Sunday, February 3, 2019

Fitness & Nutritional Lifestyle with being a Grandma and Mother of Special Needs.

You are never up in age or too busy to feel good, be good and look good. Being a Grandma and a mother of an adult son with special needs for me means to be an advocate, to cheer on, encourage, be supportive, give love, advice and always have open arms for big hugs. It also means to lead by example, have fun and stay strong.  

I fill my mind & body with things that will enable me to continue to maintain strength in all these areas as well as for my personal endeavors. I physically and mentally train for the curve balls that are sure to be thrown my way, because this is life. I train for the precious moments too, because I want to be fully alert and present to enjoy them to the fullest.
My fitness training is first and foremost for the betterment of my health, mind and spirit, I cannot stress this enough!!! Looking good is a perk, and it is not remotely as important to me as the other three. Trust me I've looked phenomenal while suffering from ailments which kept me imprisoned, so no thank you! I rather feel good first!

Inner, mental and spiritual health it's where it's at, And it is the reason for me training both at the gym and home 5x a week with the inclusion of a proper nutritional lifestyle.

This lifestyle affords me to excel in all other areas, because those positive habits infiltrate in both my personal and professional life . It fuels my ethics, strengths and endurance. A perfect example of this is: avoiding all the processed preservative filled foods along with physical exercise enables me to have more energy to play with my granddaughter, chase her in the park and engage in quality time with her by doing fun activities such as baking yummy healthy recipes and easy kid friendly exercises. Children love to bake and it's an awesome opportunity to educate them on healthy ingredients while doing something fun together, they also love to be active and what better way than to engage with our grandchildren than to be physically active with them. Those are priceless moment between me and my granddaughter.

Another fine example oh how a physically fit and nutritional lifestyle has increased the well being of my loved ones, is my son. My superstar who has autism also happens to suffer from ocd. The moments of heightened ocd can really be challenging for him, recently we have successfully implemented redirecting some of the ocd with physical activity and exercise. Whether it is doing some yoga at home, going out for a walk or a run, is making a positive difference.

I must say, that if I was not caring for my own mental and physical health these things would probably be tougher to tackle. But, because I stay consistent and committed to my own fitness and wellbeing, it is surely carrying on to my son, and his own willingness to participate in a physically active life. I’m so proud of my super star.  

The benefits and rewards of living a nutritionally healthy and fitness related lifestyle has surpass anything I would have imagined and more. And those are just a few examples, in a future post I will go into how it has enhanced my professional life as well.

A uniformed exercise and nutritional routine will without a doubt seep into every other area of your life, it will enhance the quality of your existence and those around you.  

Things that you never thought possible will come to fruition, remarkable results will begin to unravel right before your eyes.

Friday, January 25, 2019

When healthy does not mean healthy for you!

Not all things healthy are necessarily healthy for you.

This is what I have come to discover in my odyssey of health and nutrition.
Involving me experiencing trial and error, as well as awareness of my inner and outer self.

In the beginning of embarking on my change of lifestyle, I noticed After several months of  staying consistent with my exercise routine and healthy nutritional intake, that I was not loosing any weight and not looking, nor feeling any better.

The swollen bags under my eyes were still there.
I woke up more tired than when going to bed the night before.
I Lacked energy through out the day and everyday.
All of  my clothes felt tighter and tighter day by day.

Of course I was not pleased and certainly asked myself...."Seriously, how could this be?? After busting my butt at the gym and eliminating all the processed foods."

Experimentation time came and among many findings, below I'm listing two that stood out for me the most.

Two foods that were effecting me negatively.

Food number one: Yogurt and the real 100% Greek one.
I knew for sometime that I was somewhat lactose intolerant. But, in my mind I figured that would not apply to yogurt.
And besides if I moderately to almost never drank milk and had no adverse reaction, then I doubted that such a bragged about, hyped up, food such as Greek yogurt would be fine on a regular basis. Makes sense, huh?
Within a couple of days of me completely banishing yogurt, the swelling under my eyes diminished by at least 85% and the bloating in and around my belly decreased by 75%.
Added good night's of sleep that 85 went up to no swelling under the eyes. Consistent exercise added to mmmmm, lol 90% of less belly bloat. Hey, we can't always be so lucky nor perfect, lol.

Food number two: Whole wheat bread. This boils down to me not having enough knowledge on it and basically hauling down slices of whole wheat bread with the notion that well, it wasn't white bread so it must be good for me. lol wow wee, ignorance. Hence, GLUTEN. And this is how I found out that I may very well be gluten intolerant. Gluten is prominent in whole wheat. And one of the key symptoms of gluten intolerance is inflammation.
Within a few weeks of abstaining from whole wheat bread I noticed a significant increase in energy and better sleep at night.
From time to time I will have a slice or two with soup or in a sandwich, but it is seldom and not enough times to feel the bad effects from it.

So, basically eliminating these two items coupled with regular consistent exercise and adequate nutrition has evolved a wonderful discovery of personal insight and rewards. The results are astounding in the way I look, but most importantly feel.

Fitness & Nutritional Lifestyle with being a Grandma and Mother of Special Needs.

You are never up in age or too busy to feel good, be good and look good. Being a Grandma and a mother of an adult son with special needs f...