Good nutrition and health are the foundation for…just about everything!
Anyone that has been sick or has had to manage a health condition themselves or with a family member can appreciate the importance of health in their happiness and quality of life. As poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “the first wealth is health,” and there is no better time to appreciate and nurture your health and nutrition than on Thanksgiving, the holiday established to celebrate and give thanks for the harvest, life, and togetherness.
Many of my patients and clients come in overwhelmed about upcoming holidays because of the food, the choices, the amounts, the temptation–and I like to remind them about the purpose of celebrations: It is not about the food. It is about the people, it is about the memories, the laughter, the games, and the time together. While food should be enjoyed and often acts as the glue that brings people together, food can simultaneously be conceptualized as the fuel that feeds the wealth of health. Wouldn’t we want the most beneficial fuel available? Rich sources of functional fuel come in the form of lean protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates, which, along with the synergy of beneficial vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and polyphenols, are the powerful and productive components for supporting our body’s systems.
May you have the gift of health and happiness and spread the wealth with someone less healthy this season! If you find yourself wanting to re-imagine the purpose of food in your holiday celebrations this year, read more on my tips for healthier holiday eating at my latest article in Health & Wellness Magazine. Some topics I cover include: Making healthier version of a classic, portion control, using leftovers, and mindful eating.
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