How Healthy Are You?September 15th, 2012
Every Saturday HSK will again be publishing an article on diet, nutrition and general well-being, written by nutritional consultant and chef, Laura B. Leff. Know why? because a healthy body with a spiritual mind is a blessed soul.
Here’s the first article from HSK’s new in house nutritionist, Laura Leff:
I think most of us over the age of 25 can agree that we’ve had many moments in our lives when we say to ourselves, “time flies”. However, on the contrary, I have an inclination that later in life if your health isn’t as good and you’re in pain, you might not feel like time flies so much, but instead lingers with agony.
Technology is ever-growing and it’s assisting humanity to live longer. The life expectancy of a woman in 1960 was 75 years old, for men, 68 years old. In 2020 the life expectancy of a woman will be 85 years old, and 82 years old for men. That’s a pretty significant difference; and as the years go by, we are expected to live longer. I ask you: Is it a good thing that we are living longer? That leads me to our topic: “How healthy are you?”
Personally, I believe in viewing health with a holistic approach. Holistic health is about viewing the mind, body and spirit as one unit all working together to keep your whole being at optimum health and wellness. To simplify this approach, I believe there are two main, overall ideas to actualize:
- Take responsibility of your own health by implementing healthy habits into your daily life and routine. Don’t just rely and depend upon Western medicine to take care of you.
- Learn to listen to your body’s cues and find ways/practices that balance your mind, body and spirit that work for you and your lifestyle. Seek out alternative medicine and methodologies.
We live in a fast world and and we are all learning how to manage our health, all while keeping a steady pace. There are many ways to keep your mind, body and spirit working optimally. Let’s look at a few:
For the mind:
- read a good book
- take a deep breath, three deep breaths are more effective
- eat foods that are high in omega 3s, which are great for feeding the brain, allowing the mind to function clearly and smoothly
- watch a good movie
- listen to some tunes, classical is great for the mind
- write in a journal, writing down your emotions is a great way to express and release pent up/stuck emotions
For the spirit:
- take a walk in nature/get outside frequently/smell the flowers/visit the ocean
- dance all night
- have a delicious, homemade dinner with friends and family, potlucks are great fun
- breathe….try three, deep breaths
- watch less or omit watching t.v. and news
- get involved in the arts, or make art
- surround yourself with uplifting, positive people
For the body:
- exercise, seek variety to keep it fresh and fun
- eat more colorful foods–and I’m not talking skittles and fruity pebbles, y’all–choose naturally, vibrant foods that come from mother nature, not foods that have been colored by man-made, food coloring
- choose organic foods and eat the meat from animals that were not treated inhumanely and were not pumped full of antibiotics and steroids, believe me..the meat is so much tastier and more nutrient-dense
- drink clean water, bottled water is no longer the “in” thing…invest in a good water filter that rids the water of excess metals, chlorine and various pollutants
- focus more on the good, and less on the bad
- take up a new sport or practice, such as yoga or tai chi
- take a long bath with epsom salt
- get a massage
- dental hygiene
I also wanted to take note of emotional health; this can be thought of as a subcategory of all the main three: mind, body and spirit. In my work, I have found that emotional health becomes stable and balanced by taking a holistic approach toward one’s health. These are just a few suggestions. Please feel free to add to the list in the comments section below.
We are all different, which is a beautiful thing; we all get to share with one another what works for us, as individuals, maybe even introducing someone to something completely new that they end up loving and enjoying for many days to come. Find what works for you and be sure to do it. You deserve it!
Treat yourself with love and care, in mind, body and spirit.
Laura Leff, MS, HN