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What kinds of things do you do for health?

post #1 of 19
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I was wondering what you do to keep yourself and those you love healthy. What kind of diet do you have, what kind of exercise, things you avoid, that type of thing.

My husband and I try to stay away from foods that are processed/refined/artificial. We avoid eating plastic as much as possible, by using stoneware, glass, metal, wax paper, and aluminum foil. We stay away from chemical cleaners, laminates and other vinyl, in our environment. In our home, we use stone, wood, leather, and cloth. We try to buy pesticide-free foods when possible, and try not to eat mass-produced meats. We drink lots of water. We always wash our hands before we eat...

We also like to swim, and we walk whenever possible. We keep our budget under control so we don't accumulate debt (which cuts down on stress). We also get all our doctor checkups regularly.

I'm very interested to hear your ideas of healthy things you do for yourself!

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post #2 of 19
Me personally - I hit the gym and exercise regurally. Especially since i have some fertility issues and othe GI problems. Proper exercise is very important- and it might increase my chances of being able to become pregnant when the time is right- so i'm really trying to take care of myself. Also- i try to eat healthy. I'm not huge on fried/fatty foods. I make just about everything i eat and rarely ever eat out (also- i have lots of GI issues and some food allergies- so making my own food is not only cheaper- i also know what goes in it and can avoid "trigger" foods that aggervate my symptoms. Also- I have not had a soft drink in over well over 8 years. I quit drinking them years ago when i was running track/cross country- ( everthing in them for the most part is horrible to your body and slows you down) and never picked up the habit again. I do drink sweet tea and other teas on occassion -mostly caffine free for the most part. Also - i drink water like a horse!!! Not on purpose eithor- i'm just always thirsty- water is good for your body and very purifying. / I also see my doctors regurally for checkups to maintain good health and also preform a self breast exam at home regurally- even though i'm 21...i feel like now is a good age to start that so that i can know what's normal and what's not for me since i am at a higher risk for breast cancer than most./ lets see, we also keep our home very clean- we vaccume and dust regurlaly (i have allergies and astmah- but they rarely ever act up thanks to Singulair and a clean home!). Also- i avoid some cleaners that trigger my astmah and stick with the ones that don't / Lets see....we also recycle regurally and use energy efficient air filters and light bulbs in the house I also avoid being around people who smoke or use really strong perfumes/colognes as much as possible (no offense to anyone) - i am incredably allergic to the stuff- even if i get the slightest wiff of it on someones clothing=automatic astmah attack. We also use special logs when we light fires in the hosue (which isn't often) (duraflame i think it is) the ones that are low emmission and not bad on allergies

(by the way- great thread!!! it's nice to see how others take care of themselves and hopefully this thread will motivate others to take good care of their health)
post #3 of 19
that is tough, I used to hit the gym alot, cause if did not i would have been 500 pounds. I like to eat, no i love to eat , if was cooked and did not move i had to try it. Now however i have been leaning to eat all over aging after getting hurt, and being unable to go to the gym. I stay away from surger as much as a i can. i try to get milk that has not had the horomons put in the cow, eat more veiggies now. alot more. No pop, only water, coffee, tea, milk. up until my operation i had started going to the gym to swim since i am not allowed to life weights.

if i can ever walk normal again, then i will be back to hiking in the woods for sure
post #4 of 19
My fiance and I are both on Weight Watchers; he's lost over sixty pounds, and I've lost over twenty. We've been eating healthy foods for a long while now, but our portion sizes were way off, and that (coupled with an addiction to very unhealthy junk food and lack of exercise) led to weight gain. Now we eat very little processed or prepared foods; partly because processed foods tend to cost more "Points" under the Weight Watchers program, and partly because the stuff we make ourselves tastes so much better (I can't help but notice that the majority of prepared meals are decidedly lacking in spices and herbs ... no flavour at all!). We both take multivitamins (I also take calcium, vitamin D, and a B12 supplement) and we both drink a lot of water. We never buy pop or coffee, and only drink them when we (rarely) go out to restaurants. We also try new recipes and new kinds of food every week in an effort to keep our diet more interesting and more varied. I should also point out that because I have migraines, I have to be very cautious about what kinds of food I eat, because some things (caffeine, aspartame, heavily processed meats) can be trigger foods. I haven't had a migraine since October because of the changes I've made to my diet and lifestyle.

