Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: 3 Tips for Mindful Health

"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.  Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice."  --White Elk

For the past month, I have been providing support and education to a group of women who have made the decision to get to a healthier weight.  All of these women are mothers and one just became a grandmother for the first time.  The new grandmother is extremely motivated because she doesn't want her life shortened by obesity.  

Kids at a Growing Healthy Kids program using vegetables grown within a ten mile radius of where they live.

I take my role as a parent very seriously because not only am I a role model for my son, Edward, but also for all of his friends.  Choosing to be healthy is exactly that:  a choice.  We choose whether to eat a cereal loaded with lots of different sugars (see Fifty Shades of Sugar articles, February 18 and 25, 2015 at ONCE WE HAVE BECOME LITERATE.  Just like learning about all the added sugars (and salt and fats) in processed food is a big part of health literacy, so is the concept of mindful health. 

What is mindful health?  It is the concept of awareness of the balance we all need and crave for our body, mind and spirit, of listening to ourselves, of recognizing that we are all different so there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to the “right” thing to do.  Let's face it:  we all have inherited predispositions from our parents and grandparents. As we become parents and grandparents, we inherit a responsibility to become mindful of our own health so we can lead by example.  

Here are 3 of my tips for mindful health:

1.  Focus on getting the right amount of sleep every night and the right KIND of sleep
2.  Make water your primary drink.
3.  Include foods from local farmers in your weekly food planning and preparation.
4.  Stop and take 2 minutes for yourself before you eat.  Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and relax.  Enjoy the meal you are about to eat. Your food will be better digested and better absorbed.  

If you live in Florida's Treasure Coast, then join me this Saturday at the Gifford Youth Achievement Center in Vero Beach when I will be speaking at Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition’s “You are Worth More than Gold” symposium for women and teen girls.  The best way to ensure “Growing Healthy Kids” is to begin before a woman becomes pregnant.  I will be sharing tips for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy child. I hope to see you there!  

I am so psyched about having met a very talented chef who creates phenomenal dishes and flavors.  Isn't that what great food is all about?  Listen to my radio interview on WAXE and about Growing Healthy Kids with Chef Michael Glatz from La Patisierre.  Just click here.

With love and gratitude,
Nancy Heinrich

Founder of the Growing Healthy Kids Project

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