Natural Wellness

Are you in a positive food relationship?

What’s Your Food Story?

Everyone has one.

Your relationship with food started the minute you were born.

Bottle or breast, we all had to eat. It’s a fact of life.

My story is pretty typical. My parents worked hard to provide for us. We had what we needed and sometimes what we wanted, but money was tight.

It was the 70’s and my mom went to work. I was a latch-key kid.

But we had dinner at the table as a family everynight and very rarely went out to eat except when Grandpa would treat us to his favorite buffet, The Royal Fork.

Do you know what I liked best there? The instant potatoes! (I can’t believe I’m admitting that outloud.)

My mom was not a great cook but she excelled at making inexpensive, yet still nutritious meals. We had our fair share of processed food in the house and she was a microwaving queen, but we were not overrun by it.

However, as a stubborn teen in the 80’s, I rejected anything to do with cooking. I avoided the kitchen at all costs. After college, when depression and anxiety kicked in hard core, I can now correlate to increased use of processed food and fast food since Mom wasn’t doing the cooking for me anymore.

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But I grew up and matured. I learned to cook for my husband and kids. I discovered real food tasted better and slowly but surely as I studied and learned more about nutrition and health, I discovered that our modern diet of convenience is killing us.

Every bit of it; from factory farmed meat and fish; chemically sprayed and genetically altered produce and grains to carbohydrate and sugar heavy foods.

Did you know that eating fat doesn’t make you fat?

Did you know that exercising and eating less are not longterm weight loss solutions?

Did you know that most of our modern day ailments from diabetes to chronic inflammation are results of not only what we eat (and what we don’t eat) but how we eat it.

We’ve been misled, sometimes outright lied to, and almost everything we were taught as kids, about food, is wrong.

If you’re curious about how Americans came to eat the way we currently do, I urge you to read, The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillian.

Other eye-opening books:

  • The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung

  • Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin

  • Eat Dirt by Dr. Josh Axe

There is no shame in your past food story but if you want a new one here are some things you can do.

  • Find and purchase from local farmers as much as you can: Produce, eggs, cheese, meat, raw milk, herbs, flowers, sweeteners- like honey and maple syrup.

  • Talk with farmers and ask questions. A good farmer doesn’t want to hide their growing practices.

  • Think of the people who grow and produce your food as your own personal farmers. Food professionals if you will.

  • Think of your favorite farms like food “boutiques”. We all have our favorite little shops for clothes, jewelry, hairstyling. Why should food be any different? Farmers style you from the inside out.

  • Learn new skills: baking bread, making kombucha, cooking from scratch, flower arranging, the list is really endless.

  • Try new foods: If you don’t like a food, chances are you just haven’t found the right recipe. (In full disclosure… I still haven’t found the right brussel sprout recipe.)

What ever your food story was or is. It isn’t too late to change the path you are on. Good, clean healthy food is out there.

I’d love to hear your food stories. Please share them with me. And if you need a little motivation to make changes, I’d love to come along side you and help you with your story.

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Bloom & Grow

Cyndi

Are You Ready To Kick Anxiety To The Curb?

Just this week a friend of the family was brutally honest on her blog. She shared about her battle with anxiety.

Just a few days earlier, another friend was on social media asking for suggestions on how to deal with this very same issue.

I think if we’re all honest it is a pretty big problem for women these days.

So I’m gonna take the first step, stop pretending everything in my life is social media perfect, and come along side both my friends and so many others with a hearty, “Me Too!”

I have struggled with severe, crippling anxiety attacks. So much so that I have been on prescription medications for years.

But I’m here to tell you, you don’t need to be ashamed of anxiety, nor do you just have to muddle through. There is hope!

First let me say… if you are in a crippling place, go to a doctor and get help.

Don’t be too proud. Medication won’t solve the problem but it will get you to a place of relief where you can start to address the issue with more natural and longterm solutions.

The best news is you have many natural options to help you in the fight!

There are herbs and foods that will help support and strengthen your body and mind and give your adrenal glands the rest and replenishment they need.

Plus add in some simple lifestyle changes and you can kick anxiety to the curb!

Eat Good Food:

  • Stop eating processed food- this is not an easy thing to do, but it is the best way to give your body the nutrition it needs to heal itself.

  • Reduce sugar drastically- sugar is inflammatory to the entire body, including the brain.

  • Expand your mushroom horizons past white buttons or portebellos and choose: Reishi, Chaga, Shiitake, Oyster, Porcini, Maitake, Shimeji, or Chanterelle just to name a few.

  • Get lots of nutrients- melatonin in tart cherries, tryptophan in turkey, anti-oxidants in fruits and veggies, magnesium in almonds and cashews, Vitamin D in farm fresh eggs. (Shameless plug… Fox & Glove Farmstead sells awesome eggs!)

  • Eat Healthy Fats- butter, olive oil, avocado, coconut oil, oily fish.

  • Learn to like and eat fermented foods: Kombucha, sourdough, kefir, kimchi or sauerkraut. Neurotransmitters are made in your gut so ferments support your nervous system by strengthening gut health.

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Minimize Stress

  • Prayer and Meditation- Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

  • Practice deep breathing techniques- this is my go-to favorite! Breathe in through your nose as deeply as possible. Hold this breath for a count of 7 and then exhale as slow as possible through your nose. Repeat.

  • Make small lifestyle changes- a set regular bedtime and rise time, get regular moderate exercise, introduce tech free times (especially close to bedtime), go outside, take tiny breaks throughout the day to regroup your thoughts. Set a day of rest once a week.

Use Herbs:

  • Lemon Balm and skullcap (as a cup of tea) with a drop of wood betony extract added- 3x daily.

  • Adaptagen/tonic herbs: Ginseng, eleuthero, ashwagandha, and rhodiola all strengthen and tone, feed and nourish your body systems. Take a tonic with these herbs in them daily.

  • Holy Basil (also called Tulsi)- eat fresh daily or use as a tea.

  • Other nervines to quiet the mind: Chamomile, Hawthorn, passionflower, oats

  • *Start with one or two herbs in small doses and build from there with a less is more philosophy.

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Make Use of Essential Oils:

  • Frankincense in a diffuser- it can calm the mind and enhance breathing.

  • Lemon balm in a massage oil- can reduce panic symptoms.

  • Mandarin in the bath- can relax and calm.

Nutritional Supplements:

I am not a big supplement fan. I would rather get what I need from food and herbs but if you’re not opposed, then the following options are a good call.

  • Probiotics with up to 10 billion live organisms per dose.

  • Vitamin C to help produce norepinephrine.

  • Vitamin B5 to help with serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine production.

  • A multimineral combo (calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium, zinc) to help control stress hormones (cortisol).

Take Baby Steps

Don’t think that you have to do all of these things all at once. Pick one or two things from above and start small. The idea is to reduce anxiety not create more.

Maybe switch out the Parkay for actual butter or find a blend of kombucha that you like and drink that instead of soda.

Take a stroll on the weekend, practice your breathing while laying in bed and drink a cup of your chosen herbal tea blend at bedtime, eventually working your way up to three cups a day.

Diffuse essential oils instead of chemical fragrances. Take a daily supplement.

Little habits make way for bigger and better things, one baby step at a time.

I would love to hear your stories about anxiety. How do you handle it? Do you have encouragement for other women? Leave a comment or question below. Let’s support each other and help kick anxiety to the curb!