Posted on 01/7/2014
Happy New Year, dear readers! I hope your holidays were joyful and filled with family, friends and good times. It really is what it’s all about…making memories and celebrating with loved ones.
With the New Year here now I think it’s important to talk about good health. It tops many people’s resolutions each and every year. Good health is one’s greatest asset in life, not a new car or other material possession. That’s why it’s so important to take care of yourself and put it at the top of your list throughout the year. If you are not at your healthiest, do something about it and make an improvement to improve your quality of life.
I truly feel so blessed to be 82-years young and have recently received a terrific check up during my yearly visit to the doctor. My cholesterol, including my HDL (or healthy as it’s known), was great. So too was my blood sugar (glucose). I am also so proud that my calcium levels are great, and mind you, that is without calcium supplements! None of that for me, it’s all attributed from healthy food.
I’ve been at the same weight for the past 15 years. Keeping and maintaining your weight is important in overall good health. It has been shown that staying a consistent weight rather than yo-yoing weight up and down throughout life, has positive impacts including with disease prevention.
I believe I can credit my healthy lifestyle, including consuming my very own portion-controlled meals, as well as some pretty great genes I inherited from my parents. Thank you, mom and dad!
I know I can attribute staying active and working with my good health too. Many people choose to slow down or retire, but not me. I have no plans to do so anytime soon! Who knows, maybe when I’m 90 or 100 I may change my mind. Until then, I think using one’s brain and challenging oneself is a great way to stay young and sharp…I know that’s what I’m doing.
Please be sure to check back here next week to meet our new Slim Down contestants. We will officially kick-off our contest on January 13th – a week delay due to weather in Northwest Indiana and much of the Midwest (including the Chicago area).
She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.