I know that I typically use this blog to share food ideas and recipes so that you may be healthier and feel good in your life. But I have learned that optimal health is not just dependent on what you put in your body, the key to a truly healthy body goes deeper than just what you eat.
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Since New Year’s eve I vowed to make time daily to ‘look within’ and stay connected with myself. I was listening to the Dalai Lama speak about health and wellness and he kept repeating, ‘calm mind=healthy body”. So although I usually focus my blogs on food and how it relates to health, He clearly reminded me with his strong message that body mind and spirit are very connected. So today commit to a 5 Minute Meditation. I have made it easy, so no excuses!
Find the time today to make your mind calm and a healthy body will ensue…if 5 minutes feels daunting give yourself one minute. Just one minute-you can do it! Let me know how it goes? If it feels delicious to you, please share and pay this message forward to someone you love….
1-5 Minute Meditation
Sit stand or lay down in a comfy position.
Set your cell phone timer for 1-5 minutes.
Close your eyes.
Take a nice deep breath.
If your mind wanders, that is ok, when you catch it, just relax and go back to breathing
Last night I was working in the crazy busy urgent care and I needed a second to recuperate, so I went to dictate a few charts, peeled myself a beautiful orange/mandarin for some good ol fashioned nourishment and within an instant the stale room that was filled with four other doctors and years of who knows what kind of aromas, was suddenly replaced by the wonderful fresh, refreshing, uplifting scent of this glorious orange. Within seconds I felt revitalized and I had not even taken a bite yet!
Ah the glories of the citrus family! In the world of essential oils, citrus is known to improve mood, decrease appetite and lower anxiety. So many reasons to sniff a mandarin or orange peel if you are feeling down or having a gloomy day.
So today, if you are feeling a little anxious or just need to de-stress, try a little zest! Studies have shown that scents can help you to de-stress. Linalool; a substance found in lemons for example, not only has anti-inflammatory properties but may also help to reduce the flight-or-fight stress response. Other scents like basil, juniper, and lavender have also been found to lower stress as well.
So sniff and eat I say! Cause not only do citrus fruits wake up your sense of smell but they are packed with vitamin C, which brings high stress hormones back to normal levels more quickly. Vitamin C also helps lower blood pressure. Blood pressure can rise in response to stressful situations. Eat an orange as a snack on the days when you anticipate extra stress at home or at work. Doing so about an hour before a stressful situation can help you stay calm.
So go and find your favorite citrus fruit, bring it along with you today and enjoy your calm fabulous day…