When our kids were young and I was home with them, I often wished I were off at the gym with a friend in the quest for fitness. One day I caught myself tidying up a son’s room, picking up his weightlifting bar with a fairly heavy set of plates. I chuckled at myself and wished someone could see me lifting such heavy weights. I got my exercise every day in my own home for free!
It just took a little change in outlook. If you think of it as a opportunity to bend, stretch, climb and lift, housework can keep you fit!
The fuel to keep going was a problem, though, since I didn’t have time to prepare and eat enough food to keep me healthy, and when I did eat a big meal, I felt tired and gross. I was thrilled to find a delicious tasting powder to add to my juice or milk. That gave me the protein I was lacking in my diet and the immediate result was:
- a quick and healthy meal on the run
- more sustained energy without feeling like napping
- the energy gave me more hours in the day so I got more done
If you think of the body having a “case,” protein helps all of that: your skin, your hair, your nails, in addition to your nervous system, muscles and digestion.
One of my older daughters would come out of her room from studying to have a shake; she said she had to have her “brain food.” The younger kids just used it as a healthy snack when they were grazing for something to hold them over to the next meal.
Having enough usable protein during the day, made my cravings for junk snacks and empty calories disappear. I could go shopping with my kids without “treating” myself to a candy bar. I was also able to walk by that bag of chips at the checkout stand, so I not only got more energy, I saved myself from unhealthy snacks and about two dollars each shopping trip.
Yummy protein shakes and a daily house-work-out …
a simple and effective health routine.
(See the shakes I use at www.breakfastpower.com.)
So, pick up those clothes and bend, load the washer and dryer and twist, unload the dishwasher to lift, take those stairs, and the opportunities are many – if we just think positively about what we’re doing.