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3 Healthy Habits

on July 3, 2014

This weeks Monday Meeting writing prompt is 3 Healthy Habits 🙂 Here are my top 3!

1. Be grateful for what you have today. When we look at the positive we feel better. Comparing what you have with someone else will always leave you feeling yucky. It is true that you can change how you feel by changing your perspective. Having a healthy mindset is very important. Using Positive Affirmations are a great way to boost positive thinking and gratefulness!

2. Get enough sleep! I struggle with this but I know it is an extremely healthy habit. So, so very important. Did you know that when you lose sleep the actual hours need to be made up to be replenished? It’s true! So mom’s, we have about 11,734 hours of sleep to work on sneaking in 😉 I know. Not possible. 😉 Instead, a reasonable bedtime is a must! Sleep should be on par with food and water for importance to health. My post Sleep…Shmeep…Counting Sheep…has more info on the importance of sleep.

3. Vitamins are very important. This one is new for me. I always thought exercise and healthy eating were the keys to good health, but when I still felt run down and tired, I headed to the doctor. I had blamed my mood/energy level on just being a mom (see healthy tip #2). Turns out it was more complicated than that.

My naturopath did some simple blood tests and found I had many food intolerances which were contributing to my mood and energy level. Who knew a happy gut equals a happy mind! I also have higher than normal levels of an antibody attacking my thyroid, which was contributed to an over sensitization to the foods I was intolerant of. Also I was anemic with low Iron levels…AND have a genetic abnormality where I can’t activate Folate. A mutant! Who knew 😉 All teasing aside, this gene mutation causes the non-activation of a very important vitamin, folate. Folate (Folic Acid) is connected to many health benefits and very much needed.

All of these are fixed pretty easily. Although it will take some time and diligence on my part to get my body back in balance. I take a form of activated folate, iron supplements (along with eating more iron rich food), a thyroid support supplement and have cut out gluten and the other foods marked on my allergy sheet. This has helped immensely with my mood and my energy.

So if you are feeling out of sorts I would recommend making an appointment to see a naturopath, nurse practitioner or doctor and tell them how you feel. Many times just chalking up our feelings to ‘life’ isn’t really all that is going on 🙂

Here’s to Good Health! What’s your #1 Healthy Habit??


12 responses to “3 Healthy Habits

  1. noleksiak089 says:

    Thanks for joining in on the challenge!
    I agree so much about the sleep. During the week you lose sleep from work hours and then you try to catch up on the weekends, but you can never get enough!

    • Megan L. says:

      🙂 You’re welcome! I look forward to having time to read more of the healthy tips and the previous prompts. Enough sleep is definitely a challenge!

  2. Katie @ Pick Any Two says:

    These are great tips, especially the one about SLEEP! It can be so easy to stay up too late getting stuff done, but in the end you’re just risking burnout and a host of health issues!

    • Megan L. says:

      Yes, sleep always seems to be pushed to the end of the list of things that need to be done 🙂 It’s one I forget often and then feel the loss for sure!

  3. With two sick kids I’m running on less than five hours today…think I might need to hibernate for the rest of winter to catch up on what I’ve missed in the past year!

  4. Thyroid geek says:

    Have you ever had thyroid ultrasound? any lumps on your neck? Enlarged Adam’s apple?
    BTW I waling every day in the morning or in the evening to combat constipation!

    • Megan L. says:

      I haven’t had a thyroid ultrasound. No lumps or enlarged Adam’s apple. my thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) is high at 170 but usually diseases like Hashimoto’s aren’t diagnosed until those levels are in the thousands or tens of thousands (then damage is being done). With diet and the supplements we’re trying to just keep my TPO level down, either reversing the antibodies or keeping them at bay. I will continue to get the levels monitored and if they rise or there is notice of any swelling or changes a plan to see a specialist is in place. 🙂

      • Thyroid geek says:

        There was somehow controversial study stating that selenium can lower the TPO antibodies

      • Megan L. says:

        Yes, I’m taking a Thyroid cofactors supplement called Thyrocsin that contains Selenium along with Vit. C, Vit.E, Vit. B12, Iodine, Zinc, copper, and L-Tyrosine 🙂

  5. Hi Megan! I had a quick question about your blog and was hoping you could email me when you get the chance, thanks! – Emily

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