“Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything” – George Bernard Shaw
“Your life does not get better by chance; it gets better by change” – Jim Rohn
There is so much that so many people have said about change and one of the things that is common with almost every successful person is how well they embraced change. But in spite of knowing this and even agreeing to it, actually making changes to once set routine or habits is something I find very difficult. Especially once a comfort zone is established, getting out of it is something I still struggle with often.
Over the last few years since I’ve been home with the kids, there has been an increased focus on doing things the healthy way or using a better method to achieve the end results. Am sharing a few of the changes that I have been able to incorporate in my routine.
Replace plastics with steel and glass:
Having 2 tiny tots at home, over the last few years, slowly I found myself, unknowingly having an increased usage in plastics – probably due to the non-breakability aspect. In no time I realized that I had a complete drawer full of only plastic containers, most of which were not even bought by me (gifts and the likes). That’s when it struck me that something needed to be done about this.
I have been aware of the harmful effects of plastics and BPA that comes from the regular plastics. Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that, once ingested, mimics estrogen in our bodies. According to Scientific American, studies have shown that these chemicals can promote human breast cancer cell growth and lower sperm counts. Pregnant women, infants and children are especially at risk. So among the healthy changes I have started replacing plastics with stainless steel for the things that the kids handle and glass or sometimes Tupperware for all other things. I have managed this for all the cutlery we use – no melamine or plastics, glasses, water bottles, fridge storage containers, most other storage containers.
Replace iodized salt with rock salt:
There are different theories about which salt is better – regular iodized table salt or rock salt and there are mixed views on this. On doing some reading and talking to some experts, going with rock salt seems to be the healthier option. Unrefined salts, whether mined from the earth or harvested from the sea, contain a broad spectrum of trace elements, often in the same balance as are found in human blood. These include magnesium and potassium, necessary for health and which help the body metabolise the sodium better. Refined, industrial grade table salt, however, has had all of these trace elements removed. It is pure sodium chloride, with an anti-caking agent and, sometimes, iodine added in.
While one might say that table salt contains iodine added, people eating a well-balanced diet are not at risk of iodine deficiency because iodine is widely available in sea fish, shellfish, eggs, cereal grains, legumes. More details here. Thus for most of the daily cooking I have replaced the regular salt with rock salt .
Replace milk chocolate with dark chocolate:
I am extremely fond of chocolate. Everyone who knows me also knows how I often hide from my kids and eat chocolate – mine as well as theirs :). So to satisfy my chocolate cravings, I have moved to trying to have more of the dark chocolates as against the regular milk chocolates. Dark chocolates have a few health benefits over the milk variety – click here for more. These days the Lindt Dark chocolate with sea salt is one of my favourites.
Replace bread with roti (flat whole-wheat bread) :
Breakfast at my place generally is eggs for at least 3-4 days in a week and we used to have that with bread. Bread generally is made with refined flour. Also some time ago there were some articles on carcinogenic chemical found in many of the commonly used commercial bread brands. Thus in an attempt to reduce bread consumption we replaced the morning bread and eggs with paratha/roti and eggs.
Replace dieting with exercising:
Weight is something that many of us struggle with and after the kids. There was a time I was trying very hard to loose some weight. Most of the times when I have tried to lose weight it is more of going on a diet coupled with some light Yoga. While in my younger days this did work for me, I have realized that not having some intensive kind of activity as a part of routine eventually makes us lose stamina over the long run. Thus I have included a good amount of exercise during some days of the week and have set up some fitness goals too. For now, it feels good to start getting my stamina back but will update more on this once im closer to my goals J
These are simple changes and while they look easy to incorporate, it has taken a while for it to actually become a habit and a part of the daily routine. And like every change this has slowly but surely helped our family to move in the positive direction towards a healthier life.
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