Monday, October 14, 2013

Being a healthier you + $100 spafinder giveaway



Being a mom of two is busy. Being a mom of two, working at night in a hospital, taking care of the home, pet, and writing a blog from time to time is busy. Making appointments, getting to those appointments, activities, and playdates is busy. Meal planning {and making} is busy. And before you know it, you are just constantly telling the whole world on how busy you are. All the time.

Except, the word cannot possibly illustrate the amount of "busy" that you are. Not even close.
Now that I have told you how busy I really am, let me further explain one thing that is lacking in my life. Exercise. Something that I struggle with a lot is finding the time to get away in order to go running, squeeze in a workout, and do a quick video with Jillian Michaels.

Therefore, I have to learn how to compromise and make it work with my ongoing responsibilities involving the kids, house, and work. But with time, there have been a few things that I am able to do throughout the week that help me feel healthier and a better me.
In addition, I believe staying healthy and active goes beyond physical activity. It is also about maintaining a healthy balance in your diet. This can be easily remedied using Probiotic Pearls which i will talk about later on in this post.  
Here are some tips that I have compiled from personal experience:
1. Walking. With two little ones running around? There is a lot of opportunity to walk. Now that we have cooler weather, the kids and I try to squeeze in a walk in the early morning or late afternoon. It's a great way for us to start the day, or sometimes end the day. We have the same path that we walk to, either around the lake or to the park. Of course for the kids, the second path always takes preference. The park.
2. Thinking smart. This means: parking far away. Another component that forces me to have to walk further, especially when at the grocery store and having to push a big cart around. Not to mention, I babywear Graham most of the time, which then adds 20 pounds to my walk. And secondly, taking the stairs. Unless I have the stroller with me, then it's me and the stairs with the kids. We try to make this fun and count our steps as we go and sometimes we will go down and up again. Per my daughter's request.
3. Water water water. Staying hydrated is so important, and I always have a large water jug with us on our walks, in the car, and at the park. I bring one for my daughter as well and make sure to ask her frequently about drinking water. Since making the switch to only drinking water, it's amazing how much better I feel.
4. Fruits and vegetables. Lots of them. Shop more in the produce than any other section at the grocery store. Best advice ever given to me.

5. Playing ball. My daughter is at a very active age right now and loves to hit the soccer ball around. Also, my husband used to play basketball, and we happened to move into a home that has a basketball goal, so when we have the opportunity, we like to play together. Of course I always win.
6. Bounce. I have to say, nothing keeps the attention of the kids as a big bouncy ball. So throughout the day I try to jump on this thing and do some ab workouts. They think it's hilarious, my belly thinks it is torture. But it's worth it. Even if it's just for 5 minutes multiple times throughout the day.

While we are on the topic of making healthy choices, let's talk about Probiotic Pearls. One thing that I have read as an important element in living a healthy lifestyle for others was maintaining a healthy digestive system. Makes sense right?

Probiotics helps the digestive system by delivering the "good" bacteria to the intestines, and because of their three layers, they survive through the stomach acid to reach their destination. One there, the good bacteria is then released to maintain an optimal healthy digestive and immune system.

Have a busy lifestyle? They come in a small round shape making it easy to swallow.

Overall, I think it is important for all of us to find ways to be at our healthiest self. For me, it's not just about me anymore. I have a husband and two children that need me. And I believe as parents, we have to work toward giving ourselves the best opportunity for a long healthy life.

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67 comments:

  1. Walking, jogging and swimming are some of my favorites. Fiber and protein are also essential and help with a healthy digestive system. Just gotta keep moving, any little bit helps even with our busy ever day life.

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  2. As a nursing mom with 4 kids I try to set a good example for them by choosing healthy snacks and they follow my lead some of our favorites are seasonal fruits and hummus and veggies and lots of water. We recently cut out all juice and offer water instead.

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  3. As a nursing mom with 4 kids I try to set a good example for them by choosing healthy snacks and they follow my lead some of our favorites are seasonal fruits and hummus and veggies and lots of water. We recently cut out all juice and offer water instead.

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  4. As a student and mom of 3, I'm always snacking and most snacks are not healthy. I'm trying to get in the habit of not buying anything BUT healthy. My thinking: "if its not in the house, you wont be tempted to eat it."

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  5. As a student and mom of 3, I'm always snacking and most snacks are not healthy. I'm trying to get in the habit of not buying anything BUT healthy. My thinking: "if its not in the house, you wont be tempted to eat it."

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  6. I complete a workout routine atleast 5 days a week. I help train family members. I always pick an activity that gets us outside and being active for the kids. I also set an example with healthy meals, snacks, and proper balance with meals.

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  7. Choosing not to snack, and if I do, to snack on fruit! Plus, I only buy ice cream, cookies or chips once every few months!

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  8. We try to stay active with either biking, hiking, or walking. We also have fruit smoothies for breakfast with frozen fruit, yogurt, probiotic, spinach, and 100% juice.

