Thursday, November 29, 2012

Crazy as a Box of Frogs

Are you ready to take a guess at what this is all about? And, what does it have to do with wellness or well-being? Believe it or not, there is a connection.

Let’s start at the end with Box of Frogs. Can’t you picture it? These are cute little green frogs. Hundreds of them. They’re in the same box, and they’re hopping, climbing and squirming all over each other. You open the lid and you know they’re going to start hopping out, whether that’s what you intended or not. And, as fast and as many as there are, there’s no way you’re going to catch them all and put them back. That’s where the crazy part comes in (don’t even pretend to think about why someone would fill a box with frogs in the first place).

Some people might look at Crazy as a Box of Frogs to mean insanity, or even temporary insanity. But, what if we look at it as a place we’ve somehow gotten to, and one we want to “hop” on out of. We don’t like it in the box, we don’t want to be in the box, and the crazy part is staying in that box.
And, once we’re out of the box, then what? This is where wellness and well-being comes in. We don’t want to box ourselves in, or be put in a box, or have anyone else put us in a box (read, label us). We are each our own unique selves.

Who you are right now, or at any one moment of your lifetime, does not by itself define who you are as a person. And, if change is what you’re after in the broad scope of how you define yourself, you—and only you—can change your life today, and tomorrow, and each day after. You are out of the box!

Let the frogs out of the box. Taking charge of your health, wellness and well-being is a lifestyle choice.  Once you’re motivated, and determined to follow that motivation through, you’re not going to go back in that box. Obstacles can't stop you, problems can't stop you, and most of all other people can't stop you. Only you can stop yourself—and wouldn’t you agree, that would be crazy?

Monday, November 12, 2012

What Each Choice Can Mean

In case you don’t already know, each of us makes about 200 food and beverage choices every day.  That’s a lot of choices—and an opportunity—to make those choices count. And, they will count. Dr. Steven Lamm, Internist with NYU School of Medicine and Contributing Editor of the Best Life Magazine, points out that the foods we choose to eat on a daily basis contribute 80 percent to whether we will develop diabetes, heart disease, or cancer.

Whether you’re shopping for food, eating at home or eating out, what you choose to eat has the potential to lower healthcare costs. Fresh, home-cooked meals with plenty of natural ingredients, vegetables and fruits tells your family their health is important.

The next time you go to the grocery store, notice the aisles of chips, cookies, candy and soft drinks (including sports drinks loaded with sugar).  The frozen cases are filled with cakes, pies, cookie dough, ice cream, and more. Then there’s the check out with still more candy—right there within arm’s reach. It’s all there, spread throughout the store so you can’t miss it even if you try. 

Now, look at the aisles of packaged, processed, boxed, pre-prepared and ready-to-eat meals, with ingredients not many of us can pronounce. Too much sodium, too little nutrition.  Believe it, every choice you make, every dollar you spend sends a message about what is important to you. 

This might be a good time to give some real food for thought to making better  nutritional choices. Your own and your family’s health depends on each bite. Since they all add up anyway, why not make them count?