Living holistically has become more attractive for many of us as we realise what we feed our bodies reflects itself in our skin, how we feel and our overall health and wellbeing.
If we haven’t been taking good care of ourselves our bodies may be protesting with a myriad of ailments and a plethora of aches and pains.
Many of us believe that this is ‘normal’ and part and parcel of life. This is simply not the case.
We are supposed to enjoy good health and emotional wellbeing.
What you invest in now in terms of your health will pay huge dividends in your energy levels and increased ability to deal with whatever life may throw at you.
Food can be medicine as is depicted in the enlightening book, Medicinal Cookery by Dale Pinnock who has become a regular feature in the UK media.
He is the UK’s first medicinal chef and a renowned nutritionist and medical herbalist. His journey began as a teenager when he completely healed himself of severe acne by educating himself about the healing properties of certain foods.
He then took it upon himself to feed his body with the foods that would heal his skin from the inside.
In his book he explains how the healing power of foods and their health-giving phytochemicals can work in a similar way to medicinal plants and even pharmaceutical drugs but without the unwelcome side effects.
He highlights the benefits of each food and demonstrates how to prepare recipes that are both delicious and that treat specific and often chronic ailments.
His book includes recipes which cover all the common health disorders including digestion issues, heart and circulation, immune and nervous conditions and joint and skin disorders.
His newest book, The Clear Skin Cookbook focuses on recipes designed to treat and heal debilitating skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema which have become increasingly prevalent in today’s society.
We also need to be honest with ourselves about what is going on in our lives that may be causing us to be out of balance.
We do not have to share this with all and sundry but denying and suppressing how we feel can cause the body to eventually express it in its own way through the symptoms of disease.
When we have been honest with ourselves we can take the necessary steps to remedy it.
We might need to delegate some of our work or childcare, take more exercise, have a heart to heart with our partner, go for a massage or book a counselling session.
We are the best judge of what we truly need at any given moment and what we need to let go of. Meditation is also a wonderful tool for calming the mind and it helps us to get in touch with that still peaceful centre within.
Even 10minutes of daily meditation can have profound effects on stress levels.
It also slows down the aging process significantly.
Studies have shown that people who meditate regularly can have a biological age of up to 10 years younger.
We have the power to influence and affect our own health for the better and enjoy remarkable wellness, vibrancy and energy well into our old age.
We are responsible for how we look after ourselves and for our emotional wellbeing. We might discover we are less than happy with aspects of our lives and that may be causing us cumulative stress, for instance we may be in a period of unemployment.
As challenging as that can be maybe it could be an opportunity to get in touch with what we would really love to do and take baby steps towards the goals that we create for ourselves.
Do more of what makes your heart sing every day.
Revisit the things you loved to do as a child and get in touch with that part of yourself because for many of us life has become serious and we have forgotten how to ‘play’.
Indulge yourself, feed your body the foods you know it just loves getting professional advice if needed, choose fun exercise and encourage your friends and family to do the same!
‘Gold that buys health can never be ill spent’~ Thomas Dekker