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04/28/2010

Healthy Intentions

1729076.bin I'm not big on strict diets. I'm far from being a health nut. I certainly don't drink enough water. I feel like dessert should be a food group. I admit, I have poor, unhealthy eating habits. I want to eat better all the time, but I don't think it's fair to deprive one's self from a tasty treat. I'm human. Besides moderation is key right?

Seems like I'm always tired. I mean yes, I stay at home with a 4 and 1 year old, and I just turned 30. I should be tired. Honestly though I shouldn't require a nap daily. I should have more energy. I decided that this version of me that felt run down and lacked motivation had to go!

I started out doing some yoga. Hands down the best choice I made. My kids even try and do the poses. I have done yoga now for about 2 months on a daily basis. I can not tell you how much better I sleep at night and how less stressed I feel. I still needed energy and stamina during the day. I knew I needed to consume more healthy foods. I knew I was lacking in fresh fruits and vegetables. I found a blog written by a Clinical Nutritionist named, Kimberly Snyder. She's posted some smoothie recipes. She inspired me so much, that I thought I'd give them a try. At first when I looked what she put in them, I turned up my nose.  Putting celery, spinach, apples, bananas, and cilantro (just to name a few) together and drinking it didn't sound that appealing to me. I like all those foods, just not mixed up! I am one though to try new things, and figured it wouldn't kill me, so I gave it a go.

I tried it, and I must say that after a few days now I'm hooked. My boys love to watch me make these smoothies in the blender. Even my picky 4 year old drank some today and said it was good. I mean that's killing two birds with one stone right?

With all this fresh veggie and fruit consumption going on it is making me want to venture down another road. Gardening. I giggle as I type that word because if you know me at all, you know I don't grow things, except babies of course. I don't do well with plants. Oh-how-I-wish I did! Granted I am surrounded by wonderful farms and local farmer's markets that allow you to pick your own, but there is something so appealing to me about walking out my back door and grabbing some fresh produce.

I'm attending a local Spring Plant Sale this weekend where I hope to learn some more, or have someone tell me that I'm not crazy and that I can do this. I hope all the different plants and herbs don't intimidate me, but most likely they will. I'm planning on starting small. I'm hoping for an herb garden with the help from a friend. Then I will work my way up, hopefully to a small produce garden that will provide for my family and I. I want to show my growing boys how important it is to grow something which will benefit you. To watch something grow which was planted by your own hands and hard work. I want to start better eating habits, and show my boys to keep an open mind about trying new things. Even if at first you turn your nose up to it or it intimidates you, you might realize it's good and good for you!

This is an Ohio Moms Blog post.

Randi also blogs at My Moments As Told By Me

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