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Ultimate Guide to Staying Healthy in the Colder Months by Herbal Papaya

Ultimate Guide to Staying Healthy in the Colder Months by Herbal Papaya

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The colder months provide us with a certain nostalgia, of changing foliage and winter wonderland memories. Don’t let this cold season be tainted with feeling less than your best.

As the weather gets colder and more friends start getting the flu, it’s time to take a step back and look into what we should be doing for our own health this holiday season.

You may hear time and time again that your body is a temple and you should treat it as such, but have you taken the time to think about what that means for your busy lifestyle?

The following tips for staying healthy in the colder months may come as obvious to you, but really think about if you do in fact focus on these parts of your health every week. Sometimes we need a simple reminder in the form of a blog post to get us back on track and thinking about putting our health first.

You’ll notice that this guide to staying healthy is not just about nutrition, although that’s a big part of it. Health begins with a balance of wellness in both the mind and body.

If you’re eating nutritious food but constantly stressed about little things at work, you will not reach your full healthy potential. Likewise, if you’re starting to exercise everyday but never getting enough sleep at night, you probably won’t feel at all energized or happy the next day.

Read through this list, take it in, and start to realize how interconnected every aspect of our mind and body are in terms of health. Try to hit each one of these goals for a month straight and see if you notice a difference in how you feel. It may seem like a lot of different aspects to focus on right now, but once you get into the habit, you will thank yourself later.

Hydration is Key

Hydration, hydration, hydration…hydration. The fact is, it’s hard for the average person to stay properly hydrated throughout the day, to reach that impossible 8 glasses of water.

The best advice I can give you is it’s all about making it a habit. When you wake up, have a glass of water with your morning coffee. Before you go to bed at night, drink a glass of water. Instead of reaching for that coke at lunchtime, you guessed it, reach for water instead.

Some people have a hard time enjoying the taste (or lack thereof) of water. If you’re one of those, opt for sparkling flavored water or hot tea.

Goal: Stay conscious of how much water your getting a day, and always try to one up yourself until you reach your personal goal of water intake.

Focus on a Nutritious Diet

The winter can be the hardest time to have a nutritious diet, there are so many indulgences around this time of the year it’s very easy to slip into bad habits.

Instead of the the warm comfort foods or canned overly-salted soups that are taunting you, try making your own soups and stews from home with fresh winter vegetables that have a high amount of vitamins and nutrients. Sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables, and beetroot are all great winter vegetables to try in a soup.

It’s great if your diet also includes plenty of legumes, wholegrains, nuts and seeds, and uses a lot of herbs and spices to round it out.

Try to eliminate sugar as much as possible – I realize this is easier said than done with the giant more chocolate popping up in the grocery store these days.

Goal: Try to go a whole month with little to no sugar in your diet (before Christmas!) and make 2 new homemade soups with delicious winter vegetables.

Exercise Regularly

There’s no doubt about it, it’s hard to exercise regularly as it starts getting colder outside. Your body’s natural response is to curl up under mountains of blankets and watch Netflix marathons while sipping hot cocoa.

I get it, I really do, but you have to start thinking about your body too! If it’s more attractive, think of moving your exercise indoors where it’s warmer. At the gym, or at home with weights, or a yoga mat and your ability to do jumping jacks. Whatever will keep you moving, do that.

If you’re more of the runner type or still want to spend time moving around outdoors, make sure to spend extra time warming up your joints inside to avoid any unnecessary strains or discomforts.

Goal: Exercise 3x a week for 1-2 hours at a time. If you’re feeling adventurous, try out a few different types of exercise – both indoors and outdoors – to see what motivates you the most.

Reduce Stress

Stress takes everything happy out of your life and puts it into a pinhole perspective of negativity. And ironic enough, the most stressful time of the year is usually around the holidays.

A small amount of stress can be good and keep you motivated to do what you need to get done. For the most part; however, stress is a very, very bad thing to give into.

Some of us lead much more stressful lives than others, usually depending on our socioeconomic status or our careers. Regardless of your amount of stress in life, there are always ways to at least try to reduce it or combat it completely. A lot of those de-stressing tactics use the idea of mindfulness.

Taking a step back to survey your life and the root of your stress, can be incredibly successful in making you realize either how unimportant that stressful item is in the scheme of things, or how unhelpful stress is in working through the issue.

Goal: Take up a mindfulness hobby this month – whether that be yoga, meditation, or singing away your blues in the shower. Whatever works for your personality and gets you out of your stress bubble.

Get Enough Sleep

This is such an important tip to follow in life, and one that’s hard to adhere to sometimes in our busy lives. Sleep allows your body to recover and renew.

