It’s January and like most people you have made getting healthy one of your new year’s goals but the road to health can be a confusing one. With so many choices to make; vegan., raw, paleo, macro, flexer, and with studies being released daily how do you stay healthy without getting whiplash?
I always like to start any discussion with ‘beginners mind’, stepping back from the question and looking for a solution that can be applied in incremental steps that achieve the results you want. I like results and I like to be grounded in facts.
It all starts with a definition. (Phase One)
1. How do you define health?
2. What is your goal, your motivation, the reason you are on this health quest? Why are you on this path? What drives you? Is someone ‘making’ you or are you driven by your own passions? What premise/concept is at the foundation you are building your actions upon?
3. What is your ‘gate-keeper’; the filter that you will use to guide you through confusing and often contradictory information?
4. What tools do you have in your ‘health toolbox’? How well do you know how your body works? What is your definition of food?
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines Health as “A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
The year is new and the winter season is keeping us indoors yearning for change in our lives. This is a great time to start a new program where you no longer see ‘diets’ and ‘change’ through the lens of denial instead lets add new things!
Being Green OR getting healthy are not about deprivation but about ‘awareness and integration’.
After PHASE ONE and definitions add these four new things. (Phase Two)
- Breath slow, deep and rhythmic. Pay attention to your breath.
- Chew, chew, and then chew some more. Remember that digestion (and assimilation of nutrients) starts in the mouth with your teeth, so chew.
- Drink lots of water, half a gallon minimum, you are 95% water. Please do not drink tap water or water from those little disposable water bottles.
- Self-Love is first and foremost even though I list it at number four.
- Our bodies want to be healthy
- Health is more than the absence of a disease
- The environment; gene pool and thoughts affect your health.
- The quality of our food determines the quality of our health.
- Define a specific time in your life when you felt safe, powerful, and healthy.
- In 1980 the Supreme Court decision in Diamond vs. Chakrabarty to allow the patenting of life forms has changed science and agriculture in huge ways.
- Eating a variety of plant parts provides a variety of nutritional content. The energy (or life-force) of the food from the roots is different than the energy from the flower, seed, stem , leaves, or the seed.
- In natural world healing systems people have noticed that a foods appearance can indicate its healing potential:
o Beet= builds blood
o Roots= feed the bodies ‘roots’; intestines, kidneys, regenerative organs. Some plants roots tap deeply into the ground pulling up minerals.
o Leaves= are green because of chlorophyll and chlorophyll is to plants what blood is to animals. Leafy greens feed the blood, liver and lungs.
o Seeds= Are the egg of the plant, where all of the life-force of the plant (genes) resides from where a tiny seed can be a mighty almond tree.
• The liver is the only organ that rebuilds, repairs, rejuvenates and regenerates itself (except for the skin).
• Don’t get caught up in too much science, it can be too reductionist, reducing nutrients to their single component while ignoring how minerals, nutrients and plant components interact with each other.
• Are you ready for a treat? Define for yourself what a “Once in a while treat ” means: once a week, once a month, once a year
• There are a multitude of studies released daily that often contradict each other. How will you deal with that?
• Glands in the neck secrete digestive fluids.
• Eating is currently a very confusing landscape
• Intestine and the Stomach are muscles
• Points where food gets broken down in preparation for assimilation:
o Mouth= Saliva, Teeth and masticating.
o Stomach= Acids and stomach muscles.
“ Focusing your energy is a powerful thing, a ray of sunshine is warm yet focused through a magnifying glass will set grass on fire.”