The Healthy Writer: This Is Just The Maintenance Plan

by @thewritermama on November 4, 2013

What I do for a living is bad for my health.

I don’t intend to change what I do, so I had to come up with ways to respond to what would otherwise become inevitable damage.

I plan to stick around for a long time. So, I take proactive steps against the damage, and all of these steps have really helped.

Here is my philosophy in a nutshell. I cover basic recommendations in my supplements to balance out imbalances caused by my lifestyle and diet.

Basically my supplements are an assortment of quality products that most experts agree are good for everyone. When I take them, exercise and drink enough water, I feel calm, centered, balanced and like I am taking great care of myself.

When I wasn’t supplementing, I felt sluggish, crabby, and emotional. I am not the greatest eater. I do not drink as much water as I should. I am way too sedentary. I exercise regularly but could probably exercise even more.

In response, these are the habits I’ve gotten into and the products I use. I hope this list is helpful.

An Elliptical Machine (Check your local big box store or Amazon Prime)

If I didn’t have this machine, I would not exercise through the cold months. And I find that I enjoy switching things up, running in the warm months and using the machine in the laundry room during the cold months. I have a relatively inexpensive model that I got on sale from Costco.com. It would be the equivalent of something like this one on Amazon. For me, it’s not about having a fancy model, it’s about having one that works well and gets the job done. After just one season, I feel like this is an investment that has already paid for itself.

Healthforce Vitamineral Green Tablets LINK

This is the product I can’t live without. I take a half-dose a day, which is four capsules a day, because I am more interested in health maintenance than cleansing, but you can use this product for de-toxing if you are into it. Whenever anyone has a cold around here, I push these capsules on them until they feel better.

Nordic Naturals, Nordic GLA LINK

This product has made a huge difference for me. If you have any kinds of hormonal issue (you may not even know you have them, I didn’t), try this and see if you notice a difference, too.

New Chapter Zyflamend Whole Body LINK

I have arthritis in my neck, so I take an anti-inflammatory. If you have any kind of bone or joint issues, I suggest you try this. I think it works great.

Jarrow Formulas Jarro-dophilius +FOS LINK

This is the brand of pro-biotic I currently take. If you will not use swift shipping, purchase probiotic supplements at your local health food store. Look in the refrigerated section.

Healthforce Vitamineral Earth Powder LINK

I mix this with vanilla almond milk, a frozen banana, and a bit of honey and it tastes pretty good. If you like Chai tea, you will probably like the flavor. I always feel great after drinking this, though I don’t drink it every day.

Healthforce Acai Resveratrol Ultimate Orac Antioxidant Extreme LINK

I like taking this supplement because it makes me feel like I am doing the maximum I can do for my body, but I’d think of it as an extra. See if you feel like you need it.

L-Theanine 200 mg LINK

This supplement is helpful for mental clarity and I find that it really helps, especially if my brain is feeling sluggish or slow for whatever reason.

Yerba Maté Tea Check out the Guayaki brand in your local health foods section

Yerba Maté tea was recommended to me for mental clarity (it contains caffeine) and also for increasing metabolism when used regularly. I probably don’t drink enough for the second effect, but it’s a great coffee substitute when you need to be sharp and alert. I stock up on this when it goes on sale to offset the cost.

San Pellegrino Mineral Water Check your local big box store

I drink this when I just can’t get myself to drink tap water. Luckily drinking more water comes part and parcel with taking supplements. I sometimes have my supplements as a snack with water because just taking them fills me up.

This probably seems like a lot of supplements, if you are not accustomed to taking any, but I have winnowed out any that didn’t seem to help, and stuck with those that do.

These supplements work for me. I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. But if your health feels like it is in decline because of overwork, stress, or lifestyle choices, I would say that you probably can’t go wrong trying any of these products.

If you feel so inclined, test them on yourself and see what you think.

And if you have any habits or products that have made a difference for you, and you are not a company representative, please share in the comments.

~ Photo by Marsmett Tallahassee

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