Easy Ways for a Healthier Lifestyle


 
As a healthcare provider I find myself trying to help my patients achieve a healthier lifestyle every single day.  It’s amazing what a little education to can do on the matter for a patient.  How I approach it is to encourage my patients to make small steps towards bigger success.  It’s something I have to apply to myself as well.  As a busy working mom of two my own health can often can pushed to the wayside as I spend my day taking care of others.  When I need to re-focus on my own healthier lifestyle I take it one step at a time.  It can be overwhelming to tackle everything in a “right this very second or else” manner.  So I thought I would share some simple changes you can make to live a healthier lifestyle.

 

Get Adequate Sleep

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The average adult needs 7-8 quality hours of sleep a night.  Your brain needs sleep to function properly.  In fact, while you are sleeping your brain is processing information, forming new pathways, and helps you remember things.  Sleep also helps maintain the balance of your hunger hormones.  The less sleep you have the hungrier you often feel (which I can attest to personally haha).  

 

Exercise Regularly

Workout

 

Exercise is a fabulous way to stay healthy.  Making time for it can be the challenge.  Aiming for 30 minutes a day most days of the week is a pretty solid recommendation.  Even if it’s just walking the dog or doing a workout video finding time to move is important.  Exercise helps to improve mood (hello endorphins), decrease stress, and sleep better.

 

Drink More Water

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I can’t tell you how many times I ask how much water someone is drinking and I get “I drink a lot!  I drink at least 4 glasses a day!”  Water intake is something that most people can improve upon.  Our body is composed of about 60% water.  Take that in for a second.  Water helps you function better and flushes toxins out of your body.  Aiming for half your body weight in water a day is a great goal!

 

Take a Multivitamin

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One of my friend’s introduced me to New Chapter vitamins awhile back and I am so glad she did!  When I had the chance to partner with them for this post I jumped.  They ferment the individual vitamins and minerals with beneficial probiotics and whole foods to transform the multivitamins into whole-food fermented nutrients.  Even better?  They are sustainable, vegetarian, and non-GMO.  I’ve been loving the New Chapter Woman’s One Daily Multivitamin for a number of reasons.  First, it contains nutrients for stress, energy, and immune and bone support*.  Goodness knows I need help in ALL those areas!  One thing I appreciate too is that the vitamins are gentle enough to take on an empty stomach.

 

Eat a Balanced Diet

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I think eating a well-rounded diet kind is kind of a  no-brainer but it is still challenging for a lot of people.  I spend a lot of time educating my patients on proper nutrition and won’t hesitate to refer them to our dietitians if they need further help.  This is advice I could stand to take myself a little bit more often than I have been.

 

There you go!  Those are my 5 easiest tips for living a healthier lifestyle.  I’d love to hear yours in the comments!

 

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Our Next Adventure

I’ve been putting off sharing this on the blog mainly because I am not quite ready for it to be true, but alas the time is coming quickly upon us for the Army to move our family out of our sweet Savannah and on to a new adventure.  We knew that another move was on the horizon but for months were waiting to see where we would end up.  At the beginning of the this month we got the official word that our family is Missouri bound!

 

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Long-time readers might remember that we were actually stationed in Missouri before moving to Savannah so this assignment is one that is familiar to us!  In fact, Emmalyne was born there so I have fond memories of our time in MO.  However, there will be some big adjustments for our family in the months ahead.  We will have to re-adapt to small town living because our location is quite rural.  I am SO bummed to be saying goodbye to the delicious restaurants of Savannah and I foresee many weekends spent in St. Louis to get our foodie fix 😉

 

I am excited for this next step in our lives.  Chris is super pumped about his job as he will be instructing junior officers.  I am pumped to know where I can look for a job.  One of the pros in our minds too of small town life is the emphasis on family time and the friendships that you create when the outside world doesn’t sneak in.  Some of our very best friends from our time in Texas will be stationed there with us so I am envisioning BBQs, play dates, and lots of laughter in the months to come.