At home, we're fairly chemical free. Again, this is mostly due to my migraines: air "fresheners" and strongly-scented cleaning products trigger migraines and bad headaches, so we generally stick to plain old vinegar, baking soda and water for cleaning. We don't use anti-bacterial anything -- I used to work for a lab that studies anti-microbial resistance, and one of the things they were researching was whether or not our overuse of anti-bacterial sprays/washes was contributing to the increase in drug-resistant illnesses. We wash with soap and water, or vinegar and water. Smoking is not allowed in our home (I'm allergic) and neither of us is a smoker.

I joined a gym and aim to go two to three times a week; J doesn't go to a gym, but he gets a lot of exercise in at work. We go for walks together (when the weather's nice) and work out together at home. I'd like to get involved in more physical activities, but have yet to find a sport or game I really enjoy (or can afford -- I like playing hockey and make a great goalie, but can't afford the equipment).

For my mental health, I journal a lot and try to find interesting and stimulating things to read. J and I talk a lot and use each other as sounding boards; we also both have other friends that we can talk and vent to. We have a large social group and see our friends almost every day, and we make time and effort to see our families frequently as well. Our cats also play a big part in keeping us healthy and sane (although not so much at 3am! ); we can vent to Spike and Oz and know that we won't be judged. And caring for our cats gives us something to fuss over and feel needed for, which I think every person needs.

So, although we're both overweight (me more than him), we're in pretty good shape and are working on getting even better. My migraines have pretty much gone away entirely, allergies rarely bother us, and neither of us ever gets sick (well, maybe once a year, if that -- and if J gets sick, it lasts for less than a day before he's well again). We try to take good care of ourselves and of each other (and of our cats, too, of course! ).
post #5 of 19
Well lets see i dont exericise persay, as in go tothe gym or do a routine but

I walk two dogs everyday

I horse back ride

I ballroom dance

I swim, ect. so i think that counts as excerise.

We eat as healthy as we can i know we could use more veggies in our diet here at this house, but its something I am working on. I have never been a huge veggie eater, i do love fruit though so maybe that balances a ittle bit.

We get farm fresh meat.

my other down fall is I LOVE soda...

working on cutting back and drinking more juice though.
post #6 of 19
I am on Weight Watchers and try to eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. I eat only about 3 to 6 ounces of meat per day and have seriously cut down on my red meat consumption. I try not to drink sodas or eat fast food. I drink lots of water. I also try to go to the gym 5 times a week.
post #7 of 19
Thank you for the info on PVC. I have a new vinyl shower curtain, that i will not be putting up now. I will go to BB&B to see what they have.

I do as the others have posted, try to avoid chemicals at every turn. I am so mad now, because yesterday someone sprayed LYSOL in their cube, which makes me and a few others in the office ill. People are so inconsiderate, because it doesn't affect them, they think others that are affected are lyi8ng, or exagerating. It really ticks me off, so much, I am calling in sick today. I have a docs appointment anyway, so instead of a few hours, I am taking the whole day.

ONe way to take care is read the food labels, and avoid anything that has high fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated fats.

I really need to lose around 30 pounds, and stop with the candy. You know dark choclate is an antioxidant. My excuse: )
post #8 of 19
I'm neurotic about getting 2 hours of exercise a day. (Obesity definitely runs in my family, and I don't want to go there.) Usually one hour is walking my dog. The other is usually either yoga or pilates. Weekends DH and I play badminton and our boys take Badminton lessons. In the summer, biking and tennis are added into the mix.

We're vegetarians, and I don't buy soda except for the occasional ginger ale for upset stomachs. I drink OJ for breakfast, but after that water is the only thing I drink. DH is always checking ingredients, so not too much junk food either. (Please tell me milk chocolate has some antioxidants too )

I try to stick to natural cleaners and laundry detergents (when I do clean--I've read its healthier to have some dirt and germs in your home, so I try to do my part. )

For my mental health, I joined a Mother's Group 11 years ago and we're still going strong. We have meetings, girls' nights out, book club, and weekends away. They definitely saved my sanity.
post #9 of 19
I get enough sleep, for one. I also avoid overbooking myself.

I stretch and do breathing excercises and/or yoga daily.

I don't own a car, so I walk or bike everywhere. I don't do any organized excercise, but I'll likely have time to come spring.

I try as best I can to avoid refined and processed foods, especially refined sugars.

I don't use chemical cleaners or anti-biotic products (like hand sanitizer etc)

I have kitties!

