I am a massive fan of growing your own fruit and veggies. There are a multitude of reasons why growing your own plant food is of benefit so I have listed 5 key points below:
1. Eating organic
By planting my own seeds and setting up my own garden, I have the opportunity to ensure what I’m eating is free from pesticides and herbicides - that means no weed killer and no bug killers either. This means I know that there are no impurities and it is as fresh as can be!
From a diet perspective, there are a wide range of foods that can be supportive to anxiety and other mood disorders. Foods that we want to include in your diet:
- Magnesium rich foods as magnesium is beneficial for nervous system support and stress support - pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate, quinoa, tofu, brown rice, spinach, dark leafy green veggies such as kale and silverbeet, cashews, almonds, chickpeas, chia seeds.
- Omega 3 fatty acids - salmon, sardines, mackerel, fis
Over the Christmas break I was knocked down with a chest, throat and ear infection. Unfortunately I didn’t get them all at the same time, the bugs kept moving around in my respiratory tract so it took 4 weeks to clear. I tried absolutely everything – resting, herbs, nutritional supplements, inhalations, chest rubs, throat sprays, nose sprays, paracetamol and even antibiotics. Yes naturopaths get sick also and yes sometimes we have to resort to antibiotics and over the counter
We are all flat out and busy and our stress levels are mirroring these aspects of our lives. Majority of people say they have more stress in their lives than they did 5 years ago, which is more than 10 years ago. To be quite honest, it’s probably going to get worse before it gets better. And the only way things are going to change is if we actively do something about it. If we are not changing our lifestyle then we cannot expect our stress levels to change either. So what can