Covid-19 Health Tips
I know it’s hard to be cooped up right now due to the stay-at-home orders flying through our country, but your health doesn’t have to suffer!
It’s extremely important that in the midst of the turmoil sweeping through our nation, we don’t lose sight of our ultimate health goals, both long term goals, and those that we should be setting during this stressful time.
Spring is in the air! What better time than now to go outdoors and enjoy it a little? Let’s be honest, how often do you really take time to “stop and smell the roses” in your average, daily life? There is no time like the present to get out of the house and into nature. Due to social distancing and stay-at-home orders, you might be going a little stir crazy, or at the very least, missing out on some serious fresh air and Vitamin D. God created so many natural health benefits for us to obtain in such a simple way, because as our body responds to natural sunlight, Vitamin D is produced in our skin.
The benefits of Vitamin D include boosting your immune system, reducing the risk of heart disease, aiding in weight loss, and fighting depression and mood swings. At a time in our country when depression and anxiety is running rampant, you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim by spending a few minutes of every day being outside in the fresh air and sunlight. Go for a walk, read a book on your back porch, or retrieve your old bicycle from the storage shed and put it to good use. Riding your bike or going for a run is also a great way to spend some alone time with God and do some physical activity, too- all while maintaining social distance.
I know while everyone was out scooping up milk, bread, and toilet paper, we were also thinking about ways to stock up on groceries to avoid frequent trips to the store. While this financially stressful time may not be ideal for living off of lean proteins and fresh produce, we can still make healthy choices by watching our portions, drinking lots of water, and staying active. Find an activity that you enjoy, not dread. Do you like to dance? Try investing in some popular aerobics videos while you’re forced to stay indoors. Body Groove and Zumba are great choices for keeping an old favorite pastime fresh and modern. If that doesn’t suit your needs, there are tons of exercise videos that you can access for free on YouTube.
If you love the outdoors, and weather permits, go for that jog or bike ride we discussed earlier. If you’re one who has always enjoyed being one with nature, go for a little hike so you can spend time enjoying something you love but rarely make time for on a “normal” day. Looking for a fun way to spend some time with your cooped-up kiddos? Go outside and play some kickball or throw a frisbee. This keeps you moving and allows for some quality family time that may be long overdue.
Try a “Phone Fast” in your home! If your family time has been lacking lately due to the high demands of a fast-paced life, embrace this opportunity to make the most of a bad situation. Instead of wasting away in front of your phone, computer, or television set while you’re cooped up indoors, play some cards or board games with your kids. Do a craft, or learn a new recipe together. This will break up the monotony and add some fun variety to your daily stay-home mandate. Spending quality time with your precious littles is a surefire way to beat the blues! (And this goes for big kids and spouses, too!)
Finally, try implementing some “baby steps” in regards to healthy decisions you can make while you’re out of your normal routine. Simple changes can make a big difference when practiced over time. This can be something as simple as increasing your water intake, or stopping any late-night snacking. Intermittent fasting has taken the world by storm lately, and now is a great time to give it a try! Start slowly- if you’ve never done it before, a twelve hour window would be a great way to dip your toe into the water. Simply stop eating by 8:00 pm every night, and don’t have breakfast until after 8:00 am the next day. It’s easier than you think, because most of that time will be spent sleeping! Read more about all the health and weight loss benefits of intermittent fasting here.
Last but not least, keep the faith! God is still in control here, and 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us plainly, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (NKJV) Mental and emotional health is just as important as physical health, so my final tip for you is to start every day spending a few quiet moments with God and His Word. He will bring peace and hope at a time when our world needs it the most!
Let’s Talk Sugar….
Here are some sweet secrets you should know.
- Man “enhanced” God’s sugar by using fourteen steps to process sugarcane and sugar beets to make sucrose.
- Bleached white sugar has a toxic, drugging effect on the body. Even in small doses, it causes the immune system’s capability to decrease by as much as 50 percent.
- When sugar enters the blood stream, it takes on the forms of carbonic acid, acetic acid, and alcohol. Acetic acid literally burns up our cells.
- Sugar can contribute to depression, fatigue, irritability, hypoglycemia, diabetes, hyperactivity, violent outrages, and acne.
Consider fasting from white sugar for thirty days. Have you ever given up sweets for lent or spiritual fasting? You’ll be surprised how great you will start to feel after you have detoxed from sugar. If you must cave in to your sweet tooth, try finding healthy dessert recipes that sweeten your goodies with natural sugars such as honey or maple syrup!
Sources: Fit for My King, Sheri Rose Shepherd, Revell Books; Sugar Blues, William Dufty, Warner Books
This Pina Colada Green Dream Smoothie is my all-time favorite!
I use 2 cups of cold, unsweetened coconut milk, 1 scoop of my favorite brand of protein shake (I used to have pina colada, but that was a limited edition, so now I just use my vanilla), 1 scoop of my favorite green juice powder, 1 1/2 TBS of coconut oil for my healthy fat, 2 TBS chia seeds for fiber, 1 TBS organic, unsweetened coconut flakes for my superfood, then blend all together. (If you pulse a few times first, the chia seeds will blend in instead of sinking to the bottom.) After it’s well-blended, I add 1 cup of frozen, unsweetened pineapple chunks. This not only thickens my smoothie, but using frozen fruit adds flavor instead of allowing ice cubes to water down the flavor.
I put this concoction together based off of what I learned in the Body Love book. (Find the link on my Shop page.) A “Fabulous Four” smoothie will always include four must-have ingredients: fat, fiber, protein, and greens, and it will not only regulate your blood sugar so you can start your day refreshed and energized, but it will keep you full for hours!
Let me introduce you to the new love in my life!
For those of you who, like me, love a yummy everything bagel, this could be an answer to your prayers! I don’t know how you feel about carbs, but in general, most people believe that carbs are the enemy. Now, thanks to this incredible seasoning blend that you can get from Trader Joe’s, you can have the flavor without the guilt!
So far, my favorite combination is to sprinkle it on top of two hard-boiled eggs and 1/2 of an avocado all cut up and mixed together. Add a cold glass of your favorite green juice, and it’s the breakfast of champions!