I'm a vegetarian. I try to include at MINIMUM 2 different fresh veggies into each meal.

I drink plenty of water...but I DON'T drink pop or juice with added sugar or sports drinks. Just tea, water and 100% fruit or veggie juices.
post #10 of 19
I try to walk to miles a day, I recently bought a treadmill so I can do my walking when it is cold or rainy.

I have cut down on my smoking too.

Other than that, that is all that I do.

I eat what I want, when I want, and how much I want.
post #11 of 19
Hm, I don't get as much exercise as I should, but my walk to class every morning is 20 mins, plus my job is all standing up, so by the time I get home at 6 or 10.30 I usually don't feel like exercise I hardly have time to sleep anymore.

When I am sick (like right now) I stay home. I wish everyone would do that! It's so gross when you have to sit next to someone for two hours who is snotting into a rag and coughing and so on, and that's why everyone's sick all the time. STAY HOME! I want to yell at them (Yes, I have the flu right now, and yes, I think it's because of the guy sitting next to me snotting into a rag) I think one of the worst things health-wise in America is this crazy idea that we have to go to work and school and everything else when we're sick. Nobody else does that. It's stupid, and unhealthy, and ends up costing your company, your coworkers, your classmates, etc. Sorry for the sidetrack...

I have been a vegetarian for almost 8 years now.

I quit smoking around Christmas. (Okay, so I slipped three or four times)

I have a cat.

I am trying to achieve something that really makes me happy (though it may take me years to do, and thousands and thousands of dollars) and I really think that a 9-5 job would be positively soul-crushing to me.

I carry pepper spray and notice things around me, and keep the door locked.
post #12 of 19
Staying in shape is important to me too!
1. I try go to the gym 6 days a week

2. I try to maintain a vegan diet and avoid chemical or processed foods (I am trying to cut back on the dancing bananas)

3. I don't smoke

4. I try to get enough sleep

5. I try to brush and floss at least twice a day

6. I have a cat!
Catfriend
post #13 of 19
I walk just about everywhere. Just going to school and back every day is an hour of walking.

I'm nearly vegetarian (eat meat only when I'm eating out at someone else's place) and I try to avoid processed food as much as I can.
Actually nowadays, most of what I eat is vegan. Lunches during weekdays are always vegan (provided on a pay-what-you-can basis at the university )

I sleep at least 8 hours (I wouldn't be able to function if I didn't)

I drink pretty much only tea, water and 100% pure fruit juice.

The only thing I'm not taking care of properly these days is my stress level. I started practicing meditating but I haven't in a while... I keep telling myself that I don't have time even if I know that the benefits far outweigh the few minutes that it takes.

I have been very tense lately and I need to take the time to relax or I'm gonna break down soon!
post #14 of 19
I'll be the slacker in this thread...
I have a gym membership but I was getting sick often before i got pregnant (bowel problems) and now I am waiting my prenatal physicial and the okay from the doctor to go back to the gym, also I need to know what exercises I can do and which types to stay away from. I mostly do strength training and cardio...keep my muscles lean and my arms toned.

I eat well, but I do like burgers and Taco bell so those are my demons. I eat lots of cereals and stay away from High sugar cereals, I mix vegetables and fruits into my meals if we go out to dinner and here at work they always provied healthy options like steamed veggies or raw veggies and lots of fruit juices and my all time fave.....baked fish! ummm!!!

I do not smoke and for the last year have cut my alcohol consumption to once every 2 months...now I am not consuming any. I go to my doctors often and have yearly blood work done...testing for thyroid problems, diabetes etc.

Since I plan on breastfeeding I wont be seeing caffiene for a very long time and any medications or over the counter stuff will be on hold for over the next 2 years.

I am not the healthiest person in this thread but I do what I can...I just hope its enough lol
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom View Post
When I am sick (like right now) I stay home. I wish everyone would do that! It's so gross when you have to sit next to someone for two hours who is snotting into a rag and coughing and so on, and that's why everyone's sick all the time. STAY HOME! I want to yell at them (Yes, I have the flu right now, and yes, I think it's because of the guy sitting next to me snotting into a rag) I think one of the worst things health-wise in America is this crazy idea that we have to go to work and school and everything else when we're sick. Nobody else does that. It's stupid, and unhealthy, and ends up costing your company, your coworkers, your classmates, etc.
I completely agree with this statement. Not only is it revolting to have to sit at your desk and listen to the person in a nearby cubicle snorting, snuffling and sneezing their way through work, but you then get to worry that whatever they've got, they're giving it to you. On the other hand ... I've never had a job where I got paid sick days (or vacation days), so I've always had to make the choice between making money and making myself healthy again. I hate that I have to choose between my health and my financial well-being.

