Conversely, I also believe that a strong body influences the state of our mind, our mood, our thinking and our choices.
For example over the Christmas and festive season it is wonderful to celebrate with family and friends with festive foods and alcohol; to relax our routines and to rest and rejuvenate. But come the end of January and start of February when most of us are back to work and in the cycle of a new year, many of us may still be indulging in the summer festive fun and perhaps still drinking most nights and seeking out festive foods. These holiday customs have now become habit and our working routine is challenging and hard to get back into. We find it difficult to concentrate and focus at work, we don’t seem to have enough energy to get through the day, we aren’t sleeping as well, we find ourselves skipping exercise sessions and some of us are already overwhelmingly stressed and anxious with lowered resilience.
This is the time to focus on getting our body strong again so our mind can follow suit.
Do you notice that when you are feeling fit and healthy and have great energy it becomes easier to make good choices – to go to that exercise session even though you probably don’t feel like it; to seek out healthier food because your body isn’t craving sugar, fat or salt as much; to cope with stressful situations more effectively; to push yourself outside your comfort zone more often because you know the experience will help you grow as a person and increase your self-confidence and life experience.
It is difficult to make great life choices when the body is tired and sluggish, or when you are feeling low and lack self-confidence.
Now is the time to break those indulging habits, strengthen your body and thus strengthen your mind.
My Personal “Strong-Body, Strong-Mind” 5-Step Formula
I’m no different to anyone else – I totally overindulged over the festive season, and created less then healthy habits during that time that certainly have influenced my mindset and choices. Whereas I think it is important to relax routines over the holidays I think it is doubly important to get back on the right track for the year so you can live an optimum and empowered life.
Step 1: Healthy Foods
Foods to enjoy include:
●Fresh seasonal vegetables & salad vegetables
●Fresh seasonal fruit
●Raw nuts (almonds, walnuts, brazils, macadamias etc)
●Raw seeds (pepitas, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds etc)
●Fresh fish & organic chicken
●Sprouts (alfalfa, snowpeas, mungbeans, radish etc)
●Legumes (chickpeas, aduki beans, borlotti beans, lentils etc)
●Herbal teas and plenty of water
●Tofu, tempeh, miso
●Grains (quinoa, millet, amaranth, spelt, rye)
●Healthy oils (flaxseed/linseed oil, cold pressed avocado, macadamia)
●Fermented foods (sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha , kefir, natural yoghurt,
Foods to avoid/reduce
●Wheat products (breads, pastas, noodles, flour, thickeners, couscous, bourghal)
●Dairy products (milk, butter, cream, cheeses, sweetened yoghurts – natural yoghurt is ok)
●Refined grains (white rice, noodles, pastas)
●Sugars (chocolate & sweets)
●Processed meats (salami, ham, luncheon meats)
●Bakery goods (cakes, biscuits, muffins, snack bars)
●Roasted nuts and seeds (peanuts, cashews)
●Processed Foods (ready meals, ready-made condiments, potato crisps, desserts etc)
●Takeaway foods (Mcdonalds, KFC, pizza, Indian, fish n chips etc)
●Hydrogenated Oils (usually found in takeaway and baked goods, pies, pasties and sausage rolls)
●Coffee, tea, soft drinks, cordials, juices(unless freshly squeezed)
Step 2: Exercise
It’s time to get back to regular exercise
No matter what exercise you do or what time of day you do it, it is important to schedule it in and do it daily. Personally I introduced a new ritual into my days last year and that is walking the river in the early morning. It is a beautiful and peaceful way to start the day and it has quickly become my favourite part of the day and something I look forward to every morning.
Step 3: Greens Powder
Good quality greens powders contain alkalising foods such as broccoli sprouts, chlorella, nettle, alfalfa and spirulina. They are rich in naturally occurring vitamins and minerals and some will contain superfoods such as maca, mesquite, quinoa and amaranth sprouts.
Supplementing with alkalising greens is important after a prolonged diet of acidic festive food and alcohol. Greens powders are also a wonderful way to feed the cells with optimum nutrients from food sources so our bodies are well nourished and thus reflected in great energy, clear skin and eyes, improved digestion and reduced cravings for sugar and salt.
Step 4: Liver Support
With the onslaught of festive foods and alcohol it is now time to gently support the liver, the gall bladder and to help assist with fat metabolism.
Good liver formulas support the 3 phases of liver detoxification with herbs and nutrients such as St Mary’s thistle, Dandelion root, Curcumin, Shizandra, Taurine, Choline bitartrate and Inositol.
Step 5: Probiotic
Most people will know I am a great believer of supplementing with a probiotic and increasingly scientific research is revealing just how important our gut microbiome (the collection of gut bacteria known as microbiota) is to our overall health.
Supplementing with a daily probiotic capsule influences the composition of our whole microbiome. They positively alter the microbiome environment and encourage the proliferation of microbiota of the good bacteria.
Emerging research is increasingly highlighting the significance of the role of our gut and its influence on our mental health, our immunity, our weight, our metabolism and on disease prevention and treatment.
“Because it’s Not a Rehearsal”
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