Hi <<First Name>>,
Welp, here we are. The holidays are really here. For some people that means excitement, joy, family, and feelings of love and warmth. For others, it triggers a sense of sadness, missing loved ones, or stress and anxiety over the monumental task of making the holidays special for all those around you.
Wherever you are on that spectrum, we want to support you in making these next 6 weeks a time that you make self-care a priority. Slow down. Get your rest. Nourish your body AND your mind. Everyone around you will thank you - and most of all - YOU'LL be poised to have a happy and healthful holiday season.
Our tips in this newsletter are all about reducing inflammation by reducing stress. Inflammation is the underlying condition of 80% of illnesses, and chronic stress is the main cause of inflammation. This is because of the continuous release of low level stress hormones. Which, over time, cause damage to our body's tissues. There are a number of ways to combat chronic inflammation read below for a few of our recommendations.
Have a wonderful, safe and healthful Thanksgiving!!
Laura and Celeste
Nourish your body with an anti-inflammatory diet. This is nothing new, but its always good for me when I remind myself of the concept of food as medicine. One of my health mindsets is that nature provides almost everything our bodies need to thrive. So it makes sense to me to load up my plate with whole foods - made by nature and preferably free from pesticides. I find when I eat this way most of the time, I feel energetic and light. And I LOVE it! Try this recipe for a yummy warm winter salad.
If you are someone who is having a hard time with diet because of the development of food sensitivities, or other health complications, our Nutritionist, Maggie Dion is here to help. Through her Functional Nutrition programs, she will lead you through the overwhelming quantity of contradicting diet information, and help you design a plan to suit your specific needs.
Tip 2. Slow Down
The stress on our minds, from trying to do too much around this time of year, causes health problems. Whether its being more susceptible to colds, or energy levels that are either too high on overdrive, or too low from overwhelm, our bodies respond with low level inflammation. When low level inflammation goes unchecked for long enough, we end up at the doctor's office.
We recommend slowing down. Especially slowing down the mind. The mind has a powerful influence over the body. So when our minds are clear and calm and content, our bodies follow suit. Meditation is a wonderful, FREE technique for calming the mind. Numerous studies have shown multiple health benefits consistently experienced by meditators. Interested in trying out meditation? Join our FREE Meditation Exploration Group for beginners.
Tip 3 Get Bodywork.
Arguably one of the most enjoyable, and most effective ways to calm and soothe body and mind is with a bodywork session. Massage Therapy not only relieves pain, but reduces stress hormones and stops the inflammation process. Acupuncture brings balance, reduces stress, and stimulates the body's innate healing response. This one is a no-brainer.