10 Healthy Living Tips: Do I follow them?

chocolate parfait


I really liked  Amanda’s (from Run to the Finish) post last week where she addressed 10 healthy living tips that she doesn’t follow.

I thought it would be fun to look at the 10 Healthy Living Tips she discussed and, almost like a survey, see if I follow them.

1. Drink Warm Lemon Water

I don’t drink lemon water in the morning (unless there’s a lemon in the house which is rare) but I do drink water mixed with Apple Cider Vinegar every morning which I always forget to mention.

I have been doing so for a couple of years now and although they claim there are multiple health benefits to drinking Apple Cider Vinegar, I can’t say that I feel them at this point; I think I drink it out of habit more than anything else but hey, if it’s good for me, great! Maybe my insides are appreciating it.

Quick List of Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits (click here for more in-depth info):

  • Improved Digestion
  • Detoxification Properties
  • Regulate Blood Sugar
  • Weight Loss
  • Improve Skin
  • Regulate Blood Pressure
  • Reduce Leg Cramps
  • Increase Energy Levels

2.  Kale Chips

I have gone through phases making kale chips but too much kale hurts my stomach so I really don’t buy kale any more at all. I know it’s a great green to eat but spinach is much easier on my stomach. So there.

3. 10 oz Water Per Mile While Running

While hydration is extremely important, I have never measured the amount of water I drink while I run nor have I considered how much water I drink per mile. In fact, unless it’s summer, I rarely bring water outside with me when i run. Maybe this isn’t right but I would say that it works for me. I do make sure to drink of course – in advance of my workouts, after my workouts and all day long. I eat hydrating fruits as well.

At The Cheesecake Factory over the weekend, I definitely had our waiter filling my cup over and over – I always drink a ton of water when we eat at The Cheesecake Factory, with lemon 🙂


During races, I do grab water as often as possible, especially early in the race, even before I think I am thirsty. The one time I skipped a water stop thinking I wasn’t thirsty, I got thirsty right after and I do believe it negatively affected the rest of the race for me.

4.  No Eating after 7PM

No clock is going to tell me when I eat. I cannot go to bed hungry. If I am even the slightest bit hungry, I eat something before going to bed. If I even try to go to bed slightly hungry, I will be up, nauseous-starving, looking for oatmeal at 2:00 am (which happens sometimes anyway).

5. No Eating in Front of the TV

Like, I get it, but I often eat my snacks and meals while watching television if no one else is home and I have no plans on changing this habit.

6. Cut the Sugar

If I ever tell you I gave up cake or the desserts that I enjoy, please call my mother to schedule an immediate intervention. I may not eat cookies, ice cream sundaes and chocolate cake every day, but they are all regular occurrences and make me happy.

I had this delicious parfait thing from Whole Foods over the weekend! It was layers of chocolate cake with fresh whipped cream (like a thick whipped cream, almost more of a whipped cream frosting) with lots of strawberries. I would definitely get it again.

chocolate parfait

I won’t deny my dessert cravings and I won’t give up the naturally occurring sugars in fruits either. In fact, I don’t count the sugar in fruit as sugar, I look at an apple as if it’s an apple and a banana as if it’s a banana.

I realize that other products contain hidden sugars, which I do notice on the bottles of tomato sauce, barbecue sauce and ketchup but the products I buy (which are free from artificial stuff and high fructose corn syrup), I enjoy.

I try not to get too nutty over these things because doing so would make my life miserable and I think, for me, on a negative path to disordered eating.

7.  Buy Organic For Anything Where You Eat The Skin

I try to pay attention to the dirty dozen list but I don’t always; I do the best I can. They do say it’s still better to eat your fruits and veggies regardless of organic or not organic than to not eat them at all.

8. Get a Trainer

You know, I totally forgot that I had a trainer when I was in college. He was my dad’s regular trainer at our gym so sometimes I would take his sessions or schedule a few of my own. He definitely worked me hard but it’s not something I am looking to get involved with again. I like my workouts and my routine just fine without the extra help.

9. Lift Heavy Things

Do 3 lb weights count? How about my body weight exercises? Those feel heavy and difficult for sure!

I never liked weight lifting so finding Pure Barre was the best thing ever for me since the light weights and tiny isometric movements can be killer AND super effective. I have also noticed that although I mostly work with light weights and body weight exercises, I can lift heavier free weights than before I started Pure Barre.

Pure Barre

10. Cold Shower Therapy

A cold shower to trigger fat burning? No thanks. Heck, I can’t even take an ice bath after my runs, you think I am getting into a cold shower ever on purpose? I will happily keep my fat in favor of a hot shower every morning.

Your turn!

Pick one or a few of these healthy living tips and let me know if they are a part of your daily routine or if you skip them completely!

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Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

27 thoughts on “10 Healthy Living Tips: Do I follow them?”

  1. Okay most of these I don’t follow, I can’t imagine being quite that strict about anything! The ones I could probably learn from though are drinking more water, not eating in front of the tv/computer for every single thing that goes in my mouth, and more lifting heavy things (or anything besides a laundry basket!) I do like kale and don’t eat a lot of sugar, plus I drink water with lemon/acv pretty regularly. I’m the same with organic produce though and can’t spend the money on it since we go through it like water. Better than not eating it!

