What would it take to increase joy, pleasure and ease in our daily nutrition, and decrease the feeling of being buffeted and confused by endless streams of advice, fads and opinions on ‘what we should eat’? Zesty has some thoughts:
What would it take to be more aware of what makes your body happy? It might actually be more vegetables or more protein at each meal. Is it more fibre each day? Is it chocolate and almonds at 3pm or a glass of water with lemon when you get up in the morning? Are you willing to ask your body what it requires and listen to the response (and then follow that direction?) This process could be started at the grocery store so you have happy choices each time you’re hungry. Try this exercise: While at the grocery store go up to, say, the apple section and ask your body, ‘Body, would you like some apples?’ and your body will feel ‘lighter’ (and you might even smile) or it will feel heavier (like in the pit of your stomach). Choose what makes your body feel lighter. This may seem tedious, but if you practice this process, it gets easier and more instantaneous. And yes, when you go down the ice cream aisle you may smile and your mind might choose the chocolate mint, but, still ask the question, ‘Truth: Body, would ice cream be a contribution to you?’ Sometimes ice cream is a contribution – your body will know. (and, for more information on this approach to nutrition, please email Zesty to book a 45 minute, free chat)
Make some new choices each time you shop rather than falling into habits that might not be contributing to your nutritional well-being. I recently chose to explore a new vegetable to me – kohlrabi. I checked out some new recipes on-line and now have some new favourite dishes. Recipe What about investing in a dehydrator and make your own kale or potato or apple chips. (Even my kale disdaining husband loves my kale chips!)
Our 50+ Trillion cells require a banquet of nutrition each day to be in optimal, zesty health. Unfortunately, we know, even with the best of intentions, we aren’t getting all the nutrition we need from the foods we purchase today. Soils are depleted and even organic produce for most of the year travels so far to our tables that the benefit to our cells is negligible. An easy solution is to supplement our diet with a top quality multivitamin/mineral, clean Omega-3s and Vitamin D. This is what Zesty recommends – The Essentials – and it arrives at your door – how does it get any better than that?
National Nutrition month is nearly over – what would it take to zestify your nutrition every month? I hope my facebook posts and this blog have given you some ideas.
I’m off to sauté some baby beet greens as a salad base for lunch…
Yours in delicious, optimal health,
Shhh… Kona is taking a nap…
Did you know that you should take an afternoon nap? (Something else in the long list of things we should have learned at school!!)
Many high achievers and brilliant creators were habitual nappers. Winston Churchill first coined the term “power nap”, claiming that a daily afternoon sleep brought him the clarity of thinking he needed for wartime victory. Margaret Thatcher ordered her aides not to disturb her between 2.30 and 3.30pm, so she could snooze. Other illustrious nappers include Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison (not exactly your average guys), Eleanor Roosevelt, Leonardo da Vinci and John F. Kennedy. I recently heard Dr. Mehmet Oz tell an audience at a health convention that we are designed to take an early afternoon nap! That’s good enough for me… (cue yawn)
The renowned Mayo Clinic says, “daytime napping offers various benefits for healthy adults”, including: relaxation, reduced fatigue and stress, increased alertness, improved creativity and mood, improved performance, including quicker reaction time, better memory and even heightened sensory perception.
But…keep naps short. Aim to nap for only 10 to 30 minutes. The longer you nap, the more likely you are to feel groggy afterward. And, the best time for a nap is usually midafternoon, around 2 or 3 pm, when you might experience post-lunch sleepiness or a lower level of alertness. Naps taken during this time are also less likely to interfere with nighttime sleep. Sleep Foundation
And, what’s more – a nap can reduce the risk of heart disease. According to a 2007 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine those who take a midday siesta at least three times a week are 37 percent less likely to die of heart disease!
Well then…excuse me, I’m going to join my cat…in a nap!