when i saw the headline for this article on msnbc.com, i got a little scared. i was all, "oh crap, i bet i don’t do any of them! i’m a failure at health!" now that i’ve read the article i feel a little better–except for the fact that as a vegan, i’m sorely lacking in the habit i should have down pat. the five habits are:
1. tobacco avoidance. done. i’ve never even tried smoking, not even once. yes, i’m that girl.
2. BMI in the "healthy range" (i.e., between 18.5 and 25). i’m at 19.5 right now.
3. at least 5 servings of fruit/veggies per day. ahem. *looks around guiltily* i suck at this. on a regular day i count the jelly on my pb&j as one fruit. on good days i have a banana or an apple for a snack, and maybe a serving or two of veggies with dinner. that’s like 3 servings on a good day. honestly, i should be ashamed of myself.
4. 30 minutes of physical activity at least 5 times a week. i’ve been bad lately (the past couple of months), but in general i’m pretty good at this. my ideal week includes 3 days at the gym for 90 minutes, 1 day at the gym for 60 minutes, 2 hours of dog-walking once a week, and if i’m lucky, two days of ashtanga yoga (60-90 minutes). i also like to walk places when i can, and i’m a big fan of taking the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator.
5. moderate use of alcohol (sometimes defined as "no more than one drink per day"). i don’t drink, so i’m covered here. i’m not a weirdo about it; it’s just that i don’t like beer or wine or most hard liquor, so i’m pretty much relegated to the girly drinks (tastes like kool-aid? okay then!). but then there’s the fact that i don’t hold my alcohol well and i don’t enjoy the feeling of being drunk. and i really, really hate throwing up. i’ve been drunk twice in my whole life and that was enough for me.
all in all, this list is making me feel a lot more healthy than i probably should. i was sure i’d fail miserably because i thought there would be items like "sleep 8 hours per night" and "reduce stress in day-to-day life" and "stop procrastinating, dumbass." maybe someone should publish a list like that, just so i can refer to it and make myself follow it.