May 04, 2007
Crabby's Ten Health Commandments
Don't worry, these aren't the bossy kind of Commandments. Loyal readers are not being exhorted (yet, anyway) to do or not do any of these things.
Rather, this is a list presented simply to let all of you know what Crabby tries to do in her own life. Having scrounged around all kinds of interesting back alleys of the internet in search of readers, Crabby realizes you all come here with your own unique perspective on health.
Among you are writers, scientists, feminists, hard-core dieters, natural-foods aficionados, cream-filled apple donut addicts, environmentalists, fitness board fanatics, mammary-googlers, triathletes, and who knows who all else. Crabby loves this diversity and also knows that it means many of you will find this list annoying in one way or another.
Be that as it may, these are Crabby's Ten Health Commandments (to herself).
1. Do some sort of exercise every day (aiming for about 400 calories worth--4 miles walking or jogging for those of average weight).
2. Make sure that at least every other day (but optimally 4-5 times a week), said exercise is aerobic.
3. Perform some Unpleasant Strength Training 2-3 times week.
4. Stretch most days in order to get out of bed without moaning.
5. Eat enough Virtuous Healthy Food (about 85-90% of total calories) to as not to feel guilty about eating Complete Crap for the remaining 10-15%. Virtuous healthy foods include lean protein, whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables and "good" fats. (There are lots more specifics here which Crabby will bore you with in future posts).
6. Seek variety and hedonistic pleasure in Virtuous Healthy Foods so as to encourage the consumption of them. (This is made easier by the news that red wine, coffee, chocolate, cheese, nuts, avocados, honey, and even beer have all now been redefined as Virtuous Healthy Foods).
6. Watch portion sizes even of Virtuous Healthy Food so as not to Consume more calories than are Expended.
7. Endeavor to do some sort of breathing/relaxation activity if signs of stress become apparent.
8. Appreciate the consistent wonderfulness of spouse, and take time to enjoy family, friends, and cat.
9. Appreciate great music, the outdoors, fine art, literature, and even the Big Ass HDTV if something good is on.
10. Do a bunch of other Important Things that Crabby can't remember right off the top of her head (that would in any event keep the list from being a nice even 10).
Please readers, feel free to share any Good Health Commandments you live by too. Or trash Crabby's (nicely). Either way is good.