kids and dogs

“Kids and dogs” was one of the quotes I heard often from my father while growing up.  It was usually said as a kind reminder that whatever you were doing, you could probably do a little better and/or a little differently…or you just spilled a glass of milk.

As the premium waker of children in my household, one of the things I am impressed with upon waking my children is how they meet the day;  with a big old stretch.  Interestingly, it is the exact same technique that the dogs use; full extension of all limbs.  I think the act of lying on your back and just bringing your arms over your head in and of itself is a good maneuver, but adding a stretch with the legs is a great way to greet the day!  We can learn a lot from our children and our pets…just stay tuned.

staying healthy through the holidays

If i’m going to get sick, this is the time of year when it’s going to happen.  Stress, lack of light and sleep, feeling over extended, these are the enemy.

Good habits are my salvation.  I find that if I stick to my good habits, they tend to make my next decision a little better.  Example; if I start my day off with a protein smoothie, my food choices for the rest of the day will tend to be healthier.  If I start to unravel, say have a coke with lunch, that tends to make my next choice not so great.  Good builds on good just as surely as bad on bad.

This time of year, sleep is especially important for me.  With the decreasing light in the day, I tend to want and need more sleep. So I go to bed a little earlier and sleep a little later.

I schedule the things that are important to me; like exercise, play, and time with Miche and the kids. I have found that scheduling my water intake; I fill up a pint first thing in the a.m, 10, 2, and 4; has been incredibly helpful.  Hydration helps with my appetite control, which helps with my blood sugar, which helps with my inflammation, which takes some stress off of my immune system.  One thing connected to the next.  One small step cascading into larger systems and steps. You get the picture.

On the supplement end, as a preventative, I take 20,000 i.u’s of Vit D 1X a week.  I give my children 10,000.  I like the liqui D3 from Rx Vitamins.  It’s liquid, obviously, in a olive oil base.  Kids love it, and with a micronized liquid I know some of it is getting home.  Not so confident with a pill.  The second thing I keep on hand is Myco-Select.  This is from Moss nutrition and is a mushroom extract with impressive immune boosting properties.  I carry these both in the office, or you can order from Moss nutrtition at 800-851-5444.

I would love to hear what you do to stay stress free and healthy throughout the holidays and the winter season.

Finding my blog voice

I have had this blog site for 2 months and am just now getting around to posting.  My goal for this blog is to share some of what I do and what I am learning in my journey to stay vital, engaged, and growing.  I am a firm believer that  without good physical health, emotional and spiritual growth becomes that much more difficult.

So much of what I do, in terms of personal pro-active healthcare, is driven by my desire to be the best parent, father, husband I can be.  I really want to be vital and engaged with my children.  I understand that when I am tired or not feeling well, my parenting skills deteriorate rapidly.  I’m more apt to be short and disengaged.  I want the energy to always be present with my wife and children.

I have written about some of what I do in other formats, but most important for any of us to start working towards optimal health is to start small, think in terms of changing your environment versus using will power.  Will power will fade…trust me!  I highly recommend the book “Switch” by Chip and Dan Heath.  Some changes I have made include a protein smoothie in the morning, a water drinking schedule; I commit to a pint first thing in the a.m, at 10, 2, and 4.  I am a big fan of positive affirmations and giving thanks.  I do both every morning on my drive to work (yes, I do it out loud, so i’m one of those people on the road talking to themselves).  I try and work out 2-3 times a week and stay very active with play and yard work over the weekends.  I  change my workout routine every 2-3 months.

I do take supplements; many are in my protein smoothie with greens in the a.m., but I also take a methylated B vitamin which has some adrenal hormone in it as well, and this time of year I do some preventative supplementing, mostly with Vitamin D.  I take 20,000 i.u’s 1X a week and give my children 10,000 i.u’s 1X a week.  I also have goldenseal, and a mushroom extract on hand which I pound at the first sign of any type of bug.

If you have read this far, here is a challenge for you; what small thing or habit can you employ today that you feel 90% confident that you can continue indefinitely?  Remember, think small.  Success leads to more success but the downside is equally true; failure leads to more failure.  Good luck and would love to hear some of your strategies and habits that you employ to stay healthy.

yours in health,

Chris