It was once said that “there’s nothing more important than our good health.” Now we have started a new year, it’s the perfect time to give ourselves some reminders of how to care for our bodies in the best possible way. Both our physical and our mental health will thank us.
A Healthy Diet
One of the most important things to take good care of is your diet – even if you don’t feel like eating. It can be easier to divide your meals into small portions throughout the day, as long as the timing is consistent. Go heavy on the greens – vegetables should make up at least half your meal. If you want a pick-me-up, opt or an apple or carrot sticks instead of something sugary. If you’re struggling with nausea, avoiding foods with potent smells and a lot of grease can help. Always, always drink plenty of water. One of the many benefits of the Budwig diet is that it helps to keep our glucose levels in check.
We cannot always get everything we need from the food we eat, in which case supplements may be a good way to pick up the slack. Consult with your doctor to choose the right supplements for your diet and regime. They can really help, but only if they are complementary to what you are already eating – like it says on the package, they are not a substitute for actual food.
It’s also worth noting that not all pills affect you in the way they claim to. Not all pills follow the same regulations, and some may contain toxic substances. Make sure to get your supplements from reliable sources, and double-check if you have any doubts.
We recommend getting professional help from a kinesiologist or from someone qualified to test the efficacy of a natural supplement and the effect it will have on your body. At the Budwig Center, we use the Vega Test and GSR scan to make a complete analysis of the body. We are then able to recommend the most appropriate and effective supplements, ensuring you will derive the maximum benefit.
The benefits of proper rest cannot be overstated. Your body heals itself when you sleep, so in order for your body to do so effectively, you have to create the most sleep-accommodating circumstances you can, not only at night but during the day as well. Being mindful of these things will improve your productivity, your emotional baseline, and social interactions, not to mention your immune function and blood sugar. It can be tempting to carry on with the same gusto you used to have, but it will do you harm if your body can’t keep up with you, so rest whenever you need to.
At the same time, too much inactivity is harmful. Bones and muscle tissue can degrade if they aren’t used frequently enough, and your mental health suffers as well – staying isolated for too long may make you feel like you’ve lost your connection with the world, and it can even be easy to forget what that connection feels like. Don’t let fatigue keep you from making the steps you need to make to help yourself heal. There are regimes you can follow, but even going out for a walk every day is better than doing nothing.
Interestingly, Dr. Budwig encouraged patients to spend time outdoors in the fresh air and sun because it does wonders for our mindset. There are essential oils and floral essences that we come in contact with when we spend time in nature that acts directly on our emotions. This is one of the reasons we use Bach flowers at Budwig Center because of the balancing effects of these floral extracts.
Movement promotes a change in our thought patterns, so going for a gentle walk, riding a bike or swimming are both safe and help our Bodies produce “happy hormones,” such as endorphins. The Budwig Center’s ideal location, in the South of Spain, makes it easy for those enrolled in our clinical or wellness programs to take advantage of the afternoons and evenings for walks along the harbor and in the local parks and beaches.
Consistency Is Key
It can seem like New Year’s resolutions are meant to be indulged for a short time, then fade away into the background. Many are guilty of letting their comfort zones get the better of them. In order to make the changes we need, it’s important to keep at the routines we have chosen. Cheat days are acceptable, as long as they don’t turn into cheat weeks or months. However, if you have fallen off the wagon, there is no need to beat yourself up about it, since it won’t help, not one bit. All you can do is accept the circumstances, take a deep breath, and move forward.