The journey towards a healthy heart impacts more than the pump that moves the blood through our veins. Our hearts also manage all the feelings and intuition that make us connect with other hearts. A healthy heart helps us find our way through otherwise impossible challenges by connecting to the voice inside.
We hear wise advice such as “follow your heart” or “take heart” because the heart is a compass or a guiding force. What does it mean when we say “my heart went out to him (or her)?” The heart is where you find the highest energy as opposed to the physical body that is driven by forces of survival, lust, greed, power or fear.
When we choose healthier foods we consciously choose a better way of living, following the intuitive part of our being, the heart, and putting healthy spirituality in the driver’s seat. When we take good care of our hearts it affects all three dimensions: our physical health our mental/emotional health and our spiritual connection.
3DHealth, or health in body, mind and spirit, stems from a healthy diet, healthy daily exercise and healthy connection with others, your self and the universe. When you reach for the healthiest possible diet while allowing others to make their own choices at your dinner table, you promote health and well-being for everyone in your home.
Our Healthy Meal Plan is broken down into seven projects that we suggest you complete over a seven week period. These are permanent changes that are made to your kitchen, your shopping lists and your meals for the week. Each project is supported by a cookbook and several cooking videos that you can watch with your family to help get everyone in the household on board with the new lifestyle changes.
Start by making simple dietary changes that will reduce the cholesterol that causes strain on the heart. The benefits of these changes are many. An increased energy level may be the most exciting benefit that will also jump start your weight loss. Losing excess weight also reduces the strain on your heart due to the fact that for every pound of fat there is an additional mile added to the journey that your blood has to make before getting back to the heart.
Changes like these may be difficult as it “disrupts” the old habits and traditions that may not be serving us well in terms of our health and well-being. To make this transition a little smoother, to offer comfort during the process and to ensure long-term, lasting change we provide what we call “Saturday Specials” or for kids we call it “Saturday Sweets.” This creates a new habit to make room for the old traditions as long as they are pushed off to Saturday. We follow this with “Simple Sunday”, a menu plan that is very light and easy on the digestive system; soup, salad, fruit salad, or a vegetable platter. An advanced version of “Simple Sunday” might be a juice fast for the entire 24 hour period to allow the digestive system time to rest.
You may find that you need help with these drastic changes. We offer Wellness Certification by email, skype, text for moral support, answer questions and help you find the items you will need to make this exciting transition. Our hope is to hold hands with you as you continue your journey towards a healthy heart by providing exciting education and motivation that produces an entire generation with healthy hearts who understand the impact their habits have on their bodies, their minds and their spirits. We believe in 3D Health. That means health in all three dimensions: body, mind and spirit.
If you have any questions feel free to email us: tfoster@MyWholeFoodsKitchen.com.