A Healthy Mind

We’ve all seen those commercials where some buff person strolls out sipping some smoothie. The camera rolls and shows like 15 cucumbers and a whole head of brocolli crammed into one pill or drink. We’re told that if we just take this pill, or drink this shake, then we will be powerhouses. Reader, does that seem right to you? Does it really make sense to fortify your body with mega doses of food that you would never be able to chug down naturally? The wierd part of this scene is, they always leave out the water. As in, that powder that they stir in the shake, it’s dehydrated food. Gallons and gallons of water have been extracted to make that supplement. Reader, does that seem right to you? Doesn’t it seem like to make all of that food work, it should have the accompanying water necessary to transport those glorious nutrients into your cells?

At this point during the commercial, everyone in my family is howling, “how can anyone eat healthy…it takes up too much space in your stomache.” But then, we stop and think about and must admit, yea, if we didn’t eat the twinkies and ho hos, well;;  maybe there would be room.

Most thinking people will conclude that eating a reasonable healthy diet on a daily basis makes more sense then cramming.  Binging.  And doing penance with a week of health shakes.

I have found this same concept to be true with our mental health.  People are always told “think positive!” and then, the person saying this gives out a list of affirmations to quote. Now that would be great…if they could just walk around all day listening to it. But what tends to happen is, the motivational tapes play for 30 minutes at night, and then the student wakes up, rushes to work in a toxic environment with crap playing on the radio. They roar home listening to nothing but death on the six oclock news, and when they get home, they watch a horror movie. Talk about binge dieting!

Reader, did you know that just as your body needs proper food to stay healthy, so does your mind? The problem is, how do we know what is good for our bodies…or our mental health? We do know that lots of fat and sugar aren’t supposed to be good for us. And we do know that lean meats, dairy in moderation, and health carbs, along with fresh produce are awesome for our health.

Pop and technology

In our house, I have found that eliminating soda pop (called “soft drinks” in some parts of the world) and turning off gadgets, frees our minds and bodies up to eat healthier things.

WiFi and french fries

I recently pulled the plug on the WiFi at my house. Too many family members were walking around like zombies, glued to their smart phones….or missing in separate rooms, eating dinner alone. I begged. I pleaded. Threatened. Bribed. I’d call the kids out for something and 30 seconds later, they would dash to their room for snap chat time. This took all night just to get everyone together. Finally, after another wasting evening choralling everyone together, I’d had enough. The next morning, all of the kids were wandering around like displaced fruit flies, looking for the missing melon.

Whining turned to snapping. Snaping turned to snarling. And it hit me…your kids are addicts.  (stay tuned for part 2…..

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