigorous yoga practice – when you lie in shavasana and can feel your body buzzing with prana! Its an awesome sensation and it carries you throughout your day/life.
Being healthy makes me feel confident. I am strong, healthy, able to move and do things as I please, able to wear clothes better and carry myself with a sense of ease and grace.
And in addition to these more lofty ideals there are plenty day to day sources of healthy happiness that I enjoy without an ounce of shame. Just a few of these are:
LULULEMON – I don’t care what anyone says – its great quality and style and provides motivation as well as inspiration to reach my goals!
GREAT MUSIC – The 8 tracks app for my iphone is my newest fixation.
RAWXIES – These are great all natural snacks created by a woman. Healthy, Delicious and shaped liked hearts! www.rawxies.com
BAI DRINKS – Great flavored water with only 35 calories and a touch of caffeine each. www.drinkbai.com
CHOBANI – What can I say – I know I’m not alone here!
SIMPLY SNACKIN BEEF JERKY – available online. Great, easy source of protein, low in calories too! www.simplysnackin.com
FIBER ONE CEREALS – Love these for the high fiber, low calories, portability and fill-me-up factor!
360 BAGS – The most well organized work out/gym bags I have ever seen. They are a splurge but so worth it. The design is so well thought out – think perfect pockets for all your needs. www.livewell360.com
Healthy Living is like LIFE – its a journey you should ENJOY!
Namaste – Jessica