I was browsing through Pinterest the other day, looking for things to add to my Healthy Living board. I put in the keywords healthy and lifestyle, then hit search…
I scroll through pin after pin of ‘Lose 20 lbs!’, ‘Get rid of armpit fat!’ (really? is that a thing?), ‘Waist slimming challenge!’, and “Bigger butt plan!’. Interspersed are ‘Grow new hair!’, ‘Fat burning superfoods!’, and clean eating plans that, well…don’t let you eat.
When did healthy living start to mean ‘you’re not good enough, do things that are bad for you so you can look like someone’s imaginary idea of the human body’?
If I were Shakespeare, I would continue on with “…That is the question.”
But I am not Shakespeare, and it’s really not a question.
Preservatives have gotten a bad reputation. And let’s be honest, many of them deserve it.
No, seriously. Science has found out it’s good for you.
If you follow my facebook page or instagram, you’ll notice I post a lot of pictures of, well….trees. Most of these pictures are taken while on walks with my family. We love to hike, and it turns out there’s a reason for that.
Hundreds of studies show that spending time in nature:
Wow. Who knew I could talk about myself for this long? If you’ve made it this far, Congratulations! You are patient, determined, and most likely have a bottomless beverage and well trained bladder.
We’re on the home stretch now. You’ve read about how even as a kid I messed around with trying to improve products, about the Bathtub Epiphany, and about the dangers of browsing the internet while bored. Now it’s time for the really important question.
What up with tea?
The story continues with a cautionary tale about boredom and browsing the internet.
No…not THAT kind of internet browsing! Sheesh.
It’s been several years since the great Bathtub Epiphany. Life has gone on, kids have grown, and I now somehow find myself a homeschooling mother to kids ranging from upper elementary to high school. The super intensive, kid on the hip, no privacy ever years have turned into the ‘is your schoolwork done?’, multiple activity, taxi driver years. I am simultaneously busier than ever and bored. Yup, bored. Turns out you do a LOT of waiting around at this stage of life. Waiting for the homework to be done. Waiting for _insert activity here_ to end. Waiting for them to get done with work. Lots and lots of waiting.
So what does a mom with an internet connection and large quantities of waiting time on her hands do?