Autumn, now the sun is setting sooner, and the getting up later, what are you doing to maintain healthy, supportive habits? For many, the hibernation feeling starts to kick in with the change of season, and this can be counter productive for most of us. The shorter days takes away opportunity to play outside, and as it getting cooler, the chill can certainly hinder our instincts as well. Like all things, we need time to adapt and to stay on target.
Have you noticed the change in produce in the supermarket or the farmer's market? Many of the root vegetables are starting to increase in number as they are the plant's storage compartment of energy and nutrients for the next season's crop. The change also heralds produce that is becoming higher in Vit C and various immune supporting phyto-nutrients (colour) and minerals, again to help the produce reproduce and sustain the next generation. Fortunately, we benefit as well from nature's nurture by boosting our immune system and encouraging us to rest more.
In preparation for the coming winter, (which is only 6 weeks away), it invaluable to assess and create supportive strategies now, so when the chill really sits in, you can give yourself a list of positive things to work with.
Who are you and what is it you want to experience this winter.
How are you going to do things differently to help you achieve this.
Who, if anyone, do you need to talk with to promote doing things differently.
What could be researched - activities, locations, adventures, tools, resources, to keep you moving and access to foods that give comfort, with out the loaded Kjs/Cals
Looking for ideas? Consider brainstorming with your friends and see what is going on in your community. Put it in the diary and move towards the things you have said you wanted to achieve.
Autumn, the time of year when Mother Nature, in the Southern hemisphere is starting to slow down and prepare for nesting, hibernating and storing its energy. We see it i more so in the Colder regions in the mountains than around Newcastle, but we are all aware of the transition in place. Plants start to slow their growth, the day time is reduced, the air feels different with a different element in it - coolness. There is a tranquility to the energy, one of going ahhhh.
Our body, being an ancient creature is very much in tune with the earth cycles. We respond to the change in the moon, solar flares, amount of sunlight to name a few. We inherently know our food choices change in response to the environment, and this too is important to respect.
Eating to the season's produce when the produce is holding its maximum nutrients is vital. The plants and animals have been working hard to do their thing and build the nutrients - vitamins, minerals, proteins, starches/fibre/sugars etc for their maximum potential and we benefit by eating them. Choosing wisely what we eat, drink, do is all part of our well being lifestyle and allowing our environment to support us through the various phases of the cycles we live through. To see what produce is in season check in with your local farmer's market or in Australia, the Sydney or Melbourne produce market it the ideal place to go
Cycles are not limited to food and mood, but to all parts of our life. The saying there is a season to sow, and a season to reap also applies to our emotional and mental health. Knowing too the astrological cycle has an even longer, in years we are heading into a new era with a new 9 year cycle. This can be seen as is new beginnings are abound, the removal of the old, allowing the new, closing of doors and opening of new ones. It is a time of opportunities and the options for you to take them with two hands and make them your own.
A few questions for you...
What would you like to have or be different if you could?
What changes are in fact needed to give you a different life?
What are the character traits you need to develop to become the person you want to be to do, have and be the person who has what you are looking towards?
Change is not always easy, I can attest to that, however, nothing changes until we choose to be and do different. To think differently and let go of the beliefs, views, ideals that are stopping us from being and doing what we would rather be and do.
These questions and points can be focused on each area of your life. Go back and review the wheel of life seriously consider what needs to change to get your life back on track.
While the older we get it can seem harder to change - we have family, friends, the status quo, expectations, greater risks etc. We can all name them! What if though, by not following through you loose your heart and soul for living and giving? What if you get to the end and you have regrets of not doing this or that, or at least having a damn good shot at it. After all, we are only as limited as our beliefs. This is exactly what I have been doing over the past few months. Re-evaluating my life, my choices, my ideals, beliefs, attitudes and actions. The result? I have made huge change decisions I wouldn't normally do, such as saying yes to adventure more - Two over seas trips this year. Allowing friendships in - reaching out to people in the car park, literally and getting to know them. Catching up with more friends more regularly. Changing the business model from the traditional clinic setting to online, Actually finishing the online program that was written 2 years ago.
