The holiday season is upon us, with many of our thoughts turning to food. The popular adage “you are what you eat” is literally true, according to new research that claims a person’s diet has a profound influence on their brain function and overall health.
Just as our eating style reflects and affects who we are, I believe how and where we live reflect ‘us’ even more. Our homes are intimate expressions of ourselves. Similar to the correlation between poor diet and disease, living in a toxic environment — in any sense, physical or emotional — also impacts our health in a negative way. Luckily, the opposite is also true. By creating an environment that supports our well-being, health and happiness, our bodies and minds will respond in positive ways.
The holiday season inundates us with recipes galore (as well as stress and temptations to overindulge). To balance that, choose an ingredient (or two, or three!) from my “healthy-self’ holiday recipe below, and treat yourself to a generous helping of grounding — whatever that means to you.
Cheryl’s “healthy-self” holiday recipe:
- Take a walk in nature
- Spend time with animals
- Do yoga
- Take a warm, detoxifying salt bath
- Read something that feeds your soul
- Get enough sleep
And, most importantly, surround yourself with love, starting with love for yourself. Create a thankful vibe, and go easy — both on the food and on yourself.
Wishing you a holiday season filled with love, peace — and, of course, good food!