I thought it was time to complete some thoughts on my advice to fellow Aspies.
This tip I have is to take care of your bodies. You only get one of these in your life (most times). It is so important that we take care of them so we can live to our fullest potential.
Just a side note: I am NOT a doctor by any means a lot of what I’ve learned has been due to watching a lot of Dr. Oz, and the like. Always talk to your doctor and do research before applying any of these tips!’
I want to see you ALL live lives happy and healthy! Ready for my tips?
- Know your food allergies. A lot of Aspies are actually allergic to some degree to dairy, and gluten. Allergies can have many manifestations. Research them and pay attention how you react to new foods and spices. I personally developed an allergy to fish later in my life (I discovered it at 17 or 18), so they can pop up even after you first try them. The good thing is that here are therapies (holistic and traditional) that can help, and sometimes even reverse the allergy entirely.
- Eat a balanced diet. You’ve probably heard this a million times from people but it really IS important. I personally have cut out red meat in my diet and stick to whole wheat pastas, and breads whenever I have the choice. I also stay away from processed foods as much as I can, and eat my veggies. I also rarely add salt to anything I cook or eat. I use spices or sometimes low fat cheese to bring out flavor. When thinking about food don’t just go by the calorie content, research what nutrients it has in it and how to preserve them (like by not over cooking your veggies, leaving the peel on your apple, ect.) This is especially important if we need to lose weight, get our blood pressure down (and keep it down) or keep our cholesterol levels in check.
- Be active. Also, something you’ve probably heard a million times. Exercise is a great stress reliever. Thanks Oxytocin! So instead of stress eating or vegging in front of a TV, take a walk, take a hike with friends, play a sport, go for a run with your dog, or take a swim. For those of you who don’t feel comfortable going out of the house, there are several work out games, (“Dance, Dance Revolution” is a good one I’ve used). Just move, and find something you enjoy. :) If you’re like me and need to lose some weight (or just want to), talk to you doctor and figure out the best steps for you to take. What helps me is amping my workout up when it starts to feel too easy. As for me I love swimming, the treadmill at a high incline (15%), the stepper machines, free weights, weight machines, and floor exercises. I’ve lost 30 pounds doing what I have, so it does work!
- Find things that relax your mind. The body is very much connected to the mind. It’s essential to relax our minds and mind our stress levels for our bodies to work like they should. I’m a Christian so I like to pray and listen to music that encourages a stable state of mind if I’m stressed. Meditation and being thankful for what you DO have in your life can make your stresses seem less. So can talking to someone you trust. I know talking and trusting someone is hard for us, but worth it when we find someone worthy.
PS: I am NOT a doctor by any means a lot of what I’ve learned has been due to watching a lot of Dr. Oz, and the like. Always talk to your doctor and do research before applying any of these tips!
I’m going to write some relationship blogs soon. What do you guys want to have me write about? Let me know! Your comments and questions are welcome always!