This month I'd like to share with you some tips
on staying focused! Many people today, are under too much stress and duress, and it's affecting our mental health and
well-being. The Bible says, " A double minded man, is unstable in all his ways." The mind is delicate, and it
is vital to every aspect of our spiritual, mental, physical, emotional, and psychologolical stability. If you lose the
ability to control your thought process, you become mentally challenged and unhealthy. What good is a perfect body,
and the mind is a vegetable? Here's some things we need to consider:
1.) Be careful of the natural foods you eat!
Watch what you feed your body, foods play a major role in our mental health. Some foods such as caffeine
have a dual purpose, while it may make you more alert, and gives you that burst of energy that you might want, caffeine is
not good for your body and it's addictive. Caffeine is not only in coffee, but soda and other drinks, also
Look at the consumer labels before you buy!
2.) Eat a balanced diet!: Breakfast is the
most important meal of the day, yet many of us, skip breakfast and consume junk and snack foods that don't give us the nutrition
that our bodies and specifically our minds need to function. "You are what you eat!" Fresh fruit, fruit juices,
decaffinated teas, protein cereal, or products that have wheat germ, oat bran, and nuts, will give your mind the nutrition
it needs to get you started for a productive day! Yogurt,and cottage cheese, are a much better substitute, and you can
grab a spoon and eat on the way! Don't forget to start off your day with a glass of water, and continue with a glass
every time you consume a meal or eat a snack. Water is essential to our life force!
3.) Get plenty of rest and meditation!
In the Shalom section, I am going to be talking about The Three R's.
One is rest! Your mind needs to be able to have a time of peace and quiet, it is called meditation. Ecclesiastes
Chapter 3 tells us that "to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." We need
to learn to take, make and have some time for our minds to heal themselves from all the information that it has to process
every mintue of the day.
4.) Watch what you see and hear!: The mind
is a terrible thing to waste. Too many of us, are not careful as to what we allow in our presence, guard your mind!
Don't listen to everything, and you certainly shouldn't listen to everyone! Your mind processes what you see, it can
disturb you to the point that you can't think straight! Your mind keeps a mental photo album, from your physical eyesight
and all that you see is remembered and kept in a special compartment of your mind, and is recalled during certain thought
process, things that you may have forgotten or even refused to acknowledged and tried to hide in the back closet of your mind,
is still affecting how you interact with others and most importantly, what you think and how you fell about yourself.
Someone once said, " Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil!"
FOOD RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A HEALTHY LIFE STYLE:
A.) BEVERAGES: Fruit mixers with a blender, fruit juices
and herbal drinks. Speciality teas (especially green tea) apple cider, high protein drinks with a minimum of sugar,
sweetners or caffeine and all the water you can drink!
B.) Fresh Fruit: Is better for you, and dried fruit
is also good as long as there is not a lot of preservatives in them, be sure to read the consumer labels for processed fruit.
Keep fruit on your kitchen or dining table as a center piece, place a bowl of fruit on your inn tables to snack on.
Include tropical fruits such as mango's, coconut and avocado. Learn what types of fruits would be better for your body's specific
needs, such as banana's are high in potassium, cantalope and sweet melon is another fruit that fills nutitional void.
*If you are diabetic, be sure to check with your doctor as to the intake of various fruits you are
allowed to eat daily.
C.) Produce: Yams, potatoes, most green vegetables such as brocolli,lettuce,collard,
mustard, kale, turnip greens. Small amounts of garlic gloves in your daily diet, are highly recommended for memory retention
and to lower high blood pressure. Red beans and lentils, which are found in the Mediterranean Diet which is
in the Old Testament of The Bible. These are just a few items on the food chain, that will help you to maintain
a healthy lifestyle and a well-balanced mind.
Fresh baked sweets are always better for you than store bought!
Fruit pies, such as blue berry, apple, cherry, and peach cobblers, humm! that my mother and grand mother baked.
The house smelled so good and although it was sweet, it didn't have all the preservatives, chemicals and additives that store
bought food contains. It may be more convenient and easier to buy it at the store, but it's not as healthy, nor does
it taste as good. Get a good cookbook, and try some new recipes, as well as refresh your memory on some past favorites. Keep