What are you having for breakfast, lunch and dinner today?
Do you prepare ahead of time and set a menu?
Do you see what is in the refrigerator, freezer, or cabinets and create something?
Do you have to make a run to the local grocery store or order via a food delivery service?
Do you order take out?
Or do you look forward to dining at a variety of different restaurants?
Think about it. When we are hungry, we eat. However, do we look at the food as fuel and nourishment for our bodies to stay healthy? Or do we eat what tastes good though may not be good for us? Or just because it is that time to eat?
If you have a car that requires fuel, you fill up the tank with the right type of gasoline or diesel in order for the vehicle to perform at it’s best.
Same with our body and mind!
To maximize our performance and health, we need proper nourishment.
Our mind needs the proper fuel to provide us with clear, accurate, positive and inspiring thoughts which will impact everything we do.
Have you ever experienced a sugar high? What happens after? Yes, a dip to a low- sometimes with shakes, sometimes with a mood swing bordering on anxiety and depression. What we eat impacts our ability to think, to stay healthy, to perform and to thrive.
Thoughts become things. I read a quote this morning that says:
Your mind will believe everything you tell it.
Feed it Hope.
Feed it Truth.
Feed it with Love.
(And I will add, feed it with proper nutrition!)
Right now, we are faced with re-adjusting to post-Covid life. How are you strengthening yourself to remain immune to illness, physically, mentally and spiritually? How are you building yourself up, protecting yourself against other people’s anxiety, nervousness and uneasiness with being around others?
It all starts with taking care of ourselves first. And food plays an integral part in that. In an article from Medical News Today, 12 foods are identified to boost brain function and the health of our body, mind and spirit.
Nuts and Seeds
The foods listed may help improve a person’s memory and concentration. Some may also reduce the risk of stroke and age-related neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Some of the foods contain compounds such as healthful fatty acids, which can help improve the structure of brain cells called neurons. Other compounds, such as sugars and saturated fats, may damage brain cell structures.
This is a great list to start with.
Outside of broccoli and soy, I incorporate all the above into my diet. In addition, other fruits and vegetables play a large part. Of course, an occasional alcoholic beverage on the weekend, and a dark chocolate mousse with cherries and I am set. I do not deviate much. However I have my boundaries.
Happy Meal Prepping!
With Light and Love and Meals for your Mind,