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Beginning the Journey to Healing – 2

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This is the continued article from the previous day about what we hope is the beginning of our journey to healing. When we began this journey we knew that diet would be an important part of the journey. We thank you for taking the Journey with us and hope that it helps to feed and enrich your lives and indeed your overall health. The turning point of our journey began a long time ago and encompasses many people as each individual contributed their own knowledge and wisdom from chefs to dietitians and medical professionals. Western medicine presents many barriers to a true and total healing. Western medicine focuses highly on managing symptoms and the medicines that the pharmaceutical industry profits profoundly from. We do not consider hormones a medicines and thus our journey to healing has begun with zero medicines. Our journey took a significant turn when we walked into a holistic pharmacy (namely, Peoples Pharmacy of Norfolk, VA who are able to help you wherever you are located) or some vitamins. We believe that these holistic doctors were able to put us on the path to health in under a month and to diagnose the issue immediately. Some of us struggled with similar issues for years and others even longer.

All of my symptoms have begun to mitigate after we address what we believe is the root of the problem. It is only about a month in on this leg of our journey but we have already begun to see the difference. In another 2 months we are told the results will be better. Stay tuned and we will keep you updated on our journey. We take vitamins, minerals, spices, foods and oils combined with a strategic diet with foods that have medicinal benefits. We pray that these articles are transformative for you. Thank you for taking this journey with us. How do you wish you could improve your health? How has your health hindered you? How has your health changed your life? How have these articles helped you? How can they help your friends and family? Post your comments below. Share the wealth of health with your family and friends by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Beginning the Journey to Healing

Diet & Health Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

Most people will tell you that at the center of good health is diet and exercise. And we would agree. Our journey however has lead us to look at health as the third pillar of over good health. While one may exercise and have an excellent diet, these do have a profound on your over all health. But health in itself can be a little more complicated than just exercise and diet. In fact many people in excellent health have reported contracting COVID 19. While COVID 19 did hit communities with preexisting conditions hardest, this does not mean that people without under lying conditions were not also hit. Indeed they want you to know that COVID 19 has impacted us all: old, young, sick and healthy.

Perhaps this was what was so confusing to us. While we were all in pretty good health, we still struggled with health conditions that impacted our health. Chef Ponder really challenged me not to accept diagnoses. One of the most impressive things about Chef Ponder is that he is not only a great cook but an excellent student of food and human begins. He talked alot about how things in our environment can impact our health. Things like temperature and available foods can impact our health. For instance, if one’s relatives are from a warm climate and they then move to a cold climate, they will eat different foods because they eat what is available. This difference in diet can impact one’s health. While one maybe eating “healthy”, the food may not be proper given the history of your family. In other words it can have an impact on your body and thus health.

Chef Ponder along with many others along this Journey have helped us to begin what we hope is a path to our healing. Read the next article to learn more. What health concerns do you have? Have you found your path to healing? How long did it take you? Who helped you?

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Cooking Healthy Fast

Cooking Healthy Fast
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Do you have any healthy quick meals you eat? Do you consider how what you eat can benefit your life style and health? Did you know combining certain foods with your exercise routine can enhance your exercise and the impact of exercise on your over all health and fitness? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Exercise & Health

Exercise and Health
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We have heard it before, exercise improves health. What are three ways introducing exercise will improve your health for today and tomorrow? I learned a lot. What did you learn? What are three ways you can begin to introduce exercise into your diet? Share your comments with the community by positing them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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Food & Health

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What did you learn from this Health Survey? What did you learn about your health and the food choices you make? How do the food choices you make impact your health? Do you think their is bias in the survey? Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Work Out!

Diet & Health Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

Within our articles we focus tremendously on health and how your diet contributes to health. As many of us know Luther Vandeross struggled for many years with his weight. You will find that many healthy people are very lean and fit, similar to Barack Obama’s build. It wasn’t until Luther began to incorporate exercise with diet that he began to not only lose weight, but he kept it off and felt great about it. While we are not here to necessarily help anyone lose weight, we do hope that a proper diet will promote your good health. Furthermore, we believe you’re your overall health is enhanced when you incorporate regular exercise in your regular habits.

So, we thought we would be remiss not to mention exercise here within our articles. We went over to Mayo Clinic for further clarity on the matter. According to May Clinic, “exercise means being more physically active. Although people appropriately focus on diet when they’re trying to lose weight, being active also is an essential component of a weight-loss program. When you’re active, your body uses energy (calories) to move, helping to burn the calories you take in with food you eat.”

As we look at the calories we take in via food, by looking at our food labels, we can see how this has a direct coloration on our weight. When my aunt discovered that she was getting close to becoming a diabetic, she looked seriously at both her diet and her exercise, or lack thereof, routine and made some changes. Her doctors made many recommendations. When it came to exercise, she had to begin slowly and where she was at. She essentially went from the exercise she got during her daily house chore routine to making it a little more invigorating. Regardless of where you are, you can begin to introduce exercise into your regular routine and your overall health strategy.

1. Exercise controls weight

2. Exercise combats health conditions and diseases

Regular exercise helps prevent or manage many health problems and concerns, including:

  • Stroke
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Many types of cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Falls

It can also help improve cognitive function and helps lower the risk of death from all causes.

3. Exercise improves mood

4. Exercise boosts energy

5. Exercise promotes better sleep

Click here to learn more about the benefits of exercise on your health and fitness from the Mayo Clinic. Take a few minutes to assess your current exercise routine. Do you feel you get enough exercise? How can you begin to introduce exercise into your daily routine? How can you work with professionals at your local fitness center or gym to develop a strategic exercise plan to address any health concerns you may have? Identify 1 -3 health concerns you have and post a comment. Share your comments with the community by positing them below. We will get back to you on some suggestions on how to help you get started. As always we recommend you work with a professional in your identified areas of concern and share with the community. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Stay healthy!

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