A Little Food for Thought to Improve our Nutrition

glowimages fruit collageEven though the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics focuses its National Nutrition Month campaign “on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits,” most of us already know what to eat and what not to eat to maintain a healthy body.

“What is less well known is how your thoughts influence your physical, emotional, and even spiritual health,” states an article, Healthy Thinking: Using your Mind to Help Heal Body, Heart, and Soul, by Sarah Marie.  And the Mayo Clinic backs that statement up by stating in an article, “Positive thinking: Reduce stress by eliminating negative self-talk, “your attitude toward yourself, and whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic — may even affect your health.”

So, why don’t we celebrate National Nutrition month – March – together.  Let’s do it a little differently!  Let’s not think only about the wise choices we should make about what we eat, but what the proper nutrition might be for what we think and what we say.

“The mind-body connection is by now well known and documented throughout the scientific literature. You can eat all the right foods, do all the right exercises, take all the best supplements, and have a wonderful mix of alternative and conventional medical care.”  Yet, if you are prone to unhealthy thoughts, “how can you be truly healthy?” Marie asks in her article.

When we watch what we take in mentally and watch what comes out of our mouth, in other words, think and speak in a healthy way, our body responds in a healthy way.

How do we do this?  First, watch what you think and be mindful of the words you speak. “Stand porter at the door of thought.  Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously.” states Mary Baker Eddy.  She came to understand this after investigating the role of thought and prayer on health throughout her adult life.

An example of unhealthy thinking that impacts our health significantly is stress, anxiety, and insecurity.  What causes these unhealthy thoughts?  —fear of not being good enough or of making a mistake; bitterness towards a family member, friend or business associate; worry about job or money; doubt that something good will happen; or discouragement of any kind. A stress-free thought has a better chance of recognizing good and positive things going on in daily activities right now.

“There is no practice more important or more impactful in breaking free from [unhealthy] thoughts… than the practice of meditation.” the Healthy Thinking article says. Prayer, like meditation, helps us to be calm, think quietly through a problem, wait patiently for an answer and continue to maintain our sense of peace.

“Let patience have her perfect work.” James in the Bible admonishes. Don’t ignore tough situations but, “Approach the unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way.”  When we are patient with ourselves and peaceful in our demeanor, the work ahead of us can come about more easily and calmly.

Learning to nourish our bodies properly means we should not only eat wisely but think and speak wisely too.  This is priceless to insure a healthy mind and a healthy body.  Let’s do it together!

Kate is interested in blogging about health, spirituality, Christian Science, science, the importance of prayer and religion.  She is a Christian Science practitioner and the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland.  She and her husband enjoy hiking, especially with Callie, a Blue Heeler, and riding motorcycles.