FIRST THOUGHT: The Power of Healthy Habits
I don’t know about you, but my metabolism isn’t what it used to be. My mouth waters at the thought of what I used to eat on Friday nights: a burger, fries and a chocolate milkshake. It’s all about balance now. I pick and choose what I want to indulge in, like a really good glass of red wine, and I savor it more. It isn’t about fitting into an arbitrary size or getting that beach body—whatever the heck that is. It’s about feeling good in my skin. It’s about being as healthy as possible so I can live this beautiful life as long as possible.
WOMEN IN NUMBERS: $20 Billion
Some statistics can make your jaw drop. $20 billion is one such number. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition estimates that if Americans whittled their sodium intake down to 1,200 milligrams per day, as much as $20 billion a year could be reduced in medical costs. Eating better means possibly avoiding diabetes and heart disease, among other ailments.
To put it in perspective: 1,200 milligrams is about the same amount as a large bucket of popcorn at the movie theater. I guess next time I’ll have to sneak some carrot sticks into my purse. Sigh.
WOMAN TO WATCH: Shauna Martin, Founder and CEO of Daily Greens
Shauna Martin was 33 years old, a mother to a 1-year-old and a kickass lawyer when she was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. Her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after. Martin created Pink Ribbon Cowgirls, a resource and support system for young women battling breast cancer.
Following a year of chemotherapy and a mastectomy, Martin’s body felt like a war zone. After watching Kris Carr’s film Crazy Sexy Cancer, Martin began exploring the correlation between food and health. She continued to practice law during her remission, but Martin adopted a vegan diet and focused on noshing on raw foods and slurping up green juice.
Her friends and family loved her juice recipes but got tired of pulling out the juicer. (I’m with you on that!) That gave Martin an idea. With 60 bottles of juice, she set up shop at a local farmers market in 2010, and sold out within a couple hours. From that moment, Martin pushed law aside and concentrated on building a business called Daily Greens. Now, the juices can be found in hundreds of stores throughout the country and are available online. Today, Martin is more than a cancer survivor; she’s a business mogul.
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Martin changed her day-to-day life after facing a scary outcome. What good habits are you cultivating? As Aristotle said: “We are what we repeatedly do.”
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