I really like the word “moving” rather than exercise (a 4 letter word in the minds of many – including me). Now more than ever before (due to COVID restrictions) you have to move and be active even it is just around your home or neighborhood. Sitting around watching depressing news that you have no control over, can affect you not only mentally, but physically as well. Don’t put off moving until tomorrow when you can begin today. Whether COVID-19 or another virus down the road, the best defense you have is a healthy organic machine – your body. Moving makes it stronger along with eating correctly.
Think of your body as your house and your joints as its furniture or its nooks and crannies. What happens if you don’t dust your furniture or clean around the baseboards or corners of a room? You get an accumulation of dust, dirt, and cobwebs, right? Think of your hips, knees, shoulders, and other joints as items you need to “dust.” Moving prevents the formation of “cobwebs” in your joints.
Personally, I like to put music on while I cook, and then I dance! I do deep knee bends every time I take clothes out of the dryer. I take one piece of clothing out at a time, so if there are ten pairs of socks in the dryer, that equals twenty deep knee bends.
Another easy way to get moving is grocery shopping. I know where the items are at my local grocery store, but I purposefully create my shopping in a way that requires me to go from one end of the store to the other end. I also park my car far away from the door as possible. All of those steps add up, burning excess glucose, improving flexibility and increasing activity is a win/win. Every single time your body moves, it burns glucose (the body’s fuel), improves flexibility, your health and weight.
When you eat to protect your pancreas and move, your body must go into your storage tanks for extra fuel which leads to weight loss. Also, the added benefit of movement is the release of endorphins that aid in reducing stress, anxiety and depression, along with improving sleep and self-esteem (especially when your weight starts to drop, and your health improves).
Whether you get down on your hands and knees to wash the floor, hula hoop, clean the windows, wash your car, lift weights, dance or take a walk after dinner, any of these activities will raise your heart rate, increase your stamina and force you to utilize muscles that need to be dusted off and engaged.
I cannot emphasize enough the need to love and care for yourself. Make this a priority for 2021! Remember, your mind, body, and spirit are in a partnership. They work in unison to sustain life. Give your body something to work with – wholesome, nutritious, responsibly grown pancreatic friendly foods and engage in some form of movement/activity on a daily basis. Your health and well-being will benefit. Now – GET MOVING!
Candice Rosen is a registered nurse, social worker, healthcare counselor, researcher and author. The Pancreatic Oath and Forget Dieting! It’s All About Data Driven Fueling (Rowman & Littlefield, July 2020) are available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
Candice believes in the practice of self health. Her hypothesis is that all non-communicable diseases (obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, polycystic ovarian syndrome, low testosterone, renal issues and even some cancers) stem from pancreatic abuse. What is pancreatic abuse? Anytime you raise your blood glucose over 100 ninety minutes after you eat a meal or a snack, you are asking for weight gain and poor health.
*Never allow your glucose to drop below 70. Clients of Candice test their glucose using a glucometer for 2-3 months to determine what fuel/food works best for their organic machine. Always consult your physician before engaging in any new eating plan.
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