Similar to an iPhone that’s low on battery charge and stressing you out with the chance it could shutdown on you, your body can get overwhelmed mentally and physically a lot quicker with a lack of sleep.

Everybody is different in the amount of sleep you need, and it also depends on how active you are on a day-to-day basis. In general, it’s best to set aside 7-9 hours of sleep a night for your body to rest and feel good the next day.

Goal: For the next month, never dip below 7 hours of sleep. Download an app such as SleepCycle onto your phone, which records your sleep patterns and gives you insight on how your sleep could be better depending on your lifestyle.

Wash Your Hands

You may think this as a way too obvious recommendation, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked into a public bathroom stall, heard the stall door open next to me and footsteps echoing out the door without a squeeze of soap or a hint of water spilled from the faucet.

That my friends, is what I call gross. And more importantly, unsanitary. So many germs are spread from not washing our hands before cooking, after taking out the trash, and yes, even after using the bathroom.

Take that extra minute to let the tap warm up and use hot soapy water to wash your hands properly.

Goal: This should be a life goal – always wash you hands after using the bathroom. That goes for you too, guys!

Boost Immunity

Although a nutritious diet is one of the most important gifts you can give to your body, sometimes you need an extra little kick in immunity as well. We’ve talked a lot on this blog about how you can boost immunity and why it’s important to do so.

Immunity makes your body strong to fight against those viruses and seasonal attacks that can be so nasty once they get inside your body.

However, there are a variety of ways you can go about boosting your immunity depending on your preference. Echinacea, garlic, vitamin C, and zinc are also great for supporting a healthy immune system, whether you decide to take supplements or find them in fresh foods.

It could also be the time to start thinking about getting that flu shot if you haven’t already yet.

Goal: Focus on boosting your immunity once a day through herbal tea, food that contains one of the immune boosting elements above, or through a daily supplement.

Stay in Contact With Loved Ones

Don’t you always feel a rush of contentment or happiness after a long catch-up on the phone with a friend/mom/dad/you name it that you really love?

How about when you get a surprise postcard in the mail from your daughter who’s living across the country right now? How about just making a house call to your grandma who lives down the street?

Again, with busier and busier lives in the modern age, we sometimes push these interactions to the side and justify it by saying we’ll see them at the holiday.

Not only is life short and we’ll never truly know how much time we have with our loved ones, but these interaction provide you with a type of social proof and acceptance that makes you feel part of a community. This is very important to our mental wellbeing as humans.

In other words, these connections make you feel loved and respected, they tend to make you have a positive outlook on life, and thus provide you with a healthy mindset. Plus, it never hurts to make other around you feel nice and fuzzy inside.

Goal: Send a few handmade notes in the mail this month to people you respect and love, just to say hi and let them know you’re thinking of them.

Surround Yourself with Natural Light

Did you know that on average about 4 to 6 percent of people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD? Up to 10 to 20 percent of people can have a mild version of it, and SAD is also four times more common in women than it is in men.

There are a few ways to combat this type of seasonal depression, but one of the best ways is through light therapy. You can do this by purchasing a light box and/or surrounding yourself in places that provide a lot of natural lighting.

I’m attracted to places with a lot of natural light because I know it makes me feel happy, whether that be in a new cafe or the apartment that I choose to lease. I’m not the minority in thinking this way either, natural light has proven to be effective it making people feel content, happy, productive, and even inspired creatively.

Unfortunately, with the colder months and the lessening sunshine, natural light isn’t always possible or easily accessible. When this happens, try out a light box and see if it makes a difference in your overall wellbeing this winter.

Goal: Find a new cafe to go to in the morning that has great natural light, and notice if it makes you feel overall more happy when you start your day there.

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As I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, our happiness and wellbeing our interlinked by a multitude of aspects in life pertaining to our health. I hope you’ll try out a few of these tips and notice a difference this holiday season in your energy levels and health.

As Andy Williams once said, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”. Don’t let poor health spoil a time meant for appreciating your family, friends, and the little things in life that make us happy.

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Q & A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet – Interview with Chana Liora/Janine Laura Bronson

For the twenty-second interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Chana Liora/Janine Laura Bronson, former assistant to Ann Wigmore, who revolutionized healthy eating in America with wheatgrass, living foods and “energy soups.”. She started the Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston, MA and it moved to West Palm Beach, Florida and is now run by Drs. Anna-Maria and Brian Clement.