This process wasn't done alone, and I encourage each to reach out to practitioners who can help you with deeply anchored emotional issues and let them go. The books I have been recommending over the past emails all help to identify our thoughts so one can choose to keep or let it go. Food choices also either support the chemical/physical body or not, creating health or undermining it.
All these things take awareness, courage, choice, and then action with out them we continue to get what we have been creating, the reflection of who we think we are.
Take the leap of faith, you might be very pleased where it takes you :) d where it takes you :)
I listened to a podcast today presented by Dr Michael Holick on Vit D and its relationship to Auto-Immune diseases. The following are the points raised:
There is the Vitamin D App to help assess the amount of UV and Vit D producing sunlight you are getting. Free in google play and the apple store.
If you feel you at risk of a deficiency or demonstrating symptoms, speak with your GP and book in for a consultation with Healthy Eats's Dietitian.
There are several layers or influences on our health and well being. Each is important in their way, and they interact on each other. Our mental attitude however, as dictated by our beliefs and values is core and a primary influence to our choices, actions etc and therefore our chemistry.
"Nurture your mind with great thoughts, or you will never go any higher than you think."
How your sub conscious mind plays out in your world
It is quite daunting to start observing our life experiences with a more dis-connected eye. To see things we like and don’t like about ourselves and others around us and knowing it all originally began as our body frequency at some time. This is a wake up call. What are you noticing, the good, the bad and the ugly? Remember back to the theory that all things create a frequency, and like magnets we attract to ourselves, through thought actions and habits stemming from the vibration our emotional self-belief resonates at. Our choices are a reflection of our self-awareness and perception. Take the blame and shame out of the observation, as we only work with the knowledge, skill and strength we have at the time.
Awareness is the first step, compassion is the next.
Disease then is a culmination of changes in the various layers
Dis-ease as a concept stemming from the emotional/physical dis-chord has been around since millennia. Even during Pagan times it was recognised the body was out of harmony with the spirit or physical world and so various methods were employed to help bring the body back into balance. It was during the rise of Papal Christianity that the church forced perception change around the various Pagan beliefs that honored Divinity and its sacred wisdom.
When the body is a state of dis-chord, we tend to be anxious, or agitated. Why? There are a number of possible reasons. Basically, though we are not in alignment which causes friction and we in a state of attempting to re-align the various parts of our self – mind, body chemistry into a congruent or united balance again. Things that can alter our balance,
· The food/drink we consume changes body chemistry triggering the neural and immune systems > triggers the HPA (Hypothalamus – Pituitary - adrenal axis) > Stress and hormones imbalances if this occurs over a long period of time.
· Our perceptions/interpretation of events triggers emotions and changes chemistry. Our primal reactions to the things we see, hear or experience.
It is encouraged to regularly check in and become mindful of your internal dialogue, conversations with others, emotions that come up for you. Complete the Self Talk Awareness exercise and gain insight into what you think about things, and drill down till you hear your “should’s or rules” about the point in question. From this awareness you can choose to let go of the unsupportive belief that is potentially causing your harm, modify it so it is supportive to your overall life choices or keep it, just as it is.
Another clear indication is the ‘in the moment’ or ‘shouldn’t of done/said’ that reactions where things are just said or done. If it is a shouldn’t of ….. in your aftermath realization, firstly ask if
In truth one of the fastest ways to healing is to acknowledge your interpretation and reactions to the situation, but it often healthier to work with awareness in quieter moments.
Interactions between our microbes and food/drinks consume creating various chemicals trigger changes in our chemistry. This is a new area of research and is showing to be a very useful tool in re-creating chemical balance, repair/support gut integrity and down plays the immune, nerve and stress responses when triggered by the foods/drink/medications we ingest. It is a very complex association, but has very positive reviews and client success.
Agitation is our body’s way to bring our awareness what and how our body would rather be or our subconscious believes a situation ‘should’ be, or ‘could be’. ‘The situation’ is an opportunity to investigate what, how and why things are happening, and why there is not ease and grace around ‘the situation’.
