1. Enjoy shopping, cooking, & eating to take awesome good care of beautiful you and our beautiful planet. Our ability to serve others – whether our spouse, children, parents, neighbors, coworkers, clients or the environment – begins with taking care of our own health and vitality. Enjoy and celebrate the process! Enjoy your time chatting with growers at the local Farmer’s Market. Ask questions and learn about your food. Relish your time in the kitchen. That’s where vibrant good health begins.
2. Nourish yourself with real, whole, nutrient-dense foods. Choose organic, local and seasonal whenever possible, emphasizing Mother Nature’s colors of the rainbow. Hippocrates got it right when he said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” The gorgeous reds, oranges, yellows, greens and purples are actually giving you cues to the healing power of the foods!
3. Avoid “food” with artificial sweeteners, MSG, food additives, long lists of difficult-to-pronounce ingredients, and things that were created in a lab/factory. Is it a mere coincidence that so many diseases chronic diseases are on the exponential rise along with the rise of pesticides, food additives, colorants, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, heavy metals, and PCBs in our food supply, homes and the environment?
4. Keep it simple and stress free. Eating should be pleasant and enjoyable. Similarly, the task of preparing nourishing foods should be joyful, not stressful. Health is a journey of many little steps; it’s about progress, not perfection.
5. Eat consciously and with gratitude. Digestion begins in the mouth and chewing well is absolutely essential to nourishment. Take the time to really experience your food, free of distraction. Let gratitude be part of your daily practice. There is so much to be grateful for!
6. Listen carefully to your body. There is no one perfect food, diet, exercise routine or daily protocol that is best or right for everyone. Food sensitivities can be a key stressor so listen carefully and observe how various foods make you feel; observe how you feel when you eliminate certain foods. Things like gluten sensitivity do not necessarily manifest with intestinal symptoms – they can express in a myriad of ways from brain fog to achy knees to skin disorders. Listen carefully and truly observe your body’s signals and cues; your body is your best teacher and healer.