With 2020 behind us and 2021 making its debut, I have been reflecting on all that has happened and I must say I am truly grateful. Grateful for my family, education and the ability to use it to benefit my community, staff, and for all of you. It has been a year of uncertainty, and we have met it with knowledge. Each one of you has continued to do your best to take care of yourself:
- to remain active
- to eat well (for the most part)
- to have a positive outlook
I feel so grateful that we have met this challenge head on! The body, as we know, is amazing and you are all proof of that. As we come into 2021 there is yet more work to be done with respect to our self care. This virus isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so we must remain diligent in our self-care and the care of our family members. Being an example to our friends and co-workers is also a way for us to contribute in a positive way to the health of our community. So as your health care facilitator I want to give you some benchmarks to strive for this year.
- Move, exercise, breathe, walk, cycle, yoga, swim, it doesn’t matter what it looks like honestly just improve on last year. It helps your heart, brain, core muscles, strength, bones and most of all it helps you!
- Eat less sugar. Do a one week food log just like we did when you first started with me years ago. Then highlight all the items with refined sugar, or that turn into sugar. Think of coffee, bread, candy, potatoes corn, soda, tortillas, pastries, juice for a start. See what can be eliminated or reduced. You will have less inflammation and pain, and if needed you may lose some weight.
- Drink enough water. The general rule is to drink 1⁄2 your body weight in ounces of water or herbal tea. Water plays a vital role in your body’s ability to remove cellular trash, helps to keep your blood thinner reducing the stress on your heart, and keeps your skin hydrated, skin is our primary defense against the environment.
- Eat more veggies. Strive for 3 cups a day and lettuce only counts as 1 cup even if it is a large salad. Try new veggies this year as snacks and stir fries: snap peas, jicama, kale chips, bok choy, chard, you’ll be so glad you did! Minerals support the glands that make hormones, and hormones make your world better.
- Remember to be mindful. Be thankful, present and aware of your life. Wake up each day grateful, eager for what the day may bring, and striving to be of service to self, family and/or community depending on your capacity. Mindfulness helps us resonate with the energy that made the body, our innate intelligence.
By putting these lifestyle tips into practice I think you will find you have better health than you currently do, finishing 2021 even better than it begins! The challenge is in some way to make each day better than the one before. How will you do it?