Charlotte Hilton Andersen
One of the things I find most mystifying about the upcoming holiday season is why people want to wait until January 1st to do things. See, I’m impatient. And impulsive. The two combined have resulted in many a comical life disaster (ask me about the time I showed up to a job interview wearing a dress that I had shortened with a pair of scissors ten minutes beforehand in the parking lot).Â However, the good thing is that once I decide to do something, I do it. Right then. Even if it is the middle of the night. People love this about me. So much so that my husband now takes sleeping pills and refuses to discuss anything important with me after 10 p.m.
So in the name of immediacy,Â I offer you seven healthy changes that you can do right now. Today! Maybe even this very second! Why waste a month (or a good hem) in waiting?
- Move your fruit bowl to the middle of your table. A) It’s a pretty centerpiece so people will think you decorate and stuff and b) you’re more liable to eat it if you see it first thing when you walk into your kitchen.Â Studies show that the average American eats less than 2 servings a day of fruits and vegetables. While I find that hard to believe aboutÂ myÂ readers — if I have learned one thing doing this blog it is that you are hardly average! — we could all use a fiber barrier between us and the eggnog* cooling device.
- Call your sister. In the famedÂ Harvard longevity study, one of the most surprising correlations they found was that people who had a good relationship with a sibling — particularly a sister — lived longer and were happier. I’m fortunate to have two very smart sisters, whose sole purpose in life seems to be entertaining me via the hands-free attachment of my cell phone. It’s gotten to the point where my kids think Aunt LaLa is really my imaginary friend who appears during Mommy’s Crazy Time (i.e. the hours between dinner and bedtime) to talk me down from the ledge.
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