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What 5 Things Would You Do Everyday?

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Weekly QuestionI have a fun question this week based on a last week’s podcast. Kate asked an interested question that I answered in the video (see below) and I’m still thinking about! Even after a few days of pondering I’m sticking with my original response. Let me recap as I know not everyone listen/watches the podcasts. Kate asked…

Roni,

I really admire how you’ve adopt such a balanced and healthy lifestyle – whether you were caring for a newborn, working full time, or doing both!  If you could get just 5 things done for your health each day, what would they be?  I am curious to hear what your (and readers’) must-do checklist would look like.

Kate

My response in video…

To summarize…

5 Things I’d do Daily for My Health

Run
Not only for the physical benefits but the mental as well. Since starting to run about 3 years ago I look to it as MY time. Just 30 minutes, some music and sunshine. It does wonders for my soul!
Healthy Smoothie
My diet isn’t perfect. It never will be but I’d love to get in one nutrient packed smoothie a day full of fresh/frozen fruits and a huge helping of leafy greens. Who needs V8? ;) Click here to check out some of my smoothie ideas.
Uninterrupted Time with Loved Ones
Kids, spouse, significant other, friend, it doesn’t matter. Unplug and just BE with another human being at least once a day. I think it does wonders for me and my relationships.
Go to Bed Early
SLEEP! I don’t get enough. Does anyone? I think I can do wonders by just going to bed a little earlier.
Brush and Floss
I’ve confessed my horrible teeth hygiene habits on the blog before. My last thing would be to simply take care of ME. Brush, floss, wash my face, cut my nails, etc. I know I’m not the only one that lets these things slide when I get too busy taking care of everyone else.

There you have it, my 5 things. Now it’s YOUR turn. If you could get just 5 things done for your health each day, what would they be?



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Discussion

There are 25 comments so far.

    Janine Adams

    February 22, 2011

    This is a great question, I didn’t even realize I did so many healthy great things for me until I thought about it. My top 5 are, taking a multi-vitamin everyday, drinking lots of water, moisturize, finding ways to add fruits and veggies into my day, and stretching. I always do these things without even thinking about.

    Jenni S.

    February 23, 2011

    I tried to play the video, but it says it’s private.

    Amilja

    February 23, 2011

    I can´t play the video eather. It says it´s private.

    Kelly Cheesehead

    February 23, 2011

    How do you make it so it isnt private Roni?

    Rina

    February 23, 2011

    You know, I think about this all the time :) I used to think, “If I were more organized/put-together/responsible/less lazy then I would…” But you taught me not to think like that :) Instead I focus on what I *am* accomplishing with my time – being a good mother and wife, taking care of my loved ones, etc. Positive attitude is healthy too :)

    But if I could, I’d choose these 5:
    1. Skin care. Facial routine. AND – Exfoliate in the shower and moisturize. I see a HUGE difference in my skin when I do this, and if I did it regularly, the cumulative effect would be awesome.
    2. Drink 3 liters of water a day.
    3. Eat Clean
    4. Walk outside in the fresh air.
    5. Sleep 8 hours.

    Aaah. Now I’m fantasizing :)

    erica bullo

    February 23, 2011

    1. wear sunscreen, remove makeup
    2. eat veggies and fruits at least 5
    3. floss… oh how i love my glide floss
    4. track points..
    5. read because i’m in law school. and i never sleep 8 hours except weekends!!

    Petra

    February 23, 2011

    Hi! I would really like to watch, but its private. How can I watch it? :)

    Annalisa

    February 23, 2011

    After thinking about it — it really does take small changes to make a big impact. My 5 would be to drink a TON of water (I found chugging helps accomplish this), get in exercise — you are so right about me time. I am 7 months pregnant and it’s the only time I get to read baby books! At this point, I only walk on the treadmill (everything else seems to hurt) but I still feel better about moving for a 45 mins most days, I limit my junk snack to 1 thing per day — even if it’s moderately healthy, if it’s something I don’t need but want, I get it but limit the quantity, take care of my face/teeth morning and night, and try to do one thing for me each day — sometimes that’s bond a little more the dog, husband, call someone, or sometimes it’s watching reality TV and knitting.

    mel

    February 23, 2011

    Run!, vitamin supplements, getting enough sleep, skin care routine,
    green smoothies.

    roni

    February 23, 2011

    SO sorry guys! I passed out after posting and didn’t get your comments until this morning. It’s all fixed now!!

    Kim

    February 23, 2011

    1. Exercise – to me that would be the #1 way to take care of myself which in turn benefits those around me. It’s the one thing I lack on a daily basis…

    2. Quiet time – 30 minutes of no people demands, no activity, no computer, just my thoughts. It would help me to move past the negative junk and really explore the positive stuff that is sitting behind cobwebs! Negative thinking is like a firecracker – quick to ignite and has a big bang… Positive thinking is a slow burn that needs time to become an inferno. Give me the inferno.

