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Ready to turn over a new leaf?

By Annabelle Bondar | August 28, 2013

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”
~ Steve Prefontain ~

To my family, friends and forest of readers,

Are you taking time out from your hectic calendar to schedule some self-care for yourself?

Today I treated myself to a spa treatment with soft music, wonderful moisturizing cream, refreshing lemon and cucumber water and a visit with the girl who just returned from two days of being in the mountains.

I love this time of year, it is a transition time – a new daytimer, fresh ideas, change in seasons, routines, activities and thoughts of wellness and prevention.

For some of you it seems overwhelming, I have watched those getting ready to go back to school, new shoes, fresh haircuts, clothes for the new year, teachers preparing for class and moms ready with healthy snacks and managing routines for family and themselves.

It is also a time for some who are moving, new promotions, transfers, working harder.

Today I want to reassure you that you can manage the stress that these challenges put on your body. Enjoy the article below with some examples of items that may make a difference for you.

For those of you celebrating Rosh Hashanah wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

As Always,
It’s Me

Little Secrets That Can Make A Difference

Here are some great examples of healthy things that can make a difference.

  1. Asparagus: Did you know that asparagus is a vegetable with a rich source of tryptophan, which is an amino acid that can benefit us, promoting restful sleep and good mood.
  2. Spinach: If you feel anxious, it wears you down. Your adrenal glands work overtime and it causes the production of the stress hormone cortisol, remember fight or flight. Spinach provides vitamin C as well as iron and vitamins A and K. Try putting it in salads instead of lettuce.
  3. Quinoa: This is a grain of double duty. It is loaded with magnesium, and a great protein source. It also is a natural muscle and nerve relaxer.
  4. Pumpkin: seeds These seeds are a great source of zinc, which helps with irritability and depression. Try a handful of the unsalted, shelled kind for some nice crunch to your salad or yogurt.
  5. Wild Salmon: Omega-3 fatty acids are present in the brain and can help to achieve optimal brain function and a positive mood. They also help with inflammation in the body, which can be more present with stress and anxiety. Walnuts, avocados, omega-3 rich eggs and flax seeds.
  6. Beef: Grass-fed beef is one of the best ways to get your B vitamins, such as B12 and folic acid. Chicken, leafy greens, legumes, citrus, rice, sunflower seeds and eggs are also good sources.
  7. Shitake Mushrooms: When you are stressed, try some mushrooms to boost your immune system with lentinan.

Maybe some of these foods are new to you, but if you give them a try, you are adding prevention to your mind, body and soul, and it is right in front of you on your plate for gratitude. Try to eat slowly, without distractions, and you will feel calmer, better able to meet the challenges ahead.

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