Health – Taking Care of Ourselves Inside and Out
Health is important beyond what you see on the exterior. While the old adage, “Black Don’t Crack” sounds good, are we taking care of the internal part of our temple?
Each year I am focused with scheduling the kid’s annual well-being exam. My only concern was to schedule my annual OB/GYN exam and my mammogram. My company sponsored healthcare plan offers a covered preventative office visit during the calendar year with a credit incentive in the next calendar year. Just in time for the end of the year, I was able to schedule an appointment. In addition to my physical examination, I also had a lab request for blood screening.
Before my physical examination, the physician assistant discussed my eating habits, exercise regimen, stress level, and sleep. My physical examination included checking my lungs, reflexes, flexibility, breast exam and
During the holiday break, I do find myself overindulging in sweets and foods I try to resist during the year. My lab work showed my Vitamin D and B12 levels were low as well as elevated triglyceride levels. Fast forward to the pharmacy for prescription strength Vitamin D for 6 weeks(to recheck my numbers) and then OTC Vitamin D for a month. Vitamin B12 for a month and addition of a fish oil capsule at mealtime.
Next steps include reducing and limiting carbohydrates, fat and sugar while increasing my fiber, fruit, and vegetables. Also continuing my exercise regimen. This is a clear example of no matter how we look on the outside we must take care of our internal health. We cannot compromise our health by putting others first. I had no indication these deficiencies existed so it is extremely critical to check schedule a physical each year. Although I try to include some form of fitness it is senseless to exercise if my body is not functioning properly. This is why it is a good idea to consult a doctor before starting any fitness regimen.
Meal planning is the biggest challenge. I find that we waste more food than we consume. There is also limited time on the weekend to prepare meals. I just wish there was a way to prepare a variety of delicious and healthy meals for three and filled with flavor. This will be my daily project for the next few months.
Lifestyle Goals for 2017
- Physical Exam and Lab Work (check)
- Meal plan for healthier eating