Healthy for Life

Welcome October and make time to nourish yourself inside and out


Hi, people! The fall season has come quickly once again and just when we had figured out how to abide with our summer’s nature. As we begin to blend in and recognize the season’s changes, it is an opportune time to warm the soul and body to keep our spirits brightly shining. Here is a checklist that may assist you for the new month and weather ahead.
• Get a long, restful night’s sleep. Be aware of your food and beverage intake before bed. They may disrupt the quality of your sleep. Also, pay attention to what you may be stimulating your brain with before resting.
• Meditate and pray. Take the time needed to relax your mind and body.
• Stay well by eating foods with nutrients that contain Omega 3s, vitamins A, C, D and E, and zinc. A few fall items to consider are salmon or cod oil, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, pears, pomegranates, apples, sweet potatoes, squashes, red pepper, onions, garlic, porridge, turmeric, green tea, ginger olive oil and coconut oil. Don’t forget your honey!
• Avoid foods that aggravate sinuses, such as refined products, wheat and other grains, corn products, banana, dairy and milk, sugar, caffeine in coffee, and alcohol. Pay attention to how you breathe after you eat or if your throat is raspy. Prepare soups for your sugar cravings. Soups are also great hot meals in which to add your vegetables.
• Take a multivitamin.
• Stay moving with exercises that agree with your mind and body.
• Hydrate with filtered water or coconut water. You may need a different moisturizing lotion or cream for your face and body as well as changing hair products.
• Use unscented products. They may be easier on the nasal passages.
• Take shorter or fewer showers or baths. Take sponge baths, steam or sauna.
• Have some fun and get out and socialize with friends, family or nature!

 It’s pumpkin time

It’s open pumpkin season! This beautiful orangecolored, flesh-filled fruit is bursting with nourishing goodness. The seeds are rich in zinc, calcium, B vitamins and vitamin F. They are also a good source of protein. The seeds, husks and oil have been known to help with prostate disorders, stomach issues, parasites and worms. Fresh pumpkin flesh has vitamin A, which is good for the skin. It can help with clogged pores, fight bacteria, dark spots and dry, rough skin.

Here is the recipe for a pumpkin seed body scrub to help renew, heal and shed the skin:

1. Buy a fresh pumpkin, large enough to obtain two cups of pumpkin flesh with seeds.
2. Slice the pumpkin open and scoop out its flesh and seeds.
3. Put flesh, seeds and some grain into a blender and mix until it is smooth.
4. Sit or stand in your shower or bathtub and begin lightly massaging your body, starting with your feet and working your way up toward your face. Relax for a few minutes. Then, rinse off and lightly pat your skin dry.
5. Store leftover body scrub in your refrigerator. It can be refrigerated up to a week. Besides the notorious pumpkin pie, pumpkin puree is also excellent in soups. My favorite is pumpkin and lentil soup. Also, pumpkin seeds have known to help curb smoking. The seeds are great in salads, cereals or just by themselves. Get savvy by adding your favorite spices or herbs roasted in with the seeds.

Julie is a Healthy for Life advocate.

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