I promise that this will be the only blog about the blogs that I send out. I figured that since it was still only early days you would forgive me (plus there are only 7 of you and one of you is my mum). The intention of this blog about the blogs is to give you an idea of what you might expect to see, and give newcomers more incentive to subscribe (so it’s pretty much blatant marketing of Get Healthy Get Happy)
There are 3 main pages on the site at the moment – Get Healthy, Get Happy and Mmmm Food. The initial blogs are going to fall roughly into these 3 categories and the pages currently have a bit of an outline of some of the topics I thought I’d cover under each. As I build up the site, the pages will hold sub-pages with topics similar to (or possibly exactly the same as) the blogs.
You should go and look at the site anyway, but I am including the page summary details here:
Being healthy. So many different opinions on what health is, how to achieve it and how not to.
Some people believe vegetarianism or veganism is the only way to be truly healthy. Some believe you can’t be completely healthy without including some meat or animal products into your diet. Some believe you should restrict yourself from having any sugar, wheat, dairy, salicylates or nuts (and for some people with intolerances or allergies this is clearly a very good idea).
Some people follow fad diets – Atkins diet, macrobiotic diet, Mediterranean diet, raw food diet, fruit flush diet, paleo diet, instinct diet, 17 day diet, 4 day diet, cookie diet (!), I could go on.
Some people run every day. Some go to the gym and push weights or do an aerobics class. Some go to cross-fit gyms. Some cycle to work. Some play social or competitive sports. Some practice yoga, Pilates or meditate. Some swim in the ocean every day of the year (even the really cold days??!!). Some do martial arts or boxing. Some do zumba, piloxing, hula-hooping or aqua cycling.
Some take vitamins, herbs or protein supplements.
Some people do none of the above and still seem to maintain a fairly healthy existence.
So what am I going to be talking about? Good question. I’m just going to approach some health conditions and health topics in a way that will hopefully be easy to implement into most people’s daily life. Sometimes even small changes can make big differences.
I’ll admit that the title of this page is actually a bit misleading. The page isn’t going to be about ‘getting happy’ because being happy, while a wonderful feeling, is usually only a fleeting one. This page is going to be more about contentedness, satisfaction with life, family and friends, community, love, humour and laughing, music, nature and pets. There will also be some attention drawn to the more negative emotions we all feel at some time or another and my approach to these. To me a full life is one where we can embrace the lows and build our character by sustaining ourselves and others at just these times. Anyone else with me on this?
Although ‘Get Happy’ just sounded catchier than all of that and fitted better into the website name. So there you are. That’s the real reason for the page title.
Food is one of my all time favourite things. I like shopping for food, I like eating food. I like eating out at restaurants and trying new dishes. I like the social aspect of food. I like eating at home with friends or family. I like talking about food and reading about food. I like looking in recipe books and cutting out recipes that look tasty. I copy them by hand or cut them out of magazines and stick them in a recipe scrapbook I started years ago. I like sharing recipes with other people and receiving their favourites. I like trying new recipes. I started my “experimental Sundays” for just that purpose. I like the ethics of food. I like sustainability, ethical food decisions and conscientious food waste.
So the Food section of this site is going to be just all sorts of information, resources, photos of, and thoughts on food.
And that is my blog about the blogs. Thank you for reading. I hope you continue to read and enjoy.
In good health, and happiness