Healthy Living A to Z: V is for Variety

You may have heard the old saying variety is the spice of life. Variety is important for health and longevity. The following are ways we can use variety to our benefit.

Eat a Variety of Foods
The best way to get the important nutrients you body needs is to eat a variety of foods, preferably minimally processed or whole foods. Be sure to get variety in the colors of the fruits and vegetables your eat — think eating the rainbow. The nutrients give the foods their color.

Engage in a Variety of Physical Activities
We all know that it is important to get up and move. One way to keep this from becoming drudgery is to vary your activity. Run, walk, play tennis, soccer, basketball, dance, take an exercise class. Mix up your activities, make them fun and you will get more out of your workouts.

Engage in a Variety of Mental Activities
It is important to keep the mind active throughout life. This can be done by taking classes, learning a new skill, taking up a new hobby or doing puzzles or word games.

So what are some of the ways you get variety in your life? Talk to me.

Thought for Today

Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

“The first place we lose the battle is in our own thinking. If you think it’s permanent then it’s permanent. If you think you’ve reached your limits then you have. If you think you’ll never get well then you won’t. You have to change your thinking. You need to see everything that’s holding you back, every obstacle, every limitation as only temporary.” –Joel Osteen

 

Fall Fun: Fall Leaf Crafts

Fall at Chalco #8 Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

Fall at Chalco #8
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

Remember when we used to press fall leaves between sheets of waxed paper? Well there are now new techniques to preserve leafs and lots of new craft ideas. These are just a few of those available around the web.

Roses from Fall Leaves

Easy Fall Crafts from Leaves from Better Homes and Gardens (these include projects for grown ups)

Tree with Real Laves from Fun Preschool Activities 

Leaf Crafts from About.com Family Crafts

Anyone have a favorite fall leaf craft project you would like to share?

 

 

 

Thought for Today

Chalco Bridge in Morning Fog Copyright 2009 by R.O. Robbins

Chalco Bridge in Morning Fog
Copyright 2009 by R.O. Robbins

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”  –Maya Angelou, author and poet [Source:  Guideposts Daily Scripture and Reflection Newsletter]

Thought for Today

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

“Forgiveness is the choice to see people as they are now. When we’re mad at people, we’re angry because of something they said or did before this moment. By letting go of the past, we make room for miracles to replace our grievances.” Marianne Williamson

Thought for Today

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

“Awareness is the power that is concealed within the present moment. … The ultimate purpose of human existence, which is to say, your purpose, is to bring that power into this world.” Eckhart Tolle [Source: Weekly Present Moment Reminders from Eckhart Tolle TV]