I don't mean to freak out all of you folks who are wedding planning by chatting about babies. But I'm going to do it--if only for a minute (it will ultimately relate back to weddings--I promise!).
Matt and I are thinking about trying to get pregnant next summer. Since I'm a habitual planner, I've started reading books about how to prepare one's body for conception (yes, months and months in advance. I'm a dork. I know.).
Basically, it boils down to this: start eliminating unhealthy habits and beef up on your nutrition, which is good advice for anyone, no?
I'm not an advocate of the lose-weight-so-you-can-fit-in-your-wedding-dress-and-look-good-in-the-photos approach to weight-loss before a wedding. However, I don't see anything wrong with using an upcoming major life event to provide a little motivation to healthify one's life.
The trick, however, is to use the external motivation to make an internal, lifestyle change. Weight-loss is not something you can achieve, pat yourself on the back, and go back to your old ways.
In general, I maintain pretty healthy habits. I don't smoke or do drugs. I rarely drink alcohol. I don't ingest much caffeine. I try to avoid medications. I drink a lot of water.
However, Matt and I do eat out too much (and I never practice portion control when we do), and I eat a lot of sugar (cupcakes, brownies, ice-cream, etc.). Because of my new health kick, I'm trying to fulfill my daily requirements for protein, calcium, fruits, vegetables, and grains. It's hard to do (especially as a vegetarian).
The upside of trying to follow the good ol' food pyramid is that I have way fewer cravings for junk food. Maybe it's because I just started this new health kick, or maybe it's because my body is satiated in other ways. I find myself thinking, "Why would I waste a snack on something that doesn't contribute to one of my required servings?"
With a well-rounded diet (plus a multivitamin), I find myself feeling a lot better. It's a commonsense approach, but I don't hear enough about it in conversations about health and wellness.
What about you? Has anything inspired you to focus more on health and wellness lately?