I’m back!

Its been a few days, but I wanted to let you know that I survived! I’m still not feeling my best and probably won’t be for another while. However, I wanted to post a quick something for you guys despite being hopped up on painkillers and looking like a chipmunk. I thought it might be fitting to talk about some well learned lessons that have come from my wisdom teeth extraction. It was an interesting experience, but it had some cool parts to it too.

  1. Don’t freak out too much.

I freaked out so much before hand I couldn’t eat or sleep properly for a week. This is not the best idea if it can be avoided. In the end, I wasn’t freaked out when I sat in the operating room, but I feel like I wasted a lot of time being freaked out.

2. Take photos of the teeth.

If you want to see the teeth, take a photo of them. My oral surgeon doesn’t allow patients to take their teeth home, but I wanted to see them. Thinking back, I don’t actually remember seeing them even though I know that I did. I’m very thankful I took photos of them. Perhaps I will show you guys if you want. The fun thing about having a picture is to see how big they were and what they looked like. I was surprised how big the teeth actually were.

3. Have stuff to eat.

I love food. Not being able to eat normally is driving me crazy, but I am glad that I put aside some foods ahead of time to eat. Instant breakfast shakes, pudding, ice cream and jello have been very helpful these past few days. Surprisingly cheese cake has been a great option too.

So there you have it, my top three take-away lessons from having my wisdom teeth removed. I’m sure there are plenty of other things I could take away from this experience, but I will let the healing continue and post on those later.

Until next time,

Katie

The Mind and Body: Part 5

Here is the next tip! 

A Healthy Diet

Eating healthy is really important. To keep our bodies healthy and minds working well, food provides us with the energy to keep going, repair our cells, and best of all: food is yummy. It is not always easy to eat healthy but I do think that there are some easy steps you can take to eat healthy in a realistic way. 

1. Eat at least three meals a day!

Your body really needs food to keep going throughout the day. Not eating doesn’t help you be healthy, feel good, or help you lose weight (I’m not suggesting you should be trying to!) Three meals a day is a good base to go from to get your daily dose of energy. For some people, 4-5 smaller meals might be better to keep your energy up and to stop you from snacking on junk food.

2. Mix it up!

Eat a variety of foods. Some from all the food groups! A good rule of thumb I go by is to pick some food from each food group and choose a variety of colours. People say that a variety of colours in food is healthier, I’m not sure if thats true but it does make me happy to look at.

3. Indulge a little!

I am convinced that the absolute worst thing you can do in eating healthy is to cut out all the foods you love. What I mean by this is you are allowed to have some sweets sometimes or a greasy fast food meal once in awhile. Over time, eating junk food will reduce on its own, but it is always important to give yourself a treat once in awhile. 

These are the three guidelines I generally use for myself. Of course no one is perfect and I certainly don’t meet these everyday, but I do strive to! I hope these tips are insightful and if you have some tips, feel free to leave them in a comment below.

– Katie