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  9. I tweeted, here's the link:
    https://twitter.com/brittanywalsh/status/389924759690960896

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  10. HA! Foster mom over here. The visits and appointments are endless--- Like you, I always park far away to walk to and from. Not only are the visits and appointments endless, but so are the needy babies...... who I smother in love. AKA I'm always carrying someone up and down the stairs or around wherever we are. I also try to teach great habits--- so I too drink LOTS of water, eat healthy (fruits and veggies galore) and take lots of walks outside to enjoy the beauty with the baby! :) Staying healthy makes me happy...... Going to the gym doesn't...... So I am always looking for alternatives! LOVE your list and reading everyone else's lists, too! :)

    THANK YOU.

    I tweeted................ https://twitter.com/furandfostermom/status/389927110699413504

    Love, Fur and Foster Mom :)

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  11. I try to keep healthy food on hand so I'm not having sugar all day long!

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  12. I love this....Ive been trying to drink more water and maybe only have one other type of drink through the day but Ive found putting cucumber in water makes it taste much better!!! We have cut out buying a lot of junk food.

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  13. We load up on veggies in my house! I'm so grateful that my little guy loves them!

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  14. I tweeted!! https://twitter.com/FromMrstoMom/status/390105247525261312

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  15. I keep healthy snacks in my desk and fridge at work! Humus and carrots, fruits, nuts!

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  16. I don't I am horrible! I seriously need to get on this.

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  17. We try to keep healthy snacks available at all times even when we are out and about. We drink lots and lots of water and try to get in some type of exercise in daily.

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  18. I exercise regularly and try to get a good amount of fiber in my diet. :)

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  19. I run four days a week and make sure to eat a lot of yogurt

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  20. Eat lots of fiber -- apples are a great source!

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  21. As a mom that is nursing our first child I try to keep active and have a balanced diet for all of us. Fiber is very important in all of diets!

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  22. I work out when time allows and cut back on sugars and sodas.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  23. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/rhoneygee/status/391487065461768192

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  24. I walk or bike everyday and have recently started eating more fiber. I am also trying to cut most caffeine out of my diet.

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  25. I try to limit my caffeine intake and drink plenty of water along with a some-what healthy diet:)
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  26. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/391738823224614912
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  27. we walk!! and try to eat healthy!

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  28. I enjoy V8 fruit juices, so even if life's crazy I still get my fruits and veggies

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  29. tweeted

    https://twitter.com/MelindaJoy926/status/391983754110988288

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  30. I try to eat lots of fruits,veggies & water when im on the go.
    njharmonyg@aol.com

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  31. tweet https://twitter.com/hburmeister/status/392982342811131904
    njharmonyg@aol.com

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  32. Try to get as much rest as possible!1

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  33. tweet

    https://twitter.com/HalleelujahMom/status/393369652610342912

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  34. i try to eat lots of veggies and fruits everyday
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  35. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/393570341781381121
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  36. I drink TONS of water and when I eat turkey/chicken sandwiches for lunch I use double fiber bread!

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  37. tweeted https://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/394114128618352640

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  38. alot of heathy snacks when i am on the go. it helps me make better choices

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  39. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/394172017470996480

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  40. I eat yogurt with active cultures 3 -4 times a week.
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. my bring green smoothies in the car as our snack pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  42. here's my tweet https://twitter.com/pryfamily5/status/395589954547761152 pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  43. i try to eat lots of fruits and vegetables

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  44. I posted a tweet:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/395715997975707648

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  45. i track my water intake with an app! scg00387 at yahoo dto com

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  46. https://twitter.com/scg00387/status/395722156975214592

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  47. I brew kombucha at home! It's always available.

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  48. Tweet: https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/395983410163744768
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  49. I pack a ton of snacks so I won't get tempted to eat fast food, which never does my stomach any favors!

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  50. I cut down on soda and drink lots of water and tea throughout the say as a way to create a healthy digestive habit. thanks for sharing your tips.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  51. tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/395994610314379264
    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  52. I drink lots of water!

    wlbellows at gmail dot com

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  53. https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/396114739681431552

    wlbellows at gmail dot com

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  54. I make it a goal to "eat from the rainbow" to make sure I am getting a good variety of vitamins and minerals from my foods.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  55. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/396788450591903744

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  56. I add in some flax seed to my cereal, snack on yogurt in the afternoon, and eat fruits high in fiber such as fiber. :)


    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  57. tweeted! :) https://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/397163900732329984

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  58. I pack healthy snack to take to work like apples and trail mixes.

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  59. Tweet!
    https://twitter.com/KaizenFashion/status/397993154642591745
    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  60. Snacks are either fresh fruit or greek yogurt. More veggies than starches at mealtime and I'm trying to cut back on caffeine.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  61. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/400887308070551552

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  62. I drink a lot of water and eat a lot of grains
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  63. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/401439628634226688
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  64. I do yoga and eat healthy.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  65. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/401468522011688960

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  66. I eat fruits and veggies and drink lots of water

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  67. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/401527162550763520

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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