Connect with us

Lifestyle

Celebrating Christmas inside out

Boost your immune system by avoiding smoking, managing stress levels, exercising daily, sleeping at least seven hours nightly, eating nutritious foods,  limiting sugar and sugary foods, avoiding exposure to chemicals and heavy metals.

Published

on

What is the true meaning of Christmas? To Christians all over the world, it is more than a season of joy and merriment — it represents God’s ultimate gift for us, the birth of Jesus, the Christ.

If we dig deep, Christmas is all about family and a sense of belonging which transcends the story of the Nativity. The joining of Christ and Mass especially means coming together in the sacrament of the Eucharist. And yet, this season of love and giving that comes with gifting has taken on a larger than life symbol beyond religion — that of peace and reconciliation.

While the world adorns itself in festive colors and glittering lights, there seems to be a meaningfully personal challenge to us all to look inward. And in seeing, one comes to terms with the many aspects of being. Yes, while it is about laughter and merriment, there is, too, a beckoning from our inner spirits to be still and reconcile with our own selves. Let’s try to spell out Christmas differently in order to work from the inside-out — body and soul.

C —• Caring for oneself is the best demonstration of love. For how can you look after your family if you cannot begin to take care of yourself?

• C is the vitamin that tops the “list of musts” everyday. Take a minimum of 500 to 1,000 mg daily with meals.

• Cauliflower — This keto-friendly vegetable is versatile enough to be your rice and legumes substitute as well as your main course. It is low in calories and high in fiber and nutrients.
• Charity — The best medicine for the soul is helping someone in need. Donate and support your local parish fund drive, visit a street shelter, volunteer in a soup  kitchen or set up your own community pantry.

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY
OF UNSPLASH/
yana gorbunova
TEA is a good digestive and immune system booster.

H — • Health first. This should be top of mind in the way you think and act. So, the next time you buy a product at the grocery, think about your health and well-being. It takes a little training but soon it will become second nature to you.

• Hormones — Called the fountain of youth by health experts, consider seeing your endocrinologist to ensure that your hormone levels are normal for your age. Hormonal imbalance can lead to fatigue, irritability, mood swings and unexplained palpitations, poor sleep, low energy, aches and pains and headaches.

• Heart
— Guard your emotional heart from toxic people and situations, your spiritual heart from a lack of prayer and meditation and your physical heart from poor nutrition, sleeplessness, lack of exercise and vitamin/mineral deficiency. Practice love and show it. Verbalize it and give it. Remember, love is only love when you give it away to someone.
• Hydration — The importance of drinking water cannot be over-emphasized. Drink 10 to 15 glasses of water daily. Dehydration is the cause of many diseases like UTI, kidney stones and, in serious cases, kidney failure.

R —• Relaxation and recreation. Work should not take center place at this time. You deserve that much-needed break. Go on vacation. It’s time for a little pampering.

• Resveratrol — Yes, drinking red wine is beneficial to the heart because of the resveratrol it contains, powerful antioxidants found in the skin of grapes. However, be mindful about drinking in moderation. Sure, you can toast as often as you like, but take small sips. Remember that wine is meant to be savored, slowly.

I — • Immune System. This is the record-keeper of the body because it remembers and recognizes every germ (microbe) that has brought illness. In this way, its radar remains vigilant at all times. Found in various parts of the body, the immune system includes: Bone marrow, thymus, spleen, mucus membranes, tonsils, bowels, lymph nodes and the skin.

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF UNPLASH/LUNA ACTIVE FITNESS
CLAIM your inner peace through meditation.

Boost your immune system by avoiding smoking, managing stress levels, exercising daily, sleeping at least seven hours nightly, eating nutritious foods, limiting sugar and sugary foods, avoiding exposure to chemicals and heavy metals.

• Iced beverages are not compatible with the natural 100 degrees temperature of the stomach. Therefore, nothing is more calming to the stomach than a warm glass of water or beverage. This is also the ideal temperature for digestion. Keep it warm, not ice cold.

T— • Taste should not dictate your food choices. It should be nutritious. Or both. Oftentimes what appeals to your taste buds may not necessarily be healthy for you. So, think twice before downing a second bowl of ice cream. But do not feel deprived. You can eat a little bit of everything in acceptable portions. Bingeing on food or alcohol is not good for your body. So, wine and dine wisely.

• Tea — Yes, it is good for you because it contains less caffeine than coffee. Other benefits: Possible weight loss, may protect your bones, soothe the digestive system and detoxify the body. It is a digestive and immune booster.

• Turmeric — A powerful antioxidant, this golden spice found in curry contains curcumin, its active ingredient that is an anti-inflammatory. It may lower the risk of heart disease and cancer.  Take it in supplement form or as a tea (minus the sugar).

M — •Miracles. Believe in them. A mind and heart open to the possibility of the impossible invite miracles. Don’t give up. Keep the faith. Luke 18:27: “What is impossible with man is possible with God”

• Magnesium is a mineral found in avocados, bananas, dark chocolate, nuts and seeds, leafy greens, legumes, tofu, whole grains, fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and halibut. Benefits: Protects the heart, addresses depression, relaxes the muscles, may fight type-2 Diabetes, might lower blood pressure, relieves migraines and improves energy levels especially for exercise.

A—- • Acceptance is not resignation. It is seeing a situation for what it is, processing it and dealing with it in a positive way minus the sadness. Acceptance is also a choice and it opens new doors.
For starters, empower yourself by accepting the goodness and kindness in you. This is the definition of true beauty.

• Affirmation — It is much like a prayerful invocation, a declaration of your birthright of breakthroughs and happiness. So, learn to affirm something you have long wished for but never really said it out loud with conviction and certainty. Speak your truth and claim it now. Everyday, affirm something wonderful.

• Apples — This fruit can be your life-saver. It is high in fiber and nutrition. If you plan to go on a weight loss program, apples should be included in your eating regimen. Other benefits: May bring down blood sugar levels thus lowering the risk of diabetes, could be a cancer-preventive.

S — • Stress is often referred to as the source of illness such as cardiovascular ailments, mental health challenges like depression and anxiety attacks, obesity because of eating disorders, digestion problems, colds and infection, insomnia and more. To fight stress, you need to learn how to avoid it and anticipate it with a good self-defense plan.

One way is to claim your inner peace through regular meditation, exercising daily, asserting your rights and protecting your inner space and sense of self-respect. Recognize and reduce your triggers.

• Sugar has been known to depress the immune system. You can enjoy your sweets sparingly. Stevia is a good sugar substitute. If you need your bit of sweetness daily, buy products made with stevia, inulin, monk fruit or coconut sugar.  Ask for the sugar-free corner in the grocery, if they have any.

Today’s Affirmation: “I thank God for all the breakthroughs I have received and continue to receive.”

Love and light.

Advertisement

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK

Advertisement
Advertisement