Spring into Wellness Mindfully
Spring is a beautiful season. Full of new beginnings and hope. Nature comes out of its cocoon and our human senses are heightened with the sweet aroma of life in the atmosphere. It can feel like the earth is coming back to life. But it doesn’t all happen at once. Spring is considered a transitional season. Some may say a prelude of sorts to summer. Our health and well-being are impacted by the seasons in so many ways. No season is better or worse than the other they are just different. Winter offers everyone an opportunity to rest, redraw, reflect, and refuel. During that period, we may also put on a few pounds, relax our exercise regimen to the point where it is non-existent, and lean into our comfort foods daily. And nothing is wrong with that. As we flow with the seasons, we naturally hibernate during the winter months, huddling together to keep warm, and for spring we begin to slowly transition and move out and about in preparation for the summer.
We can learn so much from the natural rhythm and flow of nature if we would take a moment or two to slow down and notice how God orchestrates everything for our benefit. Consider the following scripture: Romans 8:28, And we know that all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are called to his purpose. Everything that God created is working for your good and that includes nature and everything therein.
Food is our daily source of fuel that supports our health especially when we eat foods in season. Eating seasonally has great benefits like, it tastes better because it’s fresher, it’s less expensive, and there’s a higher nutritional value. So, as we slowly and mindfully move from stews, root vegetables, soups, and casseroles which are warming foods, we make the transition towards lighter seasonal foods. Now we may not be ready for plums and peaches now, but we can begin to transition with some tasty fruits and vegetables like raw peas, berries, and crisp salads slowly. And thank God for the leafy greens which not only taste wonderful, but they help us alkalize, detox, and loose winter weight. Some of those peak greens are chard, spinach, and lettuces. On top of the detoxing and weight loss effects these foods are also wonderful for the mind which we’ll discuss a little latter. And for folks like me who like to drink our fruits and vegetables, smoothies and cold pressed juices are an amazing way to get what we need on the go. But be mindful not to jump directly into cold salads, juices, and smoothies. Take it slow because a large percentage of your wellness journey is driven by the food you eat. So, I ask you to consider this, before you renew your gym membership and fill your schedule with boot camp, and yoga classes think about how you will fuel your mind and body during the spring. As we start anew notice what the earth is providing to us during this season because for everything including food there is a season. Subscribe
7 Behaviors to Improve Your Blood Pressure and Reduce Stroke Risk
Spring has sprung, and while you may be welcoming rising temperatures outside, you shouldn’t be welcoming rising blood pressure levels inside your body. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for stroke – the second leading cause of death worldwide and a leading cause of severe, long-term disability. During May, in recognition of American Stroke Month and National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month, the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, recommends seven behaviors to manage your blood pressure, reduce your stroke risk and generally improve your life.
Kick Butts. If you smoke, STOP and if you don’t smoke, don’t start! Smoking can increase your blood pressure, among many other health issues and it’s the no. 1 controllable risk factor for stroke. Cigarette smoking, vaping and tobacco products in general, are dangerous for your health. Quitting is one of the best things you can do to improve your health and add years to your life.
Be physically active. Try to fit in at least 150 minutes cumulative per week or 30 minutes a day, most days of the week of physical activity into your life. You don’t have to join a fitness club or gym, just move your body more. Do something you like and will stick with. Being active shouldn’t feel like a chore. Subscribe