A Clarification of Sorts
First of all, I want to clarify something I put in my very first blog. I mentioned that if I ate healthy that I would be healthy, or at least be healthier. And I believe that. But I also know that what I wrote is an oversimplification of the health epidemic we face. We live in a fallen world and disease happens. It can strike suddenly or take many years in its process. I have family and friends who’ve had cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, lupus, diabetes, arthritis, brain tumors, mental illness, depression, dementia – well, you get the picture. I did not want to imply that by simply eating healthy we won’t get sick. However (don’t you love the possibilities in that word), eating the natural foods that God created and intended for us to eat will certainly give us a fighting chance to live healthy lives. I’ve seen several photos on Facebook whose captions read, “If it comes from a plant eat it; if it’s made in a plant don’t.” Or I like this one, “If God made it eat it; if man made it don’t.” While these make us smile, they are very good rules.
Another clarification: I never want to give anyone the impression that I am better than they are because I have chosen to eat healthy. I know people who do that, and it’s not pleasant. I don’t pretend to have all of the answers, but what I do know is that all good health, regardless of how we attain it, is from God. James said in the New Testament: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” Health is certainly a good gift. We should accept it as such and never take it for granted!
Now that I’ve cleared that up, my next blog will be entitled “The Love Affair That’s Killing Us”. Stay tuned…
Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Tips:
“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”Benjamin Franklin, from the 1735 edition of Poor Richard’s Almanack
Healthy tip for today (for your body): Health experts agree we need omega-3 fatty acids. The body doesn’t make them so we have to get them from foods. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation and may help lower the risk of many killer diseases such as heart disease, arthritis and cancer. They also appear to be essential in brain function, memory and performance. Foods high in omega-3’s are fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, halibut, and can also be found in algae, krill, some plants and nut oils. Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation. The American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish at least 2 times per week. Most people don’t get enough omega-3’s so it’s important to check with your healthcare provider about a proper supplement. I take Barlean’s Fresh Catch Fish Oil and I get it at Earth Fare. It is orange-flavored and doesn’t leave that fishy aftertaste. Again, check with your healthcare professional before taking any supplements.
Wealthy tip for today (enrichment for your soul): “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mark 8:36-37. The most important things in life are not things at all. They are people and relationships.
Wise tip for today (for the brain): More about brain exercises. Last time we talked about toweling off in a different way after your bath or shower. Try these simple tasks to exercise your brain: Next time you are driving to a familiar place take a different route. Also, try brushing your teeth with the opposite hand. Or memorize one phone number in your cell phone. These simple challenges help build new associations in the brain. The old saying “use it or lose it” certainly applies to our brains!
Bonus Tip (for your outer beauty): In my last blog I mentioned that I would share what I put on my face after cleansing with baking soda. Well here it is right from the kitchen – after rinsing the baking soda off, I slather my face with honey! It’s so yummy and I always lick my lips! Seriously! (I have a friend who always says things are ‘delicious’ – well this is delicious!) Leave it on for 5 minutes then rinse off with lukewarm water. The natural antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of the honey are great for your face. After drying, I use my next kitchen ingredient – olive oil! I put just a little in the palm of my hands and gently rub all over my face. My skin always feels silky, soft and smooth after my baking soda/honey/olive oil treatment! Try it, you’ll love it!