This sure has been a wild few weeks, right ladies? SO much fear and worry has been cast upon us from all ends. We are afraid to contract the virus; we are mentally challenged by being home. While we are trying to protect our health, there are a lot of ways we are sabotaging it by being forced to change literally everything about our lives!
Remember back to the beginning. Where we were buying toilet paper and canned goods like we would never eat again? We were not able to get our normal groceries and going to attempt to get them was like asking to get sick. It’s unfortunate, but a lot of us weren’t thinking about a lifestyle of wellness as a priority.
We might have eaten junk that we would not normally have. Out of necessity, out of boredom, out of stress, or just to chill out after a day homeschooling kids while working.
I totally get it and trust me, there have been some days when my normally educated choices were driven strictly by emotion.
But guess what? God wants us well. He wants us to be able to handle all He puts on our plate with strength and energy given from Him using the tools He put on our beautiful earth. This has been a very clear message from Him to me for a long time. It’s what lead me down my career path and what continues to push me forward. I am sure He wants us to treat our bodies like the masterpieces they are and ladies, that includes fueling them optimally!
Maybe some of you are thinking like “not now, Jes…this is just another thing I’ll have to put on my to-do list”, but if we don’t have our health we don't have anything! So a few tips can’t hurt, right? I promise, I will keep it simple!
One thing you can do to help your health once the world opens back up and your habits go back to normal is clean eating. Don’t go rip apart your cupboards, but think better your next shopping trip. Get the junk out! I know the end of the day for most of us moms that were thrown into virtual schooling and are still trying to work or workout or shower or pee...the only thing we think is to grab a snack, one that probably doesn’t serve us well. Make one diet upgrade per day. A swap out - conventional to organic, sprinkle some seaweed flakes on your salad, drink water instead of soda. Small steps like this lead up to BIG changes in health and gets you in the right mindset without overwhelm. One easy first step? Don’t buy it. If it’s not in the house, it’s not easy to grab under times of stress.
Add some awesome immune boosters in so you feel more confident going outdoors and back into society. Some of my all time faves are turmeric, sunflower seeds, citrus fruits, leafy greens, ginger, garlic, almonds, green tea, mushrooms, sweet potatoes and yes, organic dark chocolate! What to avoid? Sugar, processed carbohydrates, alcohol and excessive caffeine. The less it looks like how God put it on the Earth, the worse it is for us! He made everything we need in its perfect proportions. It’s when we mere mortals started messing with our food that our health declined!
Take care of your gut microbiome - and therefore your immune system and mental wellness! There is so much science behind how God created our bodies to work together seamlessly when given the right nutrients. There is a nerve that connects our brain to our digestive tract where most of our immune system is stored and neurotransmitters are made! So how do we help both? Invest in some foods and supplements that target our gut (pre and probiotics, fermented foods) and also help it from the other end by de-stressing. Best practices? Prayer. Sit with the Lord first thing in the morning, even if you have to get up before your precious kids. Put on some worship tunes, try to clear your mind and focus on what He has to tell you. Mindfulness can be time away from all else but God. Bask in His presence and cast your cares on Him. Your mind and body will thank you!
This is a really great time to re-prioritize. We don’t often get to stop our lives to figure out if what we are doing is truly serving God, our families and our purpose. Do all the kids activities that stress us out and cause us to stop at the drive-thru really worth it? Are we making family dinners (or even breakfasts) a must? Is the job we are doing fulfilling our purpose? I challenge each of you to see what parts of normalcy you really want to return to! That in itself will increase your mental, spiritual and physical health. I’m rooting for you!