It's National Women's Health Week! I am a big advocate of women taking their health into their own hands. I have nothing against doctors or anything, I just find that a lot of women do not take the extra step to get in the driver's seat when it comes to our own health. I admit, I am guilty of it myself. So here's a plan of action:

-Start by finding out your family health history. Do several people in your family suffer from the same illnesses (heart problems, osteoporosis, depression, cancer, diabetes, etc.)? It is particularly important to find out as much as you can about the women in your family, as far back as you can go. This is something I've started talking to my mother about, and there are things I never knew I was at risk for.

-Focus on food. I am not a big fan of diets, and I struggle to eat anything like the well-balanced diet they mention in breakfast cereal commercials. But I have started to pay a bit more attention to the food I eat. I've been trying to stop eating when I'm almost full rather than stuffed (it takes 20 minutes for your brain to get the signal anyway, so it helps to eat slower too). I've been trying out new foods and new recipes using great ingredients.

-Start exercising! If you're already exercising, add to what you're currently doing. I must say that I've been struggling to keep my gym schedule myself. For a while there I was working out at least 45 minutes a day for at least 4 days a week. I was feeling GREAT! Now things have gotten so hectic that I'm lucky if I do more than 2 days a week. Until things clear up again (which may not be for another week or so), I'm going to at least do some yoga before bed and probably some ab work while watching Keith Olbermann.

There are several others, but this can be a good starting point. Some sites I check out regularly are:
Vital Juice Daily
Laughing Sage Wellness
National Women's Health Resource Center
Center for Disease Control-- Women's Health Page

Have a happy, healthy week!

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