This post is not meant to give advice. Rather, this post is a list of little things that Dan and I do – or try to do – each day in an effort to stay healthy. Incrementalism is the idea of making one small change at a time. And then, over time, the changes add up. That’s my strategy for a number of things, including improving my health.
- We eat fruit, including blueberries, at breakfast every day. We like Honeycrisp apples and the sweet, globe grapes at Aldi’s. Delicious!
- We try to walk every day. We use the Pacer app to track our steps.
- We eat a banana at lunch every day. Lunch for me is usually fruit and nuts.
- We eat salmon weekly.
- We rarely eat fried foods at home.
- We floss every day. Just once.
- We do “oil pulling” two or three times a week. There are numerous Youtube videos on this.
- We do not go out to eat at buffets.
- We don’t drink. We aren’t “morally opposed” or anything like that. We just prefer not to drink alcohol.
- We don’t smoke.
- We don’t eat after dinner. We do have a small dessert, like two cookies, right after dinner, but then that’s it until the next day.
- We limit eating out to about once a week.
- We get our vaccines.
- We keep up with our annual doctor visits and dental visits.
- I take a multi day-vitamin (for women 50+) every day.
- I take an apple cider vinegar tablet at breakfast and dinner. It seems to control my appetite.
- We each take a 1500 mg tumeric tablet at breakfast and dinner.
- I take a garlic tablet each morning.
- We don’t turn on the television until about 4:30 pm. Less tv means less sitting.
- There is always a green vegetable at dinner.
Are we perfect? FAR FROM IT!! Here’s where we can improve:
- I could lose weight. I have a lot of passion and really enjoy life, and that includes food. I’ll keep trying.
- We could drink less soda. Another work in progress. We don’t drink coffee. I usually don’t drink soda after breakfast. Yes, breakfast. I enjoy diet coke each morning. It’s my little glass of happy and gets my motor going.
- We could start some kind of strength training program.
How many of these things do you do? Is there anything you would add to the list?