January 20 2013
Maintaining optimum physical health is key to our mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Last week we talked about physical output in the form of incorporating physical exercise/movement in as many activities throughout the day as possible.
This week, let’s look at physical input in the form of what we eat and sleep!
To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. Buddha (c. 563 BC to 483 BC)
Many of us started the New Year with the goal to eat healthier. This can be difficult in our busy lifestyles when some days we barely have enough time to eat let alone cook a proper meal.
Here are a few healthy eating tips:
- Drink a glass of water before every meal
- Eat smaller portions of meat & poultry
- Choose boiled, broiled or baked rather than fried
- Eat more raw or steamed vegetables and fresh fruit
- Limit desserts to once or twice a week as a treat
- Finish each meal with a cup of tea – green or peppermint to aid with digestion
These tips are very easy to manage whether you are eating at home or out to dinner.
Keeping healthy snacks in the fridge/ cupboards for those moments when you need a quick pick me up or a grab and go snack is also a good idea.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Keep a bowl of cleaned and cut, ready to eat, vegetables in the fridge
- Make some baked kale or carrot chips
- Keep lots of fruit handy – apples, grapes, oranges, bananas, kiwi, plums, etc
- Freeze some grapes or berries or even a banana dipped in dark chocolate for a refreshing snack
- Keep your loose leaf tea and your Libre within easy reach
Remember: Making large changes to your diet should always be approved by your doctor.
Now we are eating healthier, but what about sleep? Nothing is more annoying than lying in bed waiting for sleep. You know you need your rest but your body won’t relax and your mind won’t let go of today or stop planning for tomorrow.
There are many ways to help your body and mind relax and encourage sleep
- Guided Imagery
- Focus on Deep Belly Breathing
- Warm Bath
- Enjoy a cup of Chamomile Tea
Here is a guided relaxation video to help you relax and have a peaceful sleep!
What healthy eating tips to you practice?
Share a technique you use to relax and have a peaceful sleep!