As many of you will have seen, on the 12th May, I’m running a self-care day in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside around Ulverscroft. It’s a day of activities designed to help you relax, recharge and leave feeling cared for and rejuvenated.
One of the things we’ll be doing is creating lunch and snacks throughout the day. These will be healthy, clean and as organic as possible. They’ll also be delicious!
This is important to me because good nutrition is one of the backbones of a whole-body, holistic approach to health and wellbeing.
But what do I mean by ‘Good Nutrition’?
I’s easy to be confused about nutrition with so much conflicting advice being tossed around in every direction. From the news to celebrities to entrepreneurs peddling their diet devices, it’s something everyone seems to have an opinion on.
Well, for me, a healthy diet is a simple concept; keep it fresh, keep it varied and keep it as simple as possible. And that’s it. Eat foods that are close to their natural state and as unprocessed as possible and pack out your meals with mounds of veggies. If in doubt, aim to get as many different colours on your plate as you can.
One easy way to get more fresh foods on your plate is to grow your own. While this may sound daunting, it can be really simple, even in small spaces. To demonstrate this, I’ve recently invested in a compact, outdoor container to grow things like salad leaves and herbs in.
This couldn’t be easier and, by starting simple like this, you’ll end up with constant access to beautiful, fresh, flavourful salads and veg. You’ll have a thriving hub of sumptuous, health giving foods right at your fingertips.
What’s more, by growing your own you’ll benefit from the absolute maximum nutritional value of the foods you’re eating. As food travels from farmers field to supermarket to plate it loses a huge amount of goodness as well as taste. Just imagine the sweet taste of fruit or veg picked straight from your garden or planter and eaten right away.
Garden your way to a happier life
Have you ever watched as a seed turns to a seedling and then to a beautiful, blossoming shrub or plant? If not, I promise you are missing out on one of life’s most relaxing and exciting spectacles.
You see, because growing your own food isn’t just good for our bodies, it’s great for our minds too. Nurturing something, caring for it, then allowing it to provide for you is a great way to boost your sense of well-being and focus the mind.
I would recommend a small herb or veg garden for anyone.
One thing I’ve learned from working with people in pain is that it really is the little things that often make the most difference. When you step outside your back door and are instantly faced with a bed full of blossoming, nutrient dense, easy to grow and prepare fruit and veg you not only benefit from the goodness and flavour but also feel uplifted by the process of growing them.
Not everyone has the time or space to lead the full Good Life, and not everyone wants to. But leading a healthful life is a process of finding balance and, if you can find a little place to grow just a little garden, I promise you, you’ll reap the rewards in more ways than one.