Don’t get me wrong, we do need a level of dis-chord to gain clarity along our way, but not to the level of anxiety or ‘stress‘. This dis-chord is to question our lifestyle choices; shoulds and should nots; our beliefs and values in relation to what we are reacting to. It creates a situation to help us clarify our points of view to ensure we are being our authentic self. It is essential that you are prepared to take ownership of this process to help your body and mind reverse the physical formation of unhealthy thoughts, patterns of behaviors, beliefs or vows. Louise Hay explains this beautifully in her work and highlights the relationships between subconscious beliefs and the physical/body creating a dis-ease.1 It is important to comprehend the multi-faceted nature of this process. If only one aspect is focused on – the body with exercise and food; or only the mind, but we change our food and lifestyle habits; or we only take medication and don’t address the other supporting factors – lifestyle choices, food, and mind, then the problem is only shifted to a different position. The core issues must be addressed to create ultimate change, the core issues is the way we perceive ourselves and our life experiences.
The physical, chemical environment
Symptoms, however subtle show up when our body is reacting to the environment in which we live, the toxins and chemicals we are exposed to disrupting out body chemistry, or we are not ‘feeling’ in oneness with our selves. It is invaluable to question why our body is more sensitive to some compounds than others; why we become agitated, or happy or sad, or calm in response to different stimuli. Some sensitivity can be passed down from one generation to another via our genes, increasing our susceptibility to the trigger chemicals and situations. Our ability to detox and safely remove toxins and chemicals from the body; a weaker or more turned on immune system due to over exposure to chemicals which is hyper sensitive and our body just hasn’t yet caught up with the chemical load our planet is swimming in.
Considering how old the human genome is, a couple of million years, compared to the length of time we have been exposed to a mere 250 years of industrial, chemical and farming practices which is compounded by the food and transport industries requiring more and more chemically laden products. Our body is not totally up to speed of what these chemicals are, let alone what to do with them.
The other compounding problem is many of the chemicals we are exposed to is killing our natural microbiome and causing significant imbalance and chemical changes. The gastric, respiratory and skin systems are being compromised and this is resulting in increased food intolerances, possibly increased rates of mental health related issues, and immune system diseases. Disrupted body systems have long term implications many are not good outcomes.
Microbial disruption, isn’t the only disruption. Many of the chemicals and heavy metals we are exposed to disrupt our body by changing body chemistry, or replacing minerals and actions that are meant to be there. Examples of this have been known for some time – xenoestrogens is a classic example where BPA from plastics for instance mimic the estrogen hormone and ‘tell’ the body to behavior in a manner that natural estrogen does. The problem is that estrogen has a natural rise and fall dependent on our cycle, (in both genders, but more obvious in females) and what our body needs at the time. When we are constantly in the estrogen ‘on’ mode, we are at risk of diseases such as breast cancer, visceral fat accumulation leading to insulin resistance and then diabetes. That is the in female, in men, over feminization occurs with its own complications.
Changes in chemical composition results in changes in electrical charges, vibration and resonance, all of which alters our body, our mind and what we are sending out there.
What to do??
Give yourself a pat on the back, and acknowledge how far you have come. It isn't always easy waking up and being honest with ourselves.
Download the Accountability and Awareness Journal and complete the 12 weeks course on making change and looking through new eyes and make changes as you can.
Get help. Change isn't always easy, and depending on where you are in the spectrum of wellness, will help determine the most immediate course of action. Invest in self help and also in specialist support. You will reap the rewards faster than you can imagine. Hay House is one such site that provides an extensive range of resources, as is MindValley.com
Book in to clinic either for a nutrition review and recommendations, or Guided Wellness Meditation, to shift through the limiting blocks to your health.
If this how you are starting to fee like?
The first week of January is over, half way through the second. It is hot, definitely Summer has kicked in. Its uncomfortable to exercise, the cold drinks are looking good, as is the ice cream and easy eats, because you don't need to do much. Sound familiar? You are not alone.
Resolutions are a good starting point, but how does one stay motivated to continue when the chips are down, and older habits are looking rather tempting?
A few tricks I have used in the past include:
Bottom line, It is ok to be you, and I personally wouldn't want you any other way.
Take time to self care by learning what is important to you, describing what all this looks like and then strategise how to bring it together. This process may require some help and tailored guidennce to meet your personal needs and that is perfect.
A dietitian with an interest in mind, body, skill development and empowering people to help themselves. After living a lifetime in the first 40, it is now time take it easier and let things be and help others get their their 'life'.
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