I get asked fairly regularly what my top tips are for health and wellbeing.
I’m going to share with you four of my top health tips today. These are all things I prioritise in my life and add to my feeling as healthy in my mind and body as I can be. They are also great habits to ‘lead by example’ with for those around you.
Be the change you wish to see in the world – Ghandi.
FOUR TOP HEALTH TIPS
1. Grow some food for yourself. It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment or a big house, there are opportunities to connect back with the earth again by growing something that you can eat yourself. There is nothing like planting a seed and being rewarded by Mother Nature at a stage in the future.
From herbs to a full-grown veggie patch, connecting with the circle of life has an emotionally healthy reward – it requires you to be patient – and a physically healthy reward. Not only is eating anything organic super-awesome for your body, and your global footprint, but the more you get your hands dirty the healthier your microbiome may be (that village of beneficial bacteria in your gut).
Also, there’s nothing like sitting down for a meal where any component of it is grown by you.
It seems so simple, but really, if you eat a rainbow-range of whole natural foods like fruits and veg and herbs, nuts and seeds, free-range, organic or grass-fed animal products (if you’re so inclined) and focus on drinking water to quench your thirst, then you’re going to be setting yourself up for good health. Different coloured fruits and veg store various different nutrients relating to their colour. Cool huh?
A great, balanced meal includes multiple colours and eating the rainbow allows you to get the balance of nutrients that you need to thrive.
> > > A great dish you can add a rainbow of veggies to, have vegan, vegetarian or with meat is this Pad Thai.
3. Cultivate Gratitude
Studies have shown that it’s much more powerful to document your gratitude than it is to simply think it or speak out loud. Grab a cheap notepad, keep it on the dining room table with a pen and ask everyone at the table each evening for what they are most grateful for. Over time, this is going to lead you to greater fulfillment. Here’s a couple of pics one we have going right now (forgive my hand-writing). Yes, Ruby was grateful for my cooking and broccoli and friends she met at Bunnings. We ask even when we have guests and have been told that it’s a really wonderful and positive experience for them too, being a part of our gratitude practice.
We can spend our entire lives in scarcity . . . just waiting for for the other shoe to drop and wondering when it will all fall apart. Or, we can lean into the uncertainty and be thankful for what we have in that precious moment. When I’m standing at the crossroads of fear and gratitude, I’ve learned that I must choose vulnerability and practice gratitude if want to know joy. I’m not sure that it will ever be easy for me, but I have learned to trust this practice. For that, I give thanks! – Dr. Brene Brown
Your gut is considered by many to be equivalent to your second brain. Your gut health will either help you thrive or adversely, see you suffer. Over 90% of the serotonin – our feel-good hormone – we produce comes from our gut so those with compromised gut health may suffer from moodiness, aggression, sluggishness and even depression.
Auto-immune disorders also have a close correlation with a damaged digestive system. Those with arthritis, Crohn’s, Colitis, Graves, Hashimotos and a plethora of other AI diseases will find symptoms are commonly exacerbated by mis-treating the gut or caused directly from poor gut health (and can be healed completely in many cases by making healthier choices when it come to diet and nutrition).
Our gut constitutes about seventy percent of the immune system, so if we don’t look after the village of beneficial bacteria within it, then we are also going to be more susceptible to illness and disease (or dis-ease). Eat fresh, whole foods and add helpful probiotics such as lacto-fermented vegetables, kefir, kombucha and a good probiotic.
Also consider functional medicines like bone broth to heal and seal any damage to the GI tract. Removing foods such as gluten, dairy, alcohol, sugar, artificial sweeteners and soy from the diet for 38 days on average will give you an indication of whether you may feel much better without these foods.