Brain Food: Spring Clean Your Diet
By laurenflake on March 31, 2014
Probably the best “snack” brain food is berries, especially blueberries. I always buy organic berries since conventional berries tend to have a lot of pesticide residue.
Red, red wine (in moderation).
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV
Red wine contains antioxidants like flavonoids and resveratrol but limit yourself to 1-2 drinks per day. If you don’t imbibe, drink grape juice or snack on red and purple grapes. [Red wine and resveratrol: Good for your heart?]
Eat dark chocolate (70%+ cacao).
My favorite treat is also a disease-fighting powerhouse (and it pairs nicely with the beverage above). Antioxidant-rich cacao protects your health in more ways than one. [9 Health Benefits of Chocolate]
And most importantly,
TREAT yourself with kindness.
Manage stress. Be happy.
There is nothing more important to your health than happiness Make self-care a priority.
REST. Get a massage. Walk.
The benefits of enough sleep, regular exercise and massage are endless. The effects of chronic stress can be fatal.
My yoga instructor loves to remind us of the Sanskrit word “ahimsa,” meaning “do no harm.” Getting on the mat every week helps me take care of my body and mind. It has increased my strength and flexibility and taught me how to intentionally relax.
Pray. Meditate. Laugh.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 ESV
Don’t take yourself so seriously. Laughter really is the best medicine.
Realize that you will never be perfect or have everything under control. God is in control. FORGIVE as Christ forgave you. Free yourself from worry.
Lauren Flake @ For the Love of Dixie