Does what we eat and think really affect our health?

I am listening to a series on autoimmune issues, but this particular episode is on depression. A woman is sharing how we should write down the thing’s about our day to let go of the thoughts and problems so our mind can relax and sleep. Since writing becomes too painful for me, I will type.

Today started a bit slower than yesterday. I slept in a bit longer than I wanted too, but I guess my body needed the extra rest after the workout I did yesterday. I am a bit shocked that I am not having as much pain, as usual, especially considering how hard I worked out yesterday. The most significant change that I think is helping my pain levels is not eating sugar, dairy, and wheat. I am testing out these suggestions from all of the experts on this Immune Docuseries to see if I will feel any better, I think after just one day of cutting these items out of my diet I am shocked at how much better my joints feel. I pushed myself at the gym yesterday. Usually, when I do that the next day, I can barely get out of bed. My lower back pain is what will wake me up, my knees and elbows feel like they are riping, not today! I have added some Chinese herbs for joint pain and am taking other herbs, but even so, I was only getting minimal relief with just the herbs. Adding the food restrictions pushed me over the line to feeling much better.

I also learned from this docuseries how inflammation seems connected to so many diseases. The research is showing that chronic inflammation is linked to depression, ADD, heart disease, cancer, fatigue, chronic pain, brain fog, anxiety, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and more. They talked about how almost 40% of the population may be infected with Lyme disease. Lyme disease can manifest in 150 ways! It is so difficult to diagnose.

Lifestyle choices, the type of people we are around if we have connections to community it will affect our health, not just mental health but also physical health. Surrounding ourselves with positive people, being part of a group of like-minded people, taking classes, using brain games, cutting out sugar, wheat, dairy, eggs, and processed foods all can heal our brain and body.

So, for me to stay positive, I choose to continue to surround myself with others from the community of Chabad. You may choose to go to a meetup group, take up painting or something else. I also want to exercise daily, either at home or at the gym. Sweating is vital for unclogging anything toxic in the body, and it’s great for depression and anxiety. Getting out in nature for 30 minutes a day, even if it’s just sitting in a yard or at the park, is so important. We need to connect to nature daily. If you have ever had the opportunity to go to a botanical garden or a woodsy area, you may have noticed how much cleaner the air is, how much better you felt after spending the time there as well.

I am big on prayer and am currently doing a 40-day challenge, several. One of the challenges is doing something called Hitbodedut for 30 minutes. You start by thanking Gd for everything you have, from fingernails, eyelashes, clean water, etc. Then you pray for others, family, your business, the nation, anyone other than yourself. The last portion of time is when you pour out your heart to Gd as you would when you talk to your best friend. Say what’s troubling you, what you are struggling with, what your needs are, etc. It needs to be done knowing that everything you ask for will be heard and you have to be willing to accept the answers no matter what. It is knowing that Gd has only your best interest at heart. We may not be able to see that or comprehend it now, but someday maybe we will. Sometimes if I have trouble concentrating I will take some Frankincense oil, put it on my temples and run my fingers across my forehead from one temple to the other. Using Frankincense in this way helps the brain’s lymphatic system to drain and allows for more concentration and clarity.

I believe that when the day comes to an end, journaling what you did throughout the day, what you would like to do better, what you wish you hadn’t done, is going to help relieve stress and probably let you see just how much you are doing. Giving ourselves credit for the little things is so vital to our wellbeing. Maybe all you did was brush your teeth, great! Tomorrow perhaps you will do one more thing? All we can do is try to do better today than we did yesterday, and try to do better tomorrow than we did today. If there are days when we feel we are going backward instead of forwards, be gentle to yourself, you might need the extra rest.

That’s all I have for tonight. I need the extra rest. Today did not turn out as I planned at all, but that is ok. At least I got myself and my daughter out of the house for a few hours, worked on some projects for several hours, resisted all the food’s I am trying to remove from my diet, prayed, and wrote a little to try and encourage anyone who may stumble across this. It was a good day, tomorrow I will try to do better, and I hope you will too!

Layla Tov!

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