BTW, congrats on quitting smoking, Zissou'sMom!
post #16 of 19
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I'll be the slacker in this thread...
I have a gym membership but I was getting sick often before i got pregnant (bowel problems) and now I am waiting my prenatal physicial and the okay from the doctor to go back to the gym, also I need to know what exercises I can do and which types to stay away from. I mostly do strength training and cardio...keep my muscles lean and my arms toned
Erica, please be careful. One of my co-workers was pregnant and lifting weights, the placenta, or the uterus or something started tearing away, she ended up with a preemie, who is still in the hospital with his bowells on then outside of his body, and he has had several operations. His due date was May I think. This was her first child, she is 38, and this is devastating. while the docs can't say for sure, I imagine he is going to have developmental delays.
Some people at work blame her for continuing to excercise during her pregnancy. Be very careful, can't you just limit yourself to walking until the baby is born?


PS not ot be a bummer, but Taco Bell is LOADED with sodium.
post #17 of 19
Umm...I think ALL fast food is loaded with Sodium

Be careful with Toximia erica! I had a friend who had it. They basically had to enduce the baby early because her blood pressure was over 180!!!

Anyhoo, I try to exercise 3 days a week (minimum). Lately its tough because of my school schedule.

I avoid eating out all the time, especially at fast food. I dropped 15 pounds within a short time after quitting fast food.

I recently cut WAY back on soda. It was actually beginning to make me ill.

I know I need more fruits and veggies in my diet, but since I'm in school a lot and B is in charge of dinner when I'm not home, we either get take out or quick-fix meals. He actually ruined a lot of my diet habits, so I'm anxious to get to the gym.
post #18 of 19
Well I am rid of a gym that was unfullfilling to me and now am self employed taking my hobby to be my profession.
I would get 7.5-8 hrs of sleep a night except for the cats. But I do try to go to bed and get up about the same time everyday.
I rarely have soda and do not frequent fast food restaurants.
I grow many of my own vegs & fruits and make my own sauces, jellies etc and control the amount of sugar and or salt in them.
I do not eat alot of meat and if I do its fairly small portions.
I watch my salt intake. I am incorporating more whole grains in my diet
But I do enjoy butter, beer & wine and chips-but I try in moderation
I have been walking at least 30 minutes a day 5-6 days/week. I should be resuming my stretching and adding a bit of weight lifting though.
I rarely use my clothes dryer and hang my clothes outside to dry for several months a year and on a rack in the winter months.
post #19 of 19
Hmmm...I'm truely the slacker of this thread.....I was not taught very healthy lifestyle choices growing up ....Fast food and junk were the nomal everyday eats at my home growing up and I was severly overweight at a young age. Obesity runs in my family and I am currently trying to lose weight.


To change my lifestyle habits I decided that I had to give up my vices (I have a very addictive personality when it comes to food) and I see a doctor regulary and a dietician for weightloss. I am a moderator on a weightloss forum for support.

I've given up almost all fast food.

It's been (since I started counting...it's been longer though):
156 days since I've had Tim Hortons
84 days since I've had McDonalds
60 days since I've had A&W
43 days since I've had Burger King or Dairy Queen
19 days since I've had Chineese food or KFC

I decided to only start counting one place and then slowly starting counting others because when I tried to do it all at once I self-sabotaged(sp??).

I try to drink at a bare minimum of 2 litres of water a day and I've given up regular soda and juices unless sweetend by splenda.

I walk a lot (atleast 30 minutes a day)
do work out dvds
and I'm going to start going to the gym as of March 1st.

Now I'm trying to teach myself portion control and find foods that satisfy me better and longer rather than food for convience. It's really hard because I go to school full time, have 2 part time jobs and a family but I'm really trying because I want to be a good influence on my son because my parents were not for me and I don't want my son to grow up unhealthy.


The thing that bothers me most though, is that I KNOW better now and I AM doing better, but I didn't really before, but it doesn't matter because when people look at me, all they see is my size and I feel like they assume that I'm not doing anything to try and take care of myself because they just don't know me.
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