What’s fueling your wellness?

Lauren Vandermeer Blog Post
January 25, 2017
Lauren Vandermeer Blog Post

When trials come, it’s only natural to reach for comfort. Maybe it’s something smallish, like a killer commute after a crazy day. Or perhaps it’s something bigger, like losing your job, feeling down for a long time, or, I don’t know, realizing you sacrificed more than a decade of your life to an organization now labeled a cult. Just some *random* possibilities I may or may not have personally experienced (wink).

The point is this: when your wellness has been compromised by any sort of trauma, you can fall into to destructive habits and a downward spiral really quickly. So, go ahead and indulge in a chocolate chip cookie or glass of wine. But, after that, let’s decide to face this area head-on since we’re serious about wellness, shall we?

Like I said in the video, I’m going to mention some things to avoid, two of my favorite cookbooks, and one superfood that has made a HUGE difference for me.

First, some things to avoid:

1. Sugar – “No food stresses the human body as much as refined sugar … [it] actually drains the body of vitamins, minerals and nutrients in the process of being burned for energy.”  from The NingXia Wolfberry by D. Gary Young

2. Caffeine and Alcohol

3. Dairy Products

4. Processed Meats

5. Hydrogenated and Heated Fats

6. GMOs

Focusing on things you *can’t* have feels defeating to me, so I want to encourage you that the list of things you *can* enjoy is much, much, muuuuuccchhh longer! I’ve tried all kinds of approaches, but two that have been particularly helpful to me are The Trim Healthy Mama (THM) plan (http://www.trimhealthymama.com/) and the Oh She Glows food blog by Angela Liddon (http://ohsheglows.com/).

The THM ladies have some good, balanced thoughts about supporting wellness nutritionally regardless of your age, stage, and thoughts about meat and organics. And, their recipes that I’ve tried have all been super tasty. Angela Liddon is a vegan who’s found ways to make her recipes appealing even to those who are die-hard meat-lovers … like my husband. Anyone that can do that is awesome in my book. So, I encourage you to check those out. And, if you all have other favorites, please share them in the comments!

Lastly, I’m all about keeping it simple, so let me tell you about a way I’ve found to support my wellness with a shot glass. The NingXia wolfberry is the world’s most nutrient-dense superfood and it is the main ingredient in Young Living’s antioxidant blend called NingXia Red. Incorporating this into your routine is one of the easiest things you can do to support your overall physical wellness which will, in turn, support your heart healing. All it takes is an ounce or two a day – the size of a shot glass – to add a significant amount of nutrients and antioxidants to your daily routine. You could juice pounds of produce – and spend all day drinking it – and still not get all the benefits found in a 1-ounce serving of NingXia Red.

If you want to learn more about NingXia Red, let me know in the comments section. I’d love to send you more information about how you can try it for yourself!

So, so far we’ve covered 5 tips for supporting your physical body, which supports your emotional health. I hope you’ve been encouraged to believe that your wellness is worth the effort and make choices to support it. Moving forward, we’re going to shift gears and talk about ways to support ourselves emotionally while our hearts and bodies are on the mend.  Do you know anyone who needs to join us? If so, please forward this to them so they can pursue wellness with us!

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