Hey guys!! Hope your week has been great! I am sure thankful that it is Friday! We don’t have much on the agenda for this weekend except a small house project (I’ll show you when it’s finished!) and some pool time at my mom’s with my mom and aunt who is in town then a dinner at our house on Sunday evening. I’m hoping the weather is nice so I can get in a few long walks with the pups too! It has been awhile since we have been home for a weekend with no plans and that I have been feeling good.
Speaking of feeling good… I actually had a follow up with the surgeon earlier this week and it went well. She does want me to get another CT scan with contrast soon because I have been having random nausea and stomach pain. It is nowhere near what it was before the surgery and it only happens every once in a while, but we are just checking everything out to be safe. Thankfully I haven’t lost any weight (I’ve been gaining pretty quickly actually… I started doing strength training again and can already see some muscles popping through!) and my appetite has been really good.
While I am still recovering from my bowel resection surgery, I am taking extra precautions to making sure I get back to healthy very soon. Most of these I did before my surgery, but now they are more important than ever. So today I am sharing my top ten tips for living a healthy lifestyle this summer!
- Hydrate! I go through phases where I am very good about hydrating and phases where I barely drink any water at all. Lately I have been getting dull lingering headaches, which I figured out are from a lack of water intake. During the week at work I have been tracking my water and trying to get around 100 ounces of water in during the day. This is on top of any water I drink before, during, and after my workouts. I notice that I am WAY less hungry and just feel so much better overall when I am well hydrated.
- Walking. While recovering from surgery, my walks have been precious to me. For the first month after surgery, all I did was walk in the park with my dogs and walk on my treadmill at an incline. I am still incorporating a lot of walking into my day-to-day life. My pups LOVE walks and I like to catch up on my shows while I walk on the treadmill. The time passes by so quickly and it makes me feel better that I didn’t just plop down on the couch after work for hours mindlessly watching tv (don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of days I still do that).
- Meal prepping. Taking the time to meal prep leaves me stress-free throughout the week. I have my lunches and dinners ready to throw in the oven or assemble quickly so I don’t snack all day long on sugary treats.
- Healthy snacks. I always have healthy snacks on me wherever I go to ensure I don’t get hangry. I know my husband appreciates this one. 😉 . A few of my favorites are: raw almonds, grapes, protein bars (think thin, rx, quest, and one are my favorite brands right now), greek yogurt, apples, veggies and hummus, and watermelon.
- Greens powder. While recovering from my surgery, I was told to eat a low-fiber diet. If you know me, you know this was miserable for me. 🙂 . I LOVE all fruits and veggies. I tried to keep my diet lower in fiber than normal and one way I was able to do that was by using greens powder instead of actual greens. I just put it in my smoothie each morning and it hides the taste pretty well. Greens powder is SO good for you as it is alkalizing, helps the digestive system and is high in antioxidants. I use THIS kind.
- Upping my protein intake. You may know that I don’t eat meat (I haven’t since I was 14 years old), but I make sure to get a lot of protein from fish or plant-based sources like nuts, seeds, eggs, quinoa, beans, protein powder, etc. I try to have protein with every meal and snack so that I stay full for a longer time. I usually have 3 meals and 2-3 snacks per day. I feel like I am always eating, which is good because then I am never starving and rarely get hangry.
- Wearing sunscreen. This one is hard for me. I usually apply it once then forget to reapply throughout the day. I am trying to be better about it and I know my skin will thank me later.
- Taking a daily probiotic. I know a lot of my tips have to do with digestion, but that is just because mine has been completely messed up after not eating for nearly 3 months and trying to get it back to normal. I always feel better when I take a probiotic every day. I also take B12, D3, vitamin C, iron, and a multivitamin.
- Eating plenty of fruits and veggies. This one is not hard for me, but there are definitely days when I eat less than I should. I put greens in my smoothies in the morning, I usually have a salad for lunch, my snacks usually incorporate fresh fruit, and dinner always incorporates a couple types of veggies.
- Keeping stress levels low. This is really important to me. After being in the hospital so long and having surgery, I now truly realize how precious life is and how important it is not to sweat the small stuff. If the house isn’t perfectly cleaned, the bed isn’t made, I don’t have time to get in a workout or the day just didn’t go the way I had planned, that is OKAY. I’m not saying I stay stress free all the time, but I have been working on letting things go and not getting caught up on things that really don’t matter in the long run. A stress free mind is a beautiful mind. 🙂
That’s is all I’ve got for today! I would love to hear all the ways you are staying healthy this summer in the comments!!! Have a great rest of your Friday and a wonderful weekend!!! xoxoxo