I also ate a lot of added sugar. I started the day with cereal and orange juice. Sweets were just part of the day.
Then I grew up and learned the effects of a poor diet: Obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers. It was time to do something about my diet.
I took the unconventional step of enrolling in a graduate nutrition program. Throughout the two-year program, I took steps to clean up my diet. My priorities were to prevent chronic health conditions and feel good. I wasn’t concerned with weight loss.
Along the way I learned that…
In quarantine, we wear slippers at home, sneakers for outdoor walks, and everything else is stashed in the closet. Comfortable footwear has been one pandemic bonus — or so we thought.
Logging extra hours standing while cooking or working at makeshift desks is causing a new malady: Slipper feet. Podiatrists say that they’re seeing an increase in heal pain, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, and inflammation in the ball of the foot. Slipping in stocking feet on smooth floors and moving wrong while doing barefoot home workouts are also causing foot and ankle injuries.
What I Learned about Self-Care — From My Cat
I never thought of my cat as a role model for wellness before quarantine. But as we spend 24-hours a day for 10 months at home together all the time, I realized that cats are the masters of self-care and that I could learn a thing or two.
My cat, Gatito, is a 13-year-old American shorthair. I took him in when he was 7 and his previous family moved abroad. I jokingly call him the worst roommate I’ve ever had because I have to provide for him, beg him to hang…