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Compressing morbidity through skin lotion?

 I was watching a short video I took last summer of my kids trying to explain how I spend my days (  Next time, I’ll have to let them know that I’m going to ask questions before I turn the camera on and make sure they’re not eating donuts - - proof positive that I’m a real human being living in the real world who lets her kids have occasional treats!  This was over 6 months ago and while we’ve made a lot of progress with the business since then, the essence hasn’t changed since the kids explained it, somewhat ineloquently.  My older daughter said it best when she said “you’re all about compressing morbidity” (a line I borrowed from Dr. Andrew Weil’s books).  She’s right.  I plan to be healthy until the bitter end (so avoid the donuts, right?!).  

If you haven’t seen it, check out Patty James’ list of 52 things to do for a healthier year (add one per week, I guess). She’s a health and nutrition professional with lots of good, common sense.  Even though 52 is a tidy number when making plans for the year, it’s far more than I can contemplate at any one time.  As I said in my last post, simple changes, made one by one are the way to go for me.  I’ve made the following changes in the last year in order to take bite-sized pieces out of my own list and to “compress my morbidity”.   Maybe some will work for you.

  1. I drink a lot of water.  My refillable water bottle goes everywhere with me, and I always fill with tap water.  Hopefully, I’ve finally gotten bottles that are truly “BPA free”.
  2. I don’t go to sleep without washing my face and putting on my night cream and eye cream
  3. I eat 8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables every day (including spinach at breakfast - - a topic for another post).  Try it for a while.  You’ll be amazed at how good you feel and how infrequently you’ll get sick.
  4. I try to “do cardio” 5 days a week.  A struggle at first, but now, it’s become a necessary part of maintaining both my physical and mental well-being.  I sign up for races so that I can put my competitive streak to work by giving myself a goal.  When I lose my temper, the kids inevitably say, “I guess Mom didn’t run today”
  5. I drink a little coffee and a little wine (probably a bit too much of the former and not enough of the latter if the experts are to be believed)
  6. I know my BMI and cholesterol levels and get a mammogram and pelvic ultrasound each year (my mom had ovarian cancer)
  7. I start every day on my terms:  spending 20 minutes each morning by myself, with my own thoughts before the rest of the world intrudes (definitely try this one)
  8. I floss daily (working on the Listerine business teaches you a thing or 2 about gum disease).    

So what’s left on my list for this year?

  1. I drive too fast.  Even though I joke that the speed signs are targets and I like to exceed expectations, I really need to slow it down
  2. I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t like.  This is the glaring weakness in my nutrition plan
  3. I don’t lock my cell phone away while I’m driving.  I think I’m going to take Oprah’s “no cell zone” pledge.
  4. I don’t sleep enough.   Maybe I’ll get a full 8 when the kids are grown, and I retire.
  5. I say “yes” to too many people.  Hopefully, some of those people are reading and will help me out on this one.

And now my big, recent failure . . .while I’m spending my days trying to find ways to create great personal care products that don’t contain potentially harmful chemicals, I reached for the most potent (maybe noxious) thing I could find when my daughter was sent home from school with head lice this week (at least a third of her school was affected).  I’ll research the best path forward after I get these tiny bugs out of our lives.

That’s what’s worked for me and what I’ll be working on in 2010.  If you have any tips to pass on, please do.  Are there any ingredients or activities you’re trying to live with or live without?  Let me know.

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