If your target is to learn to eat healthy and all aspects of healthy living, then you have come to the right place.
Initially humans started as hunters and gatherers and moved a lot. They caught game, harvested fruits, nuts, seeds and crops or they had daily living activities of homemaking and raising children. Our ancestors did not have the modern conveniences we have. I grew up on a small farm and now appreciate all the work that was put into living and creating a future for my family. As a child I didn’t understand why we couldn’t take trips and do the things other children and their families did. Now I see the importance of tending to the animals and fields and keeping a household running smooth. Once all work was completed then it was time for play.
Society today is about fast and convenient. Some food manufacturers take out vital nutrients and fiber, and then add artificial ingredients, sugar, salt and trans-fats that can become addictive besides unhealthy.
As a result of the over cultivation and imbalance of natural nutrients in our soil, the food that comes from the land has been depleted of minerals and vitamins. The nutrition value reduced. The fruits and vegetables that we consume have less vitamins and minerals than the same foods 100 years ago.
Processed sugar and salt and chemicals send messages to our brains leading to addictions. We unconsciously associate good feelings with food. Maybe even you were rewarded with a “treat” when you were growing up.
By overeating unhealthy diets, we are setting ourselves up for inflammation, disease and unhealthy weight. Our bodies just function better with real nutritious foods that nourish, the way nature intended.
Chronic stress can have a detrimental effect on our health. While stress can be good and bad, our bodies are designed to react. Prolonged exposure sets us up for diminished immune systems, hormonal imbalances, weight fluctuation, healthy sleep patterns disrupted, depression, digestive problems, anxiety, memory and concentration and heart disease.
How can we have something different, a thriving life? Let’s talk about our mindset first.
What can you be, do and have to create the life you want and be a contribution to the world around you?
If you had a magic wand, imagine the possibilities. What are you willing to allow into your life today?
Be an expert in self-care. Love thy neighbor as thyself is not just a commandment, it means when we learn to really love ourselves, we have more to give to others, to give love. When we have our own needs met, we are filled up and it just naturally overflows to others.
When we honor our bodies by being aware of what we put into it, we can help heal ourselves physically and spiritually. Ask yourself, would this be a contribution to my body, my life?
~Eat mindfully. Slow down, chew and contemplate the nutrition and gift you are giving yourself.
~Eat organic and non-GMO fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens, asparagus, avocados, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, eggplant, grapefruit, kiwi, mangoes, onions, papayas, pineapples, sweet corn, sweet peas, sweet potatoes. Although foods may not have been sprayed with chemicals, it could be in the soil absorbed systemically. Foods that are shown to be especially high in pesticides are apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, snap peas, spinach, strawberries, sweet bell peppers, hot peppers, kale and collard greens. Most commercial juice is highly concentrated and does not have the fiber. Consider not peeling apples, pears, cucumbers, etc. to consume the fiber and nutrients. Invest in a juicer that masticates the plant to fully extract the vitamins, enzymes and minerals from fruits and vegetables.
~Eat whole, unprocessed grains to receive all the nutrition and fiber. Whole grains or foods made from them contain all the essential parts and naturally-occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed in their original proportions.
~Look for water sources that are chlorine free and have no added fluoride. Natural springs are ideal. Since our bodies are made up of 70% water, think of a house plant that does not get watered and how it looks wilted. Our bodies store toxins from the environment, from the food we ingest and our bodies even create more toxins when exposed to stress. That is why it is so important to get all that sludge flushed out with lots of pure water.
~Exercise is such a catalyst for good healthy bones, heart health and over all keeps our bodies functioning well. If we do what we enjoy, we are more likely to do more of it and get better benefits. Some people would much rather rake leaves than go to the gym. Find enjoyable tasks to get heart your heart rate up.
~Doing a detoxing cleanse is important to clear out the sludge and get a fresh re-start from all the toxins, excess hormones and medications which are stored in our fat cells.
~Losing weight if necessary can help balance our hormones, give more energy, provide less stress on our joints and heart as well as giving a self-esteem boost.
~Instill health into your mind by what you read, listen to and even who you surround yourself with. Try listening to podcasts, audio books and TED talks on nutrition and exercise. Your brain is a valuable asset to your overall health.
~Eating sugar, unhealthy fats, having an absence of plants in our diets and a lack of exercise can all contribute to our overall health in detrimental ways. Disease can even occur as a result of our bodies not being in alignment with the way nature intended.
~Focus on what you want to create in your life. Paint a picture of what you are moving towards! What activities will you do, where with you go, who will you be with and most importantly, what is the picture of who you want to be. The more you focus on what you are creating the less you focus on lack and then you actually do manifest your heart’s desire.
Be still and think on love, peace, harmony, kindness, contentment, tenderness, serenity, calm and joy.
You are powerful! Life is about choices and making the very best choice for you and your health every moment. What else is possible? What more can you create?