By Brenda Wakefield, MS, LMT, LMTI, CEP
Thanksgiving is around the corner. Another year of togetherness with family and friends may perhaps be one of best holiday traditions many look forward to. The food table will smell of many aromas surely to taste delicious, but the question many will not ask is, “How will each dish provide nutrients for health and wellness?”
I am thankful and grateful my journey of health and wellness allows sharing with family, friends and clients. I recommend options to help others realize that the body is the core of existence. It is a special job, to ensure that gift is taken care of through knowledge of special skills that enhance and honor the body. I am grateful to be chosen and appreciate the opportunity to assist others with their health and wellness journey.
I am thankful my formula for good health includes the primary ingredients of a positive attitude, exercise, food choices, hydration and bodywork. Whether the information helps family or client, the session is tailored to the specific need. Personally, I am thankful to be near the end of the 5th decade of life in today’s society without health issues, and it is awesome.
[shadowbox]I say good because depending on which ‘weight standard chart’ determines the average as it relates to height, I’m good. [/shadowbox]
I believe no one single action is the sole solution to take care of yourself. Keep in mind, this is the formula that works for me consistently and surely another’s formula may be different, and that is completely okay. We all know everyone has an opinion and can voice how they feel freely in this land of America. That being said, my health journey shows I take no medication, eat mostly organic, walk 10,000+ steps, ride my bike and lift weights several times a week. This is a huge part of my life, and helps me remain positive as the decades continue to add up.
Start with a positive attitude. I am thankful to think clearly, and to keep my body holistically sound aligns with our assignment to take care of this precious vessel. Years ago, while my children were young, the journey to take responsibility for our health changed. “Train up a child in the way they should go.”
Their family’s health and wellness certainly shows in their lifestyle today. The popularity of juicing in 1990 led the way in our home to a healthy start along with non-dairy milk. I made almond milk simply in the kitchen with almonds, a blender, water and a bit of honey. My children weren’t exactly thrilled with the change in the kitchen, however I do remember how these simple changes – internally and externally – kept us out of the doctor’s office and in good health. As a parent, my duty to teach the difference between good and bad health choices went beyond a conversation to include action.
Action includes exercise, and movement is a key element to increase circulation and nourish our body’s multiple systems. Stretch to lengthen the muscles and provide ease of movement as the years pass. My dad, who is 84 years young, I thank for the wisdom he imparts frequently. He says, as his grandfather ‘Papa’ shared with him, “Just keep on living.” Papa lived 99 years, and with continued movement, lived many years through adversity – investing in strengthening his ‘temple’. I reflect on the physical ability it took my great-grandfather to work the farm as both a slave and a free man. I am grateful for the genetic DNA which gives me strength.
The farm of yesteryear provided a purer food to put on the table straight from the fields, harvested with love. Today’s visit to the grocery store is laden with many processed foods with preservatives, and who knows what else, not necessarily the best health choices. But again I am grateful to know the better selections to thrive for better health. Be careful of the Standard American Diet (SAD).
I stand ready to educate on food-healing possessing phytochemicals that are nutritionally sound.
Keep in mind, food, whether from a garden or farm, requires water to grow. Our bodies are 60-70% water and hydration is important to help systems function properly. The body gives signs of improper hydration – the skin gets dry, lips are dry, constipation is a problem and many other discomforts. Many take for granted clean water availability and the privilege of such access. I am thankful for clean and drinkable water, so special for our body and a requirement to function.
To wrap up this article, let us not forget bodywork. The body has the inherent ability to heal itself when given the special touch. Self-correction takes place through numerous modalities, but my love for craniosacral therapy is important in its work on the Central Nervous System (CNS) which includes the brain and the spinal nerves. The CNS is the control center of the body and drives all systems. I thank God and am very grateful for His creation of life and masterful functioning body with purpose. Honor your body, it’s the only one we get on this earth. Nourish and cherish and remember it’s on loan with an expiration date.
At the end of November, as we give thanks and gratitude for the blessings of the year, let us not forget our daily purpose. As another year passes, there should be shouts of thankfulness and gratefulness to be healthy and well this day. Choose your formula, and consistently strive to be healthy and well.
Brenda Wakefield, MS, LMT, LMTI, CEP offers proactive massage and touch therapies and initiates the body’s natural healing ability after injury. Start feeling better today, call her office at 214-380-9700, or her mobile phone at 469-955-6530. Learn more about the therapies she provides at www.handsofchoice.com. Schedule an appointment in the DFW area at http://styleseat.com/brendawakefield. Find her ad in The OffBeat Business Magazine.
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