Wellness – The New Healthy
Living well does not mean to deprive yourself from the joys of life and go on a rigid diet and exercise regime. Food is not the only factor to our happy and healthy state. You are doing your body a huge favor, by choosing whole, clean and honest food and exercising moderately, but what about your ultimate state of mind? Overall wellness is a combination of a balanced diet, appropriate exercise and physical activity, restful sleep and positive lifestyle choices.
- The quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort.
- An approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.
Disease and illness is unfortunately a part of our living world. The good news is that eating the right foods can help you protect yourself against certain diseases and can alleviate symptoms that comes along with it. Choosing a diet rich in fiber, vegetables and fruits can help you reduce your chances of getting disease.
Buy healthy, higher welfare meats and poultry (those fed on grass and roaming free) ensures balanced protein and essential fatty acids, crucial to our healthy state. Add 30 minutes of moderate exercise and you are on the path to lengthen your life.
Disease Fighting Foods
Look for foods with phytochemicals, which are found in beans and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and kale. Dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, romaine lettuce, and collard greens are packed with fiber, lutein, and carotenoids, all cancer-fighting substances. Foods rich in the vitamins C, E, and A, all antioxidants themselves, can protect you from disease by preventing the growth of free radicals in your body, so stock up on oranges, avocados, and apricots!
Tomatoes contains lycopene, an antioxidant that helps prevents heart disease and are also a great source of Vit A, C and E. Luckily there are loads of ways to incorporate tomatoes in our diet. They are perfect grilled with breakfast, used fresh in salads and sandwiches – and pretty much the base of any pasta sauce and will have you well on your way to wellness.
It’s the season for this delicious, healthy fruit – with a huge dose of antioxidants, Vit C and Vit A. Watermelon also contains lycopene, present in tomatoes – so you will be fighting off the bad stuff in no time. Also, 2 cups of watermelon has about 80 calories – healthy snack alert!
Cabbage and Carrots
A cruciferous vegetable, cabbage helps reduce the risk of colon and rectal cancer. Cabbage is also rich in fiber and have a huge amount of Vit C, making it a pretty versatile disease-fighting ingredient. For an excellent source of fiber and beta carotene, Carrots are a major source of Vit A. Our tip? Coleslaw of course…
Beans (also known as legumes), include lentils, peas and soybeans, along with many other varieties. Packed with fibre and protein, beans are super healthy, affordable and versatile. It contains antioxidants, B Vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Including beans in your diet means you are not only preventing heart disease, diabetes and cancer – but it also helps with weight management…
Seeds makes a great snack and is a pretty versatile ingredient to add to salads and bread. They are high in fiber, vitamin E and monounsaturated fats that can help keep our heart healthy and our body disease free. Some of the healthiest seeds on the market are hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds. Don’t look any further as we stock a huge variety, good quality organic seeds…
Berries are a great sources of fiber, and may be good for your heart and your bones as well. Both blueberries and strawberries are rich in vitamin C and fiber. Blueberries are among the most nutrient dense berries there is, with loads of fibre, Vit C and K and manganese. Strawberries, which contains antioxidants and polyphenols, also have many other nutrients and Vitamins that plays a part in overall health. Lucky for us, strawberries are in season, so come grab some for your morning breakfast or as a great disease fighting snack…
Wellness does not stop at your dinner plate
You are nourishing your body, but are you nourishing your mind?
Self care is such an important factor in “wellness”. We are all so busy with our corporate lives, rushing from one deadline to another, that we simply do not have time to catch our breath, live a little and relax.
Stress is a tremendous factor that aids disease and the breakdown of cells in our body. Adding 30 minutes of moderate exercise is beneficial to our overall health, you simply won’t find a healthier habit. Take 10 minutes a day to immerse yourself in mindful breathing, positive affirmations and a conscious effort to eliminate stress. Make room for a more personal bedtime routine, switch off the devices after your hard day at the office…
Let us at Jackson’s help you live a better, healthy and wholesome life. We are dedicated to supply clean, organic and better-for-you foods, foods that will make you feel great and live a great quality life, and achieve wellness. Check out some of our new super-foods in store and let us know what’s your go-to products and methods to restore health and living well. Please also join us for a nourishing, wholesome meal at our Real Food Eatery, using only the best ingredients from our market.