The Healthy Mind

With Dr. Olga Filippa Nel, Clinical Psychologist

Many of us were brought up being told that “you are what you eat”. Scientific research is providing us with increasing proof that our moms were right, what we put into our body affects us in countless ways.

But it is not just what we eat that affects our overall wellbeing but what we consume. We are whole beings, made up of mind, body and spirit. As such, everything that we allow to enter our body, in any way, has an effect, be it positive or negative.

We consume three kinds of “foods”. Those that feed our body, those that nourish our mind, and those that sustain our spirit.  Take a moment to consider your daily consumption in those three areas.

Our diet is vital. The nutritional content of what we eat determines our composition, from cell membranes to bones, nerves, hormones, organs, skin and hair, even our genes can be affected. By adhering to a healthy diet, made up of wholesome, unprocessed foods, rich in vitamins and nutrients, we can reap great rewards. Be aware of any food sensitivities you may have and eliminate those products from your diet, reduce sugar, caffeine and alcohol intakes. We are unique individuals, so find what works best for you.

Brain food is what we watch, read and listen to, which fuels our thinking. The quality of our life depends on the quality of our thoughts and the quality of our thoughts is determined by the content we consume. Robin Sharma, author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, says that “mind management is the essence of life management”, as thoughts have the power to make us or break us and to drastically improve our life. So, be conscious of your media exposure, as it has a profound effect on our wellness.

Our spirit is primarily fuelled by relationships. Not just inter-personal ones but also those with ourselves. Surround yourself with those who inspire you to be all that you can be, love and respect everyone, practice gratitude and kindness. Avoid those who bring you down, drain you and fuel the negative self-talk in your mind. Be gentle with yourself.

Be mindful of what you consume and make changes where needed, then watch your overall wellbeing grow.

Live mindfully and blossom!

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