Dr. Deanna Minich is an internationally-known nutritionist and author with more than twenty years of experience in nutrition, wellness, and healing. Her unique approach to nutrition is derived from a combination of her study in biological and medical science together with ancient medical and spiritual practices. She has had the privilege of being trained in functional medicine by the “father of functional medicine” – Dr. Jeffrey Bland – for over a decade.
Holidays are a time you spend time thinking of meaningful gifts for your loved ones. But don't you feel you ignore yourself in the rush? This holiday, give yourself the biggest and best gift of health by focusing on it from all aspects. Use these few tips to improve your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.
People are capable of making or breaking any holiday season for you. Such people might be your own friends or from your very own family. Learn to recognize such toxic people and avoid them. Create a healthy group of people who can encourage you and avoid any negativity in life.
Holiday seasons can cause a lot of emotional and physical stress. The stress can come in the form of excess work or people you don't like or just lack of sleep. See what could affect you the most and take steps to avoid any such stressful toxins this holiday to make it more beautiful.
Allow yourself to express or release any stuck/trapped emotions by journaling your thoughts or talking with a trusted friend or partner. Answer your cravings with a healthy and emotion-accepting activity like writing a short story/poem, or painting. Eat mindfully and prefer to choose healthier versions (carrots, bell-peppers) of your favorite comfort foods (think potato chips!).
Most of us believe junk food has the answer to our problems. It’s time to snap out of it. It’s important to first understand your food cravings. Here are a few steps to understand the root cause of emotional eating. When you understand your cravings better, you become closer to conquering it.
Most of us love indulging in something sweet or heavy junk food to help cope with stress. Emotional eating increases the risk of adding a lot of saturated fat and sodium into our body. Also, while these foods might give us a few minutes of satisfaction, they have been linked to depression in the future. Here is how to break out of the cycle.
Address inflammation by identifying and eliminating hidden food allergens or sensitivities (soy, wheat, eggs, gluten, dairy, sugar) from your diet. Replace the eliminated food(s) with healthy, colorful whole foods to support your body with vital nutrients and to keep up your energy levels. Get out of your food ruts and experiment with new flavor combinations and cuisines.
Cancel-reset-replace technique helps control your unwanted, negative thoughts. The journey of mental transformation happens when you know your thoughts, reset them and give a lot of gratitude. These simple but effective steps will erase all negativity which can give more happiness, health and well-being.