  2. I don’t think I follow any of these! I try to buy organic but not always, its just too expensive! And I always eat dessert after 7pm. Sometimes dinner is even after 7pm. It’s just not practical to set a time limit on eating!

  3. I love this! I always wondered if the apple cider thing actually did anything for you because I tried it and cannot even gag down the taste! I used to follow the no eating after 7 thing and be so paranoid if I ever broke that rule but I am so glad I got over that habit. I always have a late night snack and it makes me happy.

  4. I do none of these things except the cold showers when it’s hot in the summer 😉 I’m so healthy hahahaa. I am cutting out added sugar for two weeks because I was eating too much of it and got really sick one night. It’s not hard though because my body doesn’t even want it. I see a cookie and I remember feeling so sick and just feel disgusted. I think cutting it out for a couple weeks is a good idea right now. Excuse to eat more PB

  5. I could never take a cold shower willingling, let alone an ice bath. I’m more of a hot Epsom salt bath person. I have made kale chips before but not regularly. And I hardly take water on my run unless I plan on running double digits that day.

  6. Oh my gosh I don’t think I do any of these! I’m like you and don’t count the sugar in fruit–I try to be aware of cutting things that have added sugar, but please believe I still eat dark chocolate almonds and cake when I want it! I’ve been bringing water on my long runs now which has been helping but I definitely take in way less than 10 ounces per mile.

  7. I’ll eat kale chips if someone makes them for me! Otherwise I abide by none of these rules, and I’m perfectly happy & healthy, so I guess it’s all good!

    My abridged rules: eat nutrient-rich, yummy foods, love how you move & move often, make each day meaningful in some way, be grateful for at least one thing each day. 🙂

  8. I started drinking a combination of lemon/ACV water every morning though I never put it in my WIAWs… I don’t know if it’s as great as they say but it clears out my throat and starts off my day well so I’m sticking to it. I definitely don’t lift heavy things or go to a gym or see a trainer, running and yoga is enough for me. I also don’t see how I could cut sugar more – people tell me I eat too much fruit, since it isn’t all dark chocolate and ice cream/froyo that’s putting sugar in me, but I am not giving up my apples and berries because that’s ridiculous!

  9. Ha yeah right if I ever get rid of sugar from my diet that will be the end. I eat what I want, when I want. Last night that meant a lot of cake balls. Listening to my cravings keeps me mentally healthy and it also satisfies what I’m in the mood for at that time rather than sending me down a never-ending path of trying to substitute what I really want for something else. I don’t follow any of the typical “healthy” tips and I think I do just fine 🙂

  10. I enjoyed this post a lot and can definitely relate. I follow some “healthy living” tips but not a lot by any means. I don’t ever add lemons to my water…but I do add the crystal light packages. I love my sugar and I normally have a snack after 7!

  11. No eating in front of TV is the impossible habits for me. I think eating all alone just borinG sometimes and take a lot time? I mean, I try eat delicious and good-looking food, but shewing is freaking boring anyway 😀

  12. One week of me cutting out sugar and my family would beg me to add it back into my diet ;). Okay, actually after a day already, I guess. It’s not like I was going crazy with it as is but I just don’t see the point in forcing myself to stay away from chocolate or be hyper-aware And until the day a highly regarded independent scientist I trust publishes proof showing cold showers lead to lonevity I’ll take mine hot, too.

  13. It’s currently 7PM and I’m sitting here in front of the computer snacking on a big bowl of cereal and fruit, soooooo there’s that 😛 I honestly can’t say I follow any sort of rules strictly. I might try to do something for a little while, but I don’t like getting too rigid about things so I end up doing it sometimes but not always. I like it like that.

  14. I love you even more after reading this! I wish I had a Meredith in my life that lived close by.

    When I breastfed Callum, I’d wake up every single night to eat. I’d probably pack in 1000 calories by 5am.

    1. ha! So many times, especially after a week of a lot of running or harder running, I wake up starving and end up in the kitchen eating a super early (like 2 am) breakfast of oatmeal. then I go right back to sleep lol. I don’t remember if I was hungry at night when I was nursing but I was definitely eating lots of snacks during the day because it increased my appetite for sure.

  15. The only thing I kinddaaa follow from the list is the warm water with lemon thing. Except … I drink really hot water throughout the day and don’t put any lemons in it.

    And I definitely break rules 4, 5, and 6 every day … Usually all three at once.

  16. I tick most of these boxes! Don’t bring water with me on any run, unless it goes beyond 16 miles mainly because I just hate carrying anything while I run. I know I probably shouldn’t do this but it doesn’t bother me, I don’t miss it during the run and I drink lots of water before and after. If I’m on my tod, I also eat in front of the TV. Oh well!

  17. There’s not a chance in hell I’m taking a cold shower to trigger weight loss. I will however drink my morning cup of hot lemon water. I actually think it’s great for immune system and since I started last June, I haven’t been sick. Knock on wood.

    You already know how I feel about food rules. Rules, schmules. 🙂

  18. Ha – no eating after 7pm. What, if you are going to bed at 7:15?! Most nights I don’t even eat dinner until 7:30-8. It kind of works out because if I eat dinner earlier, I want dessert later in the night.

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