From Ann Wigmore’s Wikipedia Page:
In 1968, Ann Wigmore co-founded the Hippocrates Health Institute,a health resort in the United States, with Viktoras Kulvinskas. Known as “the mother of living foods”, she was an early pioneer in the use of wheatgrass juice and living foods for detoxifying and healing the body, mind, and spirit.

In her autobiography, Why Suffer?: How I Overcame Illness & Pain Naturally, Wigmore recalls observing her grandmother using herbs and natural remedies as a child in Lithuania.

Wigmore died in Boston on February 16, 1994, of smoke inhalation from a fire at the Ann Wigmore Foundation.

At the time of her death, the Institute was called the Ann Wigmore Foundation. Brian Clement owned the Hippocrates Health Institute next door, which he moved from Boston to West Palm Beach, Florida.
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Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

I have come to realize my full potential as a peace-maker, even though this has been a long time in coming, and I believe that a healthy person contributes to a peaceful universe, and think that veganism, in particular a vegan variation of Kosher Parve (which would exclude all animals and animal products in the categories of eggs, fish, dairy and meat) is more peaceful and moderate…more about this in another answer…

As to why I got involved in the “health” industry, and how come I spent time up at the Hippocrates Health Institute… here’s a testimonial, also involving my Mother.

I originally contacted the original Hippocrates Health Institute (in the 1980’s) which used to be located in Boston, MA, because I was reading books by Ann Wigmore but was looking for more information. Little did I expect to reach Ann directly by telephone, all I really wanted to find out was the answer to my question about sprouting fava beans (since I couldn’t really find them on any list as to how long to soak them) and amazingly for me, and a total surprise was that “Dr.” Ann, as she was called back then (she had a doctorate in Divinity) answered the call herself, because at the time, she was actually just lacking an assistant, and praying to find such a person, mentioning it to me, while I was exactly in transition and looking for work, and she invited me up, and I DROVE all the way there, in my little old car from New Jersey to Boston, and luckily for me, she liked me on the spot, and hired me then and there! I assisted her for about three years, when I had to return to Israel, to look after my Mother who was recuperating from a so-called incurable disease (there is no such thing, by the way) from which she made a total recovery and is still alive about 25 years later and approaching 90! Thanks to what I learned from Ann, we can each and every one of us find true healing and not have to rely on conventional medicine. My Mother, of course, chose to immediately stop the “poisonous therapy treatments” to which she was allergic and was being given to her from the hospital of which I made sure they allowed her to be released. I made her wheat grass juices, and other things such as energy soup, that I had learned at the Hippocrates Health Institute, and of course, daily fresh vegetables and fruit from the local farmers’ market, and picked avocados from our family plantation in Pardes-Chana/Karkur (near Hadera on the way to Haifa up North-East, from Netanya). I wish more people would discover how we might try to “Let Food be Thy Medicine, and Medicine be Thy Food” (Hippocrates saying)…

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

1- The first item I need that I would not like to leave behind is to take a copy of Perek Shira which has quotes from Biblical sources that speak of the praises of all creations to The Creator.
2- I would take as pure a container of fluoride-free type of mineral or purified water as I can manage to take with me, not knowing when I could find this precious life-giving water, when on the island, knowing that even though this is a heavy item it might be life-sustaining for at least some time.
3- A certain filtering flask that purifies braken-type water from unpotable sources that I might find.
4- I’d appreciate having a compass, for direction.
5- Some sort of a communication device to seek help from the rest of civilization, but not sure if this would work in such a remote place, but who knows?
(Note from interviewer: Although I only asked for 5 items, Chana added an additional one, which is ok by me)
6- If this is available, a map of the desert island to explore the surroundings more logically, oh, and I didn’t know if one could bring another person with, as well? Ha, ha, ha… (not sure who that would be though, haven’t met my true soul mate, ha, ha, ha…)

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

I think the message of caring compassionately for not only ones own well-being but the wellness of the planet and all of Hashem’s/G-d’s creations is very important from an ecological viewpoint, environmental, ethical reasons against Tza’ar Ba’alei Chayim (not causing harm to any living creature) and feeding the hungry…

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

This depends entirely on the person, no two people are identical, cannot give one cure-all…

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

Massage, Brain Gym (in process) and common sense regarding living moderately (my advice is following a Kosher Raw Vegan Organic lifestyle)…

Question #6: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

To be at peace, one can vee (I coined this word, meaning to live as a raw vegan-Kosher person…

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

My greatest hero is Hashem/G-d because He is All-Knowing, Omnipotent and Everlasting

Question #8: Is there anything else you would like to share with the public?

Life is miraculous and very precious and we should value each one of those 86,400 seconds in a 24 hour day.

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