#50DayWellnessChallenge – Be Active, Ditch Sugar
The #50DayWellnessChallenge was an invitation made by the Winds of Change, to help mark a 50 day countdown to the Wellness Gathering, and invite people to delve into what wellness means for them. With the Gathering complete, the madness of the holiday season ahead, and the prospect of New Year’s resolutions around the corner, we wanted to hear how it went. Learnings? Take-aways? Run aways? Let’s keep wellness on the agenda! The invitation is out, to any of the #50DayWellnessChallenge participants, to let us know what it takes to inject a big fat dose of wellness into your life. Here’s one:
My challenge was to be mindful of incorporating “wellness” into my day in an amount that would leave me feeling fulfilled, taking into consideration what wellness means to me:
- Feeling Good about myself,
- Physical Activity,
- Healthy Meals & Snacks and
- Quality Sleep.
On most days, this translated into a healthy breakfast ( based on raw chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds & sunflower seeds, coconut oil & almond Milk and water and I’m not going to lie – my soy milk latte too! ) Then a 15 minute morning stroller jog to the YMCA with an 1.5 hour workout that would either consist of a Fitness Class, Self Led Yoga Practice or Gym, Cardio & Fitness Circuit.
With an eagerness to set the foundation in my daughter for a healthy lifestyle we would go almost every day to the Pool and play in the water for an hour. Most days we also would incorporate walking to the Library as I consider reading with your child part of a healthy lifestyle, not to mention a fundamental activity to do with children. Following that was our 25 minute walk home for afternoon nap time and a little reading time for myself.
In the spirit of the wellness challenge as well as my own personal interests I have been reading “Fat Chance” – Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease – By Robert H. Lustig, M.D.
This book came to my attention after recently watching the documentary “Fed Up” on the Sugar industry and the effects of Sugar on our health and well-being.
We all know that we shouldn’t have too many sweets, but I have found the information that is out there now very alarming and have taken an all new awareness to how much sugar is in the food we are eating. That usually includes paper, pencil, calculator math problem solving to for example determine the amount of sugar in our Organic Strawberry Yogurt… needless to say we have switched back to plain and are eating it sparingly. I would encourage anyone reading this to learn a bit more about Sugar. I am hoping to keep my sweet tooth in check as we move into the holiday season, that might be the real wellness challenge for me!
Afternoons feel best for both myself and Indiana if they included weather permitting (as it usually did for us here in Kelowna) time to explore & play outside. So we usually head to a Park, lakeside or on a Nature walk. Dinner time I have always seen as quality family time to prepare a healthy meal together sit down and eat together as a family, time to talk about our day, while Indiana eats and learns about healthy communication in a relationship, yet another aspect to wellness. With our new found sleep training, bed time routine that was very successful ( YAY!! ) we are all enjoying some much deserved quality sleep ( FINALLY!! ) so that is huge on my wellness meter because I now really know how detrimental to your health a serious lack of sleep for a very prolonged period of time can have on your health & well being.
On weekends when our routine was different due to different activities we did different things but the “wellness” initiative was still there and it usually meant swapping the gym & pool time for outdoor family exploring Kelowna time, checking out other Parks and Family activities.
Trying to make healthy choices when tempted out at restaurants was sometimes a challenge for sure and we had some failures… there was a carrot cake muffin that I definitely recall as well as some frozen yogurt that was obviously a delicious treat. I could probably think of a few others, but you get the point. We are making a valid effort here, but I’m no Sugar-Less Saint…..yet!
My #50DayWellnessChallenge Takeaways
I will be aware of ingredients, most importantly avoiding Sugar in any of it’s numerous forms. We will move forward trying to set an example of healthy lifestyle choices for our daughter to learn from. I feel good and love the feeling of feeling good about myself. My husband commented that I seem much happier now that I have the time to myself to do a work out (thanks to the YMCA childcare gym program here.)
What I LOVE about wellness is that it has a natural compounding effect on you. The more you fill your life with the more you want to fill your life with. The easier healthier choices come to you and the easier it is to see the healthier options that are out there. The more you do the more you want to do. The better you feel, the more energy you have, the more you like what you see. Wellness is truly on your side, it tries it’s hardest to encourage you, to support you, to help you see it clearly. Sometimes you fall off the track but you can always get back on it.