By: Maegan Lovell
The end of the year is coming up and New Years’ resolutions are looming. Pressure is starting to build and expectations will be set at unachievable levels. Before you set your sights on the bikini or Speedo you promised yourself you’d fit into for #SpringBreak2019, let’s focus on some realities of nutrition and coming to terms with the body you live in.
Crash Dieting Does NOT Work
Read that and then read it again. If you deprive your body of the fuel it needs to function, you are going to lower your blood sugar and you are going to binge, and likely it will be something bad for you. You will then feel terrible and thus the cycle repeats. Think of food as fuel for the beautiful machine you get to live in and put all of the necessary components into it (yes that means carbs AND fats). That means eat less CRAP and eat more FOOD.
Exercise to CELEBRATE Your Body, Not Punish It
This is a lot easier said than done. So much of nutrition involves using the fuel you’ve put in your body to celebrate the gift that is your body with movement! Dragging ourselves to the gym and running on the treadmill when we hate it is not sustainable. If an exercise is boring, don’t do it just because you feel like you should! Find something that fills you with joy and do that. Love tennis? Grab a friend and head to your local park; it doesn’t have to be professional and you certainly don’t need fancy equipment (Ahem, Goodwill anyone?). Something as simple as a 15 minute cell-phone free walk in the morning WILL change your entire day.
Eat To Fuel Your Body, NOT Your Emotions
Hi, Emotional Eater here, telling you we are NOT dogs who deserve food as a reward for training. We are human beings who go through a whirlwind of emotions every day. At the end of the day, we will feel 100% better if we are eating sustainable, balanced meals instead of snacking on junk food that doesn’t satisfy us or our bodies.
Be Aware Of How You Talk To Your Body
Think about what it would be like if you talked to yourself the way you would talk to a small child. Would you still say or think some of the things you do now? If the answer is no, reevaluate the thoughts you allow yourself to have. Our inner monologue becomes what we believe, and when we think positively and celebrate all that our bodies do for us rather than criticize little imperfections, we are creating a breeding ground for more positivity.
The Only Person Responsible For Taking Care of You is YOU
No more excuses. If you take the steps to care for your body, you will immediately notice the effects. Put good in, get good out is applicable in nutrition, the thoughts you have about your body, and the exercises you do (or don’t do) every day. Stop finding excuses and show up for yourself every single day.
Using the New Year as a starting point isn’t necessary - you have the tools to start right now and you are worth making the changes. The fact of the matter is that we have to spend the rest of our lives living in these bodies. This is the body you get. Care for it, celebrate it, and love it well, and I promise it will reciprocate.
By: Ann Davis-Rowe
If you’re a regular reader of The Adult Dish, you know that reducing our negative impact on the environment is a huge deal. (And if not, read this.) One easy way to do this is to go paperless on as many statement-printing accounts as you can: your bank or credit union, credit cards, student loans, investment accounts [like your 401(k)], etc. Besides saving trees, it’s also easy to look up details and pay bills online. AND you don’t have to store all that paper.
But, sometimes, going paperless isn’t an option. So what do you do with all that… stuff? And how long do you have to keep it anyway?
Here are few general rules:
As with all tax-related discussions, there are always exceptions. For details on tax oddities (like if you filed a fraudulent return – they really do cover everything), see here. It’s specific to small businesses, but good rules of thumb nonetheless.
So now that you know you have a whole bunch of stuff you can get rid of – what do you do with it? First of all, do not toss it in with the rest of your recycling. This isn’t just paranoia given what a pain in the neck identify theft can be. Home shredders can be purchased fairly inexpensively on Amazon or at your favorite office supply store. If you don’t want to make that purchase, your bank may have regular shredding services for its customers. Also, many churches or other non-profits often offer shredding days for a small donation per box – check the bulletin board at your favorite coffee shop; such things are often posted there.
But what to do with what you can’t get rid of?
One option would be to scan everything and keep it on an external hard drive with cloud back up. Dropbox and GoogleDrive are options to start with if you wish to go that route, but for more secure storage, you may want to consider a service like Carbonite or Zoolz.
If you don’t have a scanner or don't want to go through the hassle, there is nothing wrong with a classic set of manila folders. Personally, in our house we have an old school filing cabinet that my husband inherited a million years ago, and one Saturday I bought a box of folders and a Sharpie and created files for everything we need to keep: tax returns from before we were married, combined tax returns, 401(k) and Roth records, medical records, and pet vaccinations. It’s been super easy to update this basic system for our new house – mortgage docs, deed, appliances, etc. This method works for us because a classic tan filing cabinet fits with our eclectic design aesthetic. It used to hold up one end of a desk made of an old door, and now it’s a funky side table covered in our spare room.
If you’re not into that 1980s office look, there is a whole range of other options, from decorative folders to hidden storage, and they’re findable from small stationery stores to big boxes. The important thing is to find what works for you and just do it. Take a Saturday, put on some energizing tunes, pour a cup of coffee (or a mimosa), and start working through it. Once you have your system down, it will be super easy to add and remove things as necessary and you won’t have to think twice about it. Easy adulting is the best adulting.