Friday, March 6, 2009


No matter our sincerest intentions to reflect on gratitude this time of year, we are nonetheless challenged to sustain such a mindset by having too much to do and not enough time or money, or help to accomplish the demands that are traditionally the focus of the season.
Let's look at ways to stay healthy, positive and thankful when the potential thief of goodwill and gratitude sneaks up on us with its arsenal of overwhelm, pessimism, emotional eating and stress.

Foods and exercise have the ability to empower us. For instance, eating foods that trigger the "good mood" hormone called serotonin like oatmeal, whole wheat, and chocolate taken in moderate portions help to bring about emotinal equilibrium. Adequate protein from soy, fish, nuts, fresh "live" (raw) enzyme-rich foods, organic veggies and whole grains aid in balancing blood sugar and insure alertness, optimism and vitality. In addition, avoiding refined sugar, no fat diets, caffeine, soft drinks or diet sodas and nicotine serve to go a long way toward experiencing optimal health and wellbeing.

Exercise stimulates the good mood hormones as well. Consistent movement builds positive emotion and releases the brains own antidepressants. Rushing through house cleaning dosen't count! Its the mindful movement that allows the brain the release the effective feel good chemicals. As little at 10-30 minutes 2-3 times a week of deliberate attention offers powerful affects of the good mood feeling. Try yoga, power walking, biking, or skating.

Finally, create time each day to reflect and openup to the blessings that are unfolding in your life as you open your heart to receive and be in the spirit of Graditute with each and every day.

Referenced from Science of Mind 11/2008 by Dr. James Rouse, naturoathic physician

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