Let’s talk healthcare…
dentist appointments, skin checks with a dermatologist, physical wellness evaluations (body composition, oxygen intake levels, etc.), mammograms for women over 30, etc….
I admit I’m far from the greatest at keeping up with this stuff.
I definitely don’t want to admit how long it’s been since I last went to see a dentist, and I’ll admit I’ve never been to a dermatologist before.
BUT, I can honestly say that I’m currently working on changing this.
I have an appointment with a dermatologist tomorrow afternoon for a full-body check,
and I just looked through the list of dentist offices that are covered with our insurance and plan to call today to set up an appointment.
My yearly health check-up will be due in February, and
my next body composition/physical health evaluation can be scheduled at the end of November/beginning of December.
I may be making healthy choices every day in terms of how I treat my body (good nutrition, regular exercise, spiritual growth, etc.), but to ignore important appointments is an essential part of my overall wellness and something I plan to improve on!
The What I Ate Wednesday theme this month is partially about Breast Cancer Awareness and along with that comes the importance of health check-ups.
I think every day that I have to make my health a priority now so that I can be healthy later on in life when I’ll have so many things to enjoy. Isn’t that what we all desire?
A major part of being healthy now, of course, is having a well-balanced, nutrient-dense diet.
My eats from yesterday weren’t too bad…
…the following is my food journal from Tuesday, October 16th…
After a good upper body and core workout, I made a smoothie for breakfast.
In the mix:
- 2 handfuls fresh spinach leaves
- 1 large handful fresh kale
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 3/4 cup orange juice (not from concentrate, no sugar added)
topped with sliced raw almonds and some Bear Naked Fit granola
A few hours later I snacked on a Fruition bar and half a banana (not pictured; something ‘for the taking’ from the kitchen at work).
I brought the following for lunch:
- edamame with sea salt
- baby carrots
- a whole wheat tortilla spread with crunchy raw almond butter, cinnamon, pumpkin butter, and chia seeds, folded and sliced
- 2 squares of (organic) dark chocolate with almonds
black pepper and sea salt pistachios + gala apple slices
I also had a kiwi before heading out for a walk (<–it was 65 degrees out, on October 16th, in MN?! I had to take advantage of that and ended up spending a full hour out walking).
I tried a new recipe for dinner–Ginger, Chicken, and Broccoli with Bulgur
*I subbed in brown rice for the bulgur since I didn’t find that at the store
I found it in my October Fitness magazine and thought it sounded good.
Unfortunately, I really didn’t care for it (something about the mint maybe?) and ended up eating only half of that dish.
Jesse really liked it though and helped himself to 2 servings, so it must not have been too bad ;)
I got rid of the rest of my dish and grabbed a
bowl mug of cereal.
I made up a pan of Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars (Lindsay’s Recipe)…I packed most of them up to bring to a coworker, but J and I had to try a couple to make sure they were good, of course ;)
Are there certain health appointments you’re better at keeping up with than others??
When was the last time you saw a dermatologist or the dentist?
**let my not-so-impressive example serve as a reminder to you to make your health appointments a priority!
take the time for it now so that you’re not forced to be in that clinic (for a bad reason) in the future**