Savor each delicious bite

Lotus - Nutrition

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

It’s been a while since I posted on my blog because I was completely immersed in a 6 week nutrition certification program.  It was interesting and enlightening. I learned a lot about nutrition fundamentals, diet related diseases, and a scientific approach to analyzing health information which I’ll share in a future post.

Learning is a way to open our minds, sharpen our brain, and challenge ourselves. It gets us out of our normal routine and presents us with new opportunities. I love being a perennial student. It’s how we grow – whether it’s taking academic courses, creative classes, or lessons in life. Taking time to reflect and sharing with others helps to practice what we’ve learned. So here are a few healthy tidbits:

  • Nutrients work together like a symphony in a synergistic process to optimize their effects
  • A whole plant-based diet provides a full spectrum of nutrients working together to enhance health
  • Eating all colors of the rainbow is a way to maximize antioxidants and encourage creative cuisine
  • Organic vegetables and fruits are free of pesticides, herbicides, toxins, and genetically modified foods
  • Teaching kids to garden is a great way to get them to love vegetables
  • Appreciate the abundance of nature and savor each delicious bite!

(The creative, yummy lotus hummus dish was created by my friend, Susan.)

 

Listen to your gut, follow your heart

Listen to your heart

The only real valuable thing is intuition.” – Albert Einstein

I always listen to my gut.  It helps me make important decisions regarding relationships, life choices, and health questions.  It prompts me when I’m unsure of what to do, or gives me that queasy feeling when something is wrong.  The reason we have “butterflies in our stomach” and go with our “gut reaction” is because our gut is our second brain.  After many years of research we discovered the stomach is the enteric nervous system / ENS which sends signals to the brain affecting emotions, influencing memory, learning, and decision making.  Over 95 percent of the body’s serotonin is made there – which accounts for why we crave comfort food.

You can find lots of interesting information on the internet about this topic and books like The Second Brain by Michael Gershon, one of the first neurobiologists who discovered ENS.  Personally, I find it fascinating to know what I feel to be true is proven scientifically!  Listening to our heart and gut go hand-in-hand. Tuning in to their signals not only helps us make the right decision, it can actually save our life.  Critical times to pay attention to what they’re trying to tell us are:

  • Health issues – See a doctor if you feel something is wrong. Pursue a second opinion if you think a diagnosis isn’t in line with how you feel.
  • Stress / danger – Think about why your stomach is upset around certain people or situations. What is it telling you to do – Stop? Run?
  • Values, dreams, goals – what do you feel in your heart is the right thing to do? What makes you happy? I saw a great exercise on Facebook from Healing Light: “Make a list of things that make you happy. Make a list of things you do every day. Compare the lists. Adjust accordingly.”

Listen to your gut and follow your heart. Here are more tips for how to use your intuition to make decisions.