The Most Important form of nourishment is:
Food and what we eat nourish us and is essential. There for it is an important area in your life that affect your whole way of being. How ever as a Holistic health counselor I also want to emphasis on the other important factors that feed us in life besides food. Love and relationships are part of what we call primary food, or the parts of life that feed the hunger in the human soul. We all have a need to give and receive love, because love is a basic primary food that nourishes, energizes and heals us. You may have noticed, love and health are intrinsically linked. Even modern science is catching up to what ancient traditions have said for years: love is good for your health. A study at the University of North Carolina found that hugging lowers blood pressure. The University of Iowa found that cancer patients with satisfying relationships had more white blood cell activity than those with few social connections. A study of Harvard students showed that only 25 percent of those who felt loved by their parents developed a major illness later in life, while more than 90 percent of those who didn't feel loved developed a major illness. Love is the ultimate superfood! So whether you are single, married, living with your parents, your partner or somewhere in between, remember that giving and receiving love will feed your heart and soul. Remember the source of it all, our Creator/God, it all comes down to Love.
In Love, Health and Happiness,
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7 Tips for a Healthy Holiday
Coping with food cravings and binges can be a bigger challenge around the holidays!
There at least 8 things that really influence and increase your cravings, And one thing you can start with is by making sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and eating sweet vegetables such as sweet potatoes, onions and carrots to nourish your body with the nutrients it may be craving for from sweet vegetables.
Healthy, and not-so-healthy, holiday snacks and beverages
You can get through the holidays enjoying good, yet healthy food and drinks by just replacing the most processed and artificial foods and beverages by natural ones. For example snack on the wonderful nuts and dried fruit instead of candy. Drink less coffee as it increases stress and is very dehydrating and drink healing herbal teas such as Rooibos tea, orange spice or chocolate or cinnamon tea instead. If you crave soda try drinking more flavored sparkling water.
Healthy recipes and ideas for delicious alternatives to typical Holiday meals
What you really want to avoid are pitfalls of the Standard American Diet , the (S.A.D.) diet, we are sicker then ever because almost 90% of the food we eat is processed! One key things to keep in mind is to replace canned vegetables or ready dishes with fresh organic produce of the season. increase your vegetable side dishes such as green beans, collard greens and mixed vegetables. Replace mashed potatoes with mashed sweet potatoes, butter or margarines with olive oil or coconut oil and do your holiday baking with healthier options such as whole grain flours, less sugar and use natural options such as honey or maple syrup instead.
Also try this very simple Moroccan treat: thick orange slices sprinkled with cinnamon powder on top for a refreshing and sweet dessert or snack!
Holiday stress busters:
People tend to have very high expectations and stress around the holidays, what you can do to reduce stress is prepare some of the meals and treats before hand. And once the family is gathered focus on being PRESENT with them. Remember the holiday is not about the tasks and gifts, it's about cherishing the many blessings in your life and enjoying the very Presence of one another! Let them know how much they mean to you with your words and actions and just be the calm joy you want to see around you! Stress spreads around, so does joy, smiles and laughter!
Be responsible for your health and set yourself up for success
by having a lot of healthy fresh foods around, staying active as well as limiting the “major holiday food splurges” for Christmas day only, not the whole season.
If your stomach is not a big fan of all these holiday meals and parties. One thing that can be of major help and relief to your digestions is avoiding any dairy products such as milk, cream, butter and cheese. Many people have real trouble digesting dairy products. Avoid dressings, stuffings, desserts and anything creamy. Another thing that may help as well is to drink hot water with fresh lemon or ginger tea to sooth a upset stomach.
Don't judge yourself or others. Take care of your true hunger with "real food" and your thirst with water and allow yourself to enjoy some special treats during the holidays and enjoy them fully!