 

We don’t leave until April so in the meantime we have our work cut out for us.  Our house goes on the market in a week, I have 59 days (!!!) left of PA school, and boards will quickly follow.  We plan to make the most of our remaining time in Savannah and check off some of the restaurants that remain on our wish list too!

 

Any-who … I am excited to finally share this news with you all!  Positive thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated over these next few months because I have quite a bit on my plate!

 

 

Dreaming of Binging on Netflix

You guys … Somehow I am 4 short days from finishing my 6th rotation which means I am also THIS close to a break. Not just any break … My last winter break ever.  I’m in denial and trying not to realize THAT part of it. 
But needless to say I am ready for some time off. You see, PA school during clinical year is SO much better than didactic but there’s pesky PANCE at the end so on top of working full time you have to make time to study. Throw in projects for your preceptor and two kids to boot and it can get pretty tiring. I’m in desperate need of some down time. 
 
So I’m dreaming about binge-watching some Netflix, while drinking cocoa, in my yoga pants. Basically I’m dreaming of heaven. I have me eye on some shows and have yet to decide what my guilty pleasure will be. I had to admit this but I never watched Gilmore Girls while it was out so that’s currently leading the pack. 

  
 
Or maybe it’ll be another throw back with One Tree Hill. Or Walking Dead. All I know is that for at least one day I don’t want to get off the couch. 
 
Please tell me I’m not alone in wanting to binge out on some TV. 
 
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Family Movie Night

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Happy Monday friends!  I hope your weekend was as good as ours!  I am LOVING having more time on the weekends just to enjoy my family.  This weekend that meant family movie night and a special treat!  Yesterday afternoon while Bryn napped Emmie and I tore up the kitchen.  We decided that homemade caramel corn was in order for our movie date!

 

Caramel Corn

 

This was my first time making homemade caramel corn and I used this recipe.  It was MUCH easier than I thought it would be and Emmie was fully able to help me with it.  She dumped the ingredients and helped me stir it up!  We did the rest of our weekly meal prep while it was baking away.  Once it was done it was time to pick out a movie!

 

Netflix

 

Luckily Netflix had a ton of options for us to choose from.  Emmie settled on How to Train Your Dragon 2.  I really enjoyed the first movie so I was pretty excited to watch the sequel.  One of the many perks of having kids is having the excuse to watch animated movies 😉  Em loved the dragons and thought the baby ones were “so cute”.  She snuggled in her polka dot chair, munched on popcorn, and vegged out.

 

Emmie

 

I really couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon!  If you haven’t seen How to Train Your Dragon 2 you’re missing out.

 

What was the highlight of your weekend?

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Five Things Friday

5 Things Friday

 

 

1.  I am drowning in evidenced based medicine.

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My attending is SUPER focused on evidence based medicine and assigns several research papers a day to read.  I am all about EBM but the papers are a bit overwhelming.  I am still working on figuring out how to manage preparing for clinic the next day with having to prepare for end of rotation and formative exams.  Sigh.

 

2.  I need to workout.  Bad.

I think I have worked out once since starting rotations and I feel it!  I think the only way I am going to fit them in this rotation is to get up at 4:45AM and workout.  WOOF.  I don’t know what 30 minutes makes such a difference to me but it does.  Keep me accountable to try harder this next week?

 

3.  I walk.  A lot.

Walking

While I may not be working out, I am FOR SURE walking.  My iPhone has the Health app and tracks my steps.  Since my iPhone is always in my white coat at work it definitely keeps up with my steps in the hospital.  I average 4-5 miles during a shift.  I have to say though that my body has rebelled.  Standing/walking all day is a huge adjustment and one I am still getting used to.

 

4.  I love my little black dress.

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I scored this perfect Kate Spade dress at my trip to the outlets a few weeks ago.  It fits perfectly and is crazy comfortable.  The best part is that I got it for $55 …. marked down from $300.  Every girl needs a perfect black dress and this is it!

 

5.  I really like salad bars.

Lunch

The hospital cafeteria has a pretty great salad bar and I am loving it for lunch.  However, my wallet is not so I need to make a point to pack salads next week for sure.