Universally, this is a very challenging period of time to be eating mindfully ~ or probably to correct any unhealthy habit!
The unsettling parade of tragic stories running across our TV screens and computer monitors are not just reporting isolated events, but a rippling that now resonates everywhere. And heightened anxiety welcomes anything flavored with salt, fat or sugar ~ in food offerings that are abundantly available.
Eating is the one thing ~ besides breathing ~ that we do every single day that we can control, and as a result, improve our health, our emotions, and our thinking.
(It IS true ~We create our reality with our thoughts!)
Clearly, we can't control the chaos in Washington, or in Haiti ~ or now Chile. But we can take stock where we are, and begin an upward climb ~ starting in our own kitchens.
Interestingly, the selection of foods that calm our nervous systems and put our bodies on a healthy track is much wider than the packaged, processed stuff that populates the middle aisles of the grocery store. And as we stress over the future of affordable health care in the country, there's a veritable pharmacy in the fresh produce section!
Rutabagas, parsnips and collard greens are just waiting to show you what they can do!
But before you meet them ~ start simply with the fruits and vegetables you're most familiar with. Toss the potato chips from the cupboard and snack on almonds, carrots and raisins ~ and enjoy them on a walk around the block instead of in your recliner!
No matter how bad the media says it is out there ~ you have more power than you think!