I went to a routine specialist appointment last week. During the consult, the doctor asked me “are you feeling tired??” I had to use all my self-restraint not to jump out of my chair and slap him. I’m a time poor, modern mum of 2 trying my best to fit it all in and remember to clean my teeth everyday….of course I’m freaking tired!! Aren’t we all?? I have always been a rubbish sleeper and what with being a FIFO wife, looking after 2 little kids, getting any quality sleep for myself is a tough gig. Coffee and I are best mates.
I don’t know when this happened, but it seems that having any kind of traditional health concern/ailment is ‘so last season’. I’m talking ineffective sleep, being overweight, undetermined intolerances and even a bad back needs a comprehensive action plan. I was in a Maternity Leave bubble in 2015, but it seems the wellness industry is in overdrive to morph you into a picture of perfect health.
Below are just a sample of the ideals and goals the wellness industry wants us to onboard:
- Clean eating
- Abstaining from all the good stuff (sugar, alcohol, caffeine, wheat, dairy)
- Technology blackouts
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t take issue with any of the points above, I only wish I could incorporate more into my day. If practising any or all of these techniques is your golden ticket for health and happiness then you are way ahead of the rest of us and I’m jealous. Good health is such a blessing and if we fuel our bodies with crap 24/7 of course you will feel pants most of the time. However, this industry is so profitable spruiking the latest diet/health monitoring device/online course or retreat that you could be in a constant state of guilt if you don’t spend 30 minutes each day meditating by the ocean before savouring your green smoothie.
So, what’s my point?? Be kind to yourself, there is no ‘quick-wellness fix’. Take as much or as little from the wellness movement as you can comfortably tolerate. If you’re not doing daily affirmations, you still defrost food in the microwave and you sleep with your phone by your bed THAT’S OK. Conversely, if you are a devotee the apple cider vinegar cocktail and can forgo eating a Cockle* from Baker Bears, more power to you.
After re-reading the above, even I have to admit my message could be seen as that ‘get out of jail free’ card we all look for so we can watch 1 more episode of The Blacklist instead of going for a walk. The Summer is almost over, but I still feel like I’m coming out of my winter funk. You too?? I’m still waiting for that moment where you’re compelled to shave your legs every day and can’t wait to get out into the fresh air. I read something disgraceful back in October that went something like “don’t be the fattest person at your xmas lunch. It’s 12 weeks till xmas – get started now to lose 1kg a week”. Now, while 1kg/week weight loss is safe and achievable for most, the sentiment was shocking. Unfortunately, this is some of the guilt laden and sinister messaging that’s out there and we all deserve so much more.
My days of trying bizarre diets are well behind me (I’m too old for that crap) but I really do want to introduce some little changes that will improve my sense of wellbeing:
- Drink 2 litres of water a day (I like to use one of the 1 litre Tupperware drink bottles – easy to track)
- Start the morning with lemon and water (I’ll be spending a lot more time in the loo it would seem)
- Spend more time in the fresh air e.g. walking, gardening, taking the kids to the playground etc
These 3 things are totally doable. What little change do you want to implement that won’t overwhelm your sense of equilibrium if you have a moment of weakness and have a bowl of the Golden Gaytime ice cream for dinner?? Head over to the L&A Facebook page and let me know. https://www.facebook.com/listandassist/ In the meantime, smile, breathe deep and don’t buy into any wellness extremist guilt. Do what’s best for you….because you’re awesome.
p.s If you feel like a giggle at my expense, I have the dumbest self-created diet story. In year 10, I started ‘The Toast Diet’. Basically I ate nothing but plain toast (or bread in the absence of a toaster at school). There was no science behind my choice of sole source eating other than I love bread! Suffice to say, I lasted about 3 days when I started to get the ‘bread sweats’ and got yelled at by my parents for polishing off 2 loaves of bread. If ‘The Toast Diet’ ever comes into vogue, you heard it on this channel first.
*Speaking of all things carbs, I mentioned my favourite cake of all time in this post…Cockles. If you’re from/have lived/have an aunt in Port Pirie (so many people have an aunt in Pirie!) you will know just how awesome these cakes are. Dense yellow cake, jam centre and pink icing on the top. When I’m lucky enough to get hold of one it brings me the same feeling of happiness as a dozen affirmations. Keep up the awesome work Baker Bears xx https://www.facebook.com/Baker-Bears-Bakery