Sunday Soul Food- Thankfulness

Happy Sunday!

I hope you are having a peaceful day of rest today. Every Sunday I am going to be talking about Soul Food. This type of nourishment is often overlooked, especially in the health food world, however it is incredibly important to nourish the soul to achieve optimal mind-body-soul health!

Today, I want to talk about choosing to focus on being thankful.

 

Notice, I said CHOOSING. This is 100% a choice. Every single person alive on this planet has something to be thankful for. I know that is a bold statement, but it is true. Everyone who is alive has at least 1 thing in their life to be thankful for. If you’re reading this, chances are you have MANY things to be thankful for! All too often, we get stuck focusing on what we wish we had, what we we wish never happened, what we wish would happen, our hurts, our pains, what someone did or said to us, and all our problems. While these factors in your life may be very real, you still have a choice as to how you view them and whether you focus on the negative or the positive and the things you are thankful for in your life.

TODAY’S CHALLENGE: Make a list of the TOP 10 things you are thankful for that make you happy and feel good when you think about them. Tape that list up somewhere where you will see it every day throughout the week.

 

Now, pay attention to your thoughts. Whenever your mind slips into a negative thought pattern, read your list and really think about those things or people you’re thankful for and how happy they make you. Make the conscious EFFORT to switch your thinking process today. At first it may take extra effort, but eventually it will become a habit. And this is a habit that could truly change your life. When you focus on positive things in your life you start attracting positive things and people into your life.

Gratitude doesn’t just help you feel better, there have actually been studies on this emotion and it has been proven to improve your health!

For instance, in 2007 Robert Emmons, UC Davis psychology professor and author of the book, Thanks! How the Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier, conducted research that asked a group of organ transplant patients to keep what he calls “gratitude journals” while another group simply wrote about the basic details of their day. The group that regularly listed what they were thankful for scored significantly higher on measures of both physical and mental health.

Emmons says similar studies were consistent with these findings. People who focused on what they were thankful for reduced stress and depression, and improved in sleep and exercise. That’s right! People who show gratitude actually spend more time working out. (source)

Being thankful and appreciative for other people also creates stronger and deeper connections with others. When someone feels genuinely appreciated, they tend to want to help you more and support you in anything and everything you are doing in life. That is created just by you being thankful!

Research from 2010 found that gratitude is also important in committed relationships like marriage. 65 couples were studied and researchers discovered that those who were most committed and satisfied corresponded with couples who expressed gratitude towards each other.

When you’re spending all your brain power thinking about how thankful you are and looking at the blessings in your life, you don’t have the time, energy, and brain power to constantly be thinking about the overwhelming negative, even if it’s still there. Imagine that your world was crashing down, and although a part of you was hurting, you didn’t react like the world expects you to…you are actually still thankful and a part of you is still able to be happy because you know you are a part of a bigger plan and you are CHOOSING to be thankful today. That is powerful!

I am thankful for each and every one of you! I am thankful for your desire to learn more about how to live a life free of disease & illness. I am thankful for your passion to help others. I am thankful for your support! Have a wonderful day today! I pray that your eyes may be opened to the blessings and love letters to you from our Creator that are all around today! Take a deep breath, smile, and be thankful :).

xoxo

~Jessica

 “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you.”- Philippians 1:3

Here is one of my favorite worship songs about being thankful. Thought some of you might enjoy it too!

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Feel Good Friday- What’s your gut got to do with it?

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Today is Feeeel Good Friday!

Today’s topic is on the gut-brain axis and what your digestive system has to do with your emotions and mental health. Check out my video and info below…

2 extra tools to heal the gut-brain axis that are worth mentioning is Vitamin D and Essential Fatty Acids.

Vitamin D has been proven time and time again to improve your immune system, decrease inflammation, fight cancer cells, and support all around healing in the body. The sun is the optimal source of Vitamin D. For those who do need supplementation, I only recommend a few sources that are truly safe and effective, so make sure you speak with someone before you purchase one.

Essential Fatty Acids are amazingly effective when it comes to inflammation in the body. These EFA’s are phenomenal healers for both the gut and brain. Deficiency in EFA’s can cause multiple problems including disruption in the gut-brain axis. Great sources are Jeff’s Best Hemp oil (found in my amazon store), Dr. Mercola’s Krill oil for women (also found in my Amazon store), soaked walnuts, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, amd pure flax oil to name a few.

Keeping our gut clean & healthy is proving to be one of the most beneficial things we can do for our overall health. Taking the simple steps to heal our intestinal tract could in itself drastically change health statistics for the better. If we start instilling this information into our kids and making sure they are full of healthy bacteria and are being fed nutrient dense foods, I know we would see amazing changes in our future.

It is heartbreaking to me how many children & teens truly do not have the nutrients to be happy. The rate of depression and suicide in our country is out of control and WE can make a difference. “UCC scientists have shown that brain levels of serotonin, the ‘happy hormone’ are regulated by the amount of bacteria in the gut during early life.” What if instead of serving chocolate and strawberry milk with toaster struddle and deep friend tater tots at schools, we served fresh strawberry kefir with whole food gluten free blueberry muffins and organic fruit? Or grass fed hotdogs with sauerkraut. If we give kids these foods early in life, they will begin to crave them!

As adults, we are grown up to make choices. It is no one elses responsibility to take care of our bodies. WE must choose to nourish our bodies. If someone wants to cultivate illness, then don’t sleep much, drink energy drinks and sugar free sodas, eat Taco Bell, have donuts for breakfast, drink fluoride filled tap water, and never exercise. If you want to cultivate health- give your body the tools it needs to regenerate itself and it will do just that. We are perfectly created and when our bodies have the tools, it knows what to do.

So today, CHOOSE to cultivate health. Cut the sugar & gluten and add some Sunrider foods and probiotic sources to your diet. You will be AMAZED at the difference you feel!!!

Here are some additional resources about the Gut-Brain axis and what you can do to make sure they have a good relationship…

 

Have a great weekend and have fun healing your gut and feeling good!!

xoxo

~Jessica

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