Most patients come to me with a specific health concern. When this settles down they are motivated to keep their health and to begin to work preventatively. I work with these patients to help them formulate a health care plan. Here are my recommendations for a basic recipe for well being.
Eat with the seasons
Creativity (optional but highly recommended)
Regular check-ins with your health care team
Begin with a clean diet. A clean diet is the foundation for well being. Without a clean diet your body can act like a sieve. Any treatments, homeopathic remedies or supplements can have trouble holding because the nutrition is lacking. My basic suggestions for eating a clean diet are to cut down on sugar, food containing preservatives (any processed food) and alcohol.
Eat with the seasons. For this winter season emphasize root vegetables (beets, carrots, turnips), lots of soups and stews and warming spices such as cinnamon. During the winter limit raw foods, with the exception of raw, fermented foods such as sauerkraut.
Next, add some physical activity – gentle walking, swimming, yoga, running. Physical activity helps your body to digest, strengthens the immune system, helps with stress relief and can provide a boost on the emotional level.
Creativity is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “the ability to make new things or think of new ideas”. This can be producing an art or craft but also creating a dance or a new garden or a piece of writing.
James Clear, in his blog Making More Art: The Health Benefits of Creativity reviews findings from five visual arts studies from a 2010 American Journal of Public Health article titled The Connection Between Art, Healing and Public Health. (The original paper reviewed more than 100 studies.)
Some of the benefits James Clear highlights include “reduce(d) stress and anxiety, increase(d) positive emotions, and reduce(d) the likelihood of depression”.
In my personal life creativity is an essential ingredient in my recipe for well being. In my practice of homeopathy and Bowen I have observed that creativity can also be a sign of return to health. I have seen a return to creative outlets by patients as their health improves.
As an ingredient of your recipe for well being for 2014 I highly recommend you do something creative – sing, play an instrument, learn to hook rugs, etc.
The last ingredient of your 2014 well being plan should be your preventative health care team. Make a plan to check in regularly with health care professionals to maintain your health.
With my patients, as a minimum I suggest they plan on a couple of Bowen treatments at every change of season, in particular in the transition to spring and fall. For patients with chronic illness such as diabetes, heart conditions, arthritis, I suggest planning on regular Bowen treatments every 6 to 8 weeks.
I hope you enjoy this recipe for well being and are happy with your results in 2014.