It’s true, isn’t it? If mom’s not feeling well…if her pants are too tight, she has a migraine and is sneezing and sniffling her way through the allergy season, how can she take care of her family? If you are struggling to sleep due to the stress your work is putting on you, how can you be attentive to your partner?
Raising children, often single-handedly, while working a full-time job and maintaining a household may lead to exhaustion, stress and anxiety for many women. Eating well, relaxing and sleeping, making time for relationships, play and self-expression are commonly left behind. I know how hard it is, though – it’s easy to say that you are going to sleep more, but that goal may go right out the window at the first cry of a baby or ring of the Blackberry.
Many people are unaware that any and all of the following health problems could be caused by the physical, mental and emotional strains your stress and busy schedule are putting on your body:
- muscle and joint pain
- bladder and urinary tract infections
- bone loss
- candida and yeast infections
- digestive distress
- eating disorders
- immune system disorders
- menstrual problems
- mood swings
- PMS, and many more.
But where should you start? I know that taking charge of your health can sometimes seem overwhelming. Do you want to know my secret starting point?
Start with your food.
Because the effects of our food choices are so subtle, so powerful and so far-reaching, what we eat is a great place to begin to care for ourselves.
The kitchen can become a place of empowerment for women, especially when we cook and eat the food that supports our well-being and clarity of thought.
Need some help? Here are some great resources to get you started:
- Best Self Atlanta’s Head-to-Toe Guide: Women’s Health
- The Kitchen at The 100 Women Project Virtual Spa, your healthy social network created by women, for women
- The Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Recipe Collection
Cheers to a happy and healthy fall!
Sheri Oppenheimer is a health coach at Sweetgrass Spa in Little 5 Points and the Founder of The 100 Women Project, a healthy social network created by women, for women. To schedule a FREE health makeover session with her ($125 value), call (404) 522-3223 or email Sheri at firstname.lastname@example.org.