    3. Food choices – I want food to be an afterthought. I am glued to thoughts of food. I am tired of how much time it takes up in my brain and I wonder what I would spend my time thinking of it it wasn’t food. It governs too much of me.

    4. sleep – who doesn’t desire this??? I believe 50-60% of my daily drags (thinking and feeling) would be eliminated if I slept better.

    5. Serving others – along with serving my family – serving others keeps me humble and reminds me of how blessed I am. I get too caught up in unecessary drama and forget the simple deep blessings of my life. This is so good for my mind and soul – which overflows into the rest of my life…

    Tara

    February 23, 2011

    I really want to try making a smoothie like that! I just am not brave enough yet… : )

    roni

    February 23, 2011

    It took me months to gather up the courage! :)

    Amber

    February 23, 2011

    What type of blender or juicer do you use. I love the idea of a green smoothie but when I attempted it was a goopy mess and was not good :(

    roni

    February 23, 2011

    I normally just use my bullet. Here’s a video of us making one a few weeks ago.. http://greenlitebites.com/2011/02/02/our-new-favorite-green-smoothie/

    and here are some of my other smoothie ideas… http://greenlitebites.com/category/food-ideas/by-type/beverage-ideas/

    lauramich

    February 23, 2011

    Healthy things that I actually do on 95% of days:

    1. Exercise
    2. Eat at least one fruit or vegetable serving with every meal
    3. Exceed the minimum recommendation for fiber (25 g—I’m usually able to hit 40, at least)

    And a couple of things that I’m much more hit-and-miss with:

    4. Meditate daily, and/or do yoga
    5. Get enough sleep—periodic insomnia does a number on this.

    Bethlin

    February 23, 2011

    I don’t live like this because life just keeps getting in the way, but here’s my ideal 5 things:

    1. take the bus – much less stressful and it means that 2 of the 3 hours of my commute can be spent reading or studying.
    2. wash my face – really, if I just remember to wash it morning and at night, I can nip 90% of this adult acne crap.
    3. row – getting on the water, moving the boat, working with a team. i miss it.
    4. yoga – afterwards, i feel so ALIVE but still peaceable. it’s a weird high.
    5. water – drink 2 L of water a day. good for the stress, the skin, weight. and it makes me feel healthy when i can pee clear. it’s a little victory. (sorry, TMI)

    Crazylady

    February 23, 2011

    Wow it’s so long since I’ve commented here ! Sorry just trying to get back to my blog reading etc after having a baby 3 months ago!!! I’m almost dreading seeing how well you manage to juggle everything including a newborn! Dreading in a good way though. :)

    Anyways 5 things I would do daily for my health. Hmmmm…

    1. Drink lots of water! It always helps me feel good!
    2. Eat at least 4/5 portions of fruit/veg. I’m not great at this one but I do try.
    3. Just move! Either a walk or a swim or just doing the hoovering. Whatever!
    4. Go easier on myself. This one is for my mental health. I’m much, much too hard on myself about many, many things!
    5. Take the time to have a long lingering kiss with my husband. This one is for mymarriage’s health. :)

    Lisa

    February 23, 2011

    1. Swim/work out.
    2. Read.
    3. Wear sunscreen.
    4. Drink more water.
    5. Hug loved ones!

    Lori

    February 23, 2011

    Wow good question.
    1. Move everyday!
    2. Spend more time with my hubby (some days I only see him for 10 minutes).
    3. Eat my veggies/fruit.
    4. Spend some time outside everyday even when it is freezing outside.
    5. Recognize one thing I admire in myself and tell myself how proud I am of that one thing.

    Laura of Lauralovinglife

    February 23, 2011

    5 things I should do every day for my health
    1. exercise (biking, cardio, yoga, calisthenics, hiking)
    2. have 4-5 servings of both veg and fruit
    3. spend quality time with the kids & husband
    4. read something fun (my favorite “me” time)

    Laura of Lauralovinglife

    February 23, 2011

    Ha! Guess I thought I only need 4 things.
    5. get 7-8 hours of sleep per night

    Christie

    February 23, 2011

    I think it’s a great idea to strive for 5 (haha) so here’s what I’d say for mine:
    drink water – instead of other alternatives, like soda)
    exercise
    eat plenty of fruits and vegetables – then you’ll be full and won’t need all that other stuff
    take a multivitamin
    take some “me” time – either with family or just some solo lazy time

    Shannon

    February 24, 2011

    I am a work in progress but I have made huge improvements:

    1. Drink water, no soda
    2. Exercise – not always a great quantity but at least something
    3. Eliminate most processed foods (eat clean)
    4. Sleep
    5. Teach my kids to eat healthy

    Mindy

    February 28, 2011

    I know I am WAY late with this but it’s such a great question. Here are mine:

    1. Listen to my body (eat when I am hungry, eat what i want, stop when full)
    2. Go to bed when I am tired
    3. Walk and move as much as i can
    4. Connect with people
    5. Do my hair and makeup and wear something i like, it makes me feel good

    I am sure I will keep thinking about this question, too, it’s a great one!