The Power of Making a Healthy Choice
Next week my daughter turns 6-months old, and I am finally starting to feel like I have my body back. Yesterday was the best day- in terms of my health – that I have had in a very long time (as in over-a-year long time).
What made it so great?
A hearty breakfast with my hubby, a walk on a warm cloudy day (and hauling butt trying to beat the rain), a healthy lunch, and a superb dinner (marinated, grilled salmon, hulled barley tossed in a homemade vinaigrette, turnip greens), and tea and dark chocolate for dessert. Also, instead of watching tv, I spent time in prayer and gave my creativity a workout by writing and brainstorming ideas that have been brewing for a while. Yesterday was one good decision after another.
But want to know what I’m most proud of? My afternoon snack.
I have been beyond tired in the afternoons for the past week and a half, and about a week ago, I started brewing another cup of coffee in the afternoon to get me through. I think this seemed to have the opposite effect, though, because each day, I got progressively more tired.
So yesterday, instead of brewing more coffee, I took a short nap then made myself a fresh fruit smoothie (with a little chia seeds mixed in for added energy). I listened to my body and gave it what it needed – rest and some nutrients – instead of jolting it with caffeine. Was I still tired? A little. Did I feel fabulous about myself and my decision? Yes.
I make choices in life. And of all the choices I make during the day, my food and health choices are the most powerful. Each time I choose to put something in my mouth, I am also making a decision about my energy level and my future health – cause let’s face it, one cup of coffee won’t hurt me, but one cup every afternoon for 3 years can really do some damage.
Now, I realize that every day won’t be like yesterday, but I hope to have more like those than not. I feel powerful today because I made good choices for my body and my health – and because I feel good today, I am more likely to follow with more good decisions.
You have the power to make a good choice about your health today. What will you do with that power?