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Update from the Road: Week 5 – Better health habits on the road

By September 11, 2017 Adventure/Travel
Yukon jumping Bobs battery

Week Five has been one for the books, but we are trying not to dwell on all the problems and instead want to focus on how we’re testing out better health habits on the road.

Yukon jumping Bobs batteryOf course, all sorts of stuff continues to happen with the motorhome (his name is Gru), our tow car (his name is Bob), and with the new subcontracting job. Each new thing challenges our problem solving skills. If you follow us on Facebook, you’ve seen our adventures with the chassis batteries, Bob’s battery, and now both of our air conditioners (July and August we dealt with the front one and now in September our rear A/C died). Oh, and also being called out on social media for “urban camping” in a parking lot (which we definitely are not doing).

 

We’ve tried to roll with punches as things have come up (or gone totally sideways). Between the internet, RV forums, our owner’s manuals, and stuff Nelson already knows, we’ve able to successfully solve each problem as it comes.

Using all that brain power for problem solving makes us REALLY tired a lot of the time.

For us, when we’re tired, self-care and good nutrition bump up on the list of necessary actions really fast.

One of the things we pinky-swore to each other was that we would use our new life change to practice better health. Yukon has family issues with high blood pressure and high cholesterol and both of us have issues with Type 2 diabetes in our families. Add in a few other troubles (thryroid and weight issues for Bean and stomach issues for Yukon) and both of us are clear we can do much, much better with our health habits.

Let us introduce the gloriously healthy smoothie

One place we don’t do a good job with eating is during lunch. A cheeseburger and fries always sounds good. Instead, we’ve started making smoothies for lunch. We pack them with vanilla-flavored Warrior Protein Powder, frozen cranberries and a small bit of other frozen fruit, walnuts, a scoop of almond butter, coconut flakes, flax seed (and for Yukon, chia seeds). These smoothies are tasty, fill us up, and keep us going until dinner. Plus, they are loaded with good fats, which is also good for our tired brains.

Then we eat something simple for dinner – homemade tacos, fish and veggies, or chicken stir fry. Our fun night is usually on Sunday when we get a thin crust pizza loaded with veggies. We try to find the highest-rated pizza place in whatever town we’ve in.

One thing we bought, but have not used, is an Instant-pot. So many of the recipes I’ve looked at seem heavy and unhealthy, full of fatty meat (like ribs and roasts) and are heavy on the creamy sauces. If you use this nifty kitchen device and have have really simple, healthy recipes to share, we’d love to hear them (and yes, Bean belongs to a couple IP groups on FB). No doubt we’ll pull the Instant-pot out for winter meals (I’m thinking about a lot of soups) but until then, what can we make that is healthy, lower in carbs (remember the diabetes thing), and simple? We’d love to hear from you below!

In addition to better eating, Yukon has been taking our dog Rex for a 30-minute walk each morning (and we have a blogpost coming on an amazing park he found here in Denver). We take both pets out (yes, including the cat) in the evenings for a stroll. Bean is stretching, Yukon is meditating.

Add together the fact we are both not “stress eating” or “stress drinking” anymore and this adds up to seriously better health.

One other perk is our new job requires a lot of movement – lots of walking and bending. This is a huge boost in activity for Bean and a gentler kind of movement for Yukon.

What’s the result been after a month of better, more deliberate self-care?

Bean has definitely lost inches around her waist and her pants are fitting looser. Hooray!

Yukon has seen his blood sugar numbers AND his blood pressure numbers drop dramatically.

We haven’t changed a ton and it hasn’t been hard. But the changes have definitely led to positive improvements in our health.

Of course, all this goodness did not stopped Bean from getting a wicked chest cold in Colorado (I blame the wildfire smoke for starting it).

But, overall, we are both sleeping better and feeling better. A real win!

Have less, live more and be healthy!

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6 Comments

  • Reply Becca September 11, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    I confess I don’t have an instant pot, but I make almost everything in my Crockpot during the school year. I usually start with a chunk of meat, but not fatty meat– pork loin or chicken works well. Chicken thighs can cook for about 100 years and still be moist. I add whatever seasonings I want, a little water, and walk away for hours. In warmer weather I just add it to a salad or toss in veggies in the last hour or so. In colder weather I make soup, and I can make soup out of anything (much to my husband’s chagrin). Extra broth, wine or tomato sauce extend a soup. I’ve found that cashew milk or pureed cauliflower make an excellent cream base without the cream. I could go on….. 🙂

    • Reply Angie Stegall September 11, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      Becca: All good ideas! And I am a master at making soup, but in the summer it’s just toooooo hot. And I love to make my own veggie and chicken stock, too, as a starter for the soups. Thanks for the tips!

      • Reply Becca September 11, 2017 at 9:55 pm

        I wish I was more creative, but in the hot weather we live on salads. My family jokes that I serve veggies, with a side of veggies! 🙂

        • Reply Angie Stegall September 28, 2017 at 2:21 pm

          Veggies with a side of veggies is GOOD!

  • Reply Leslie September 12, 2017 at 10:13 am

    These are recommendations from a friend of mine who has (and loves) her Instant-pot:
    skinnytaste.com
    instantloss.com
    nomnompaleo.com
    FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/790787064328258/

    Hope that helps!

    • Reply Angie Stegall September 28, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      Thanks! We will definitely check these out.

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