And Now for Something Completely Different
Opening my google browser I am struck repeatedly by one question: isn’t there anything else going on? And the answer is actually no, there isn’t. The main thing encroaching on everyone’s mind right now is, well, you know. The thing. But today during my morning jog, giving precisely 2 meters berth to all other people, it occurred to me that my curiosity about the world is still alive and well. Here are some of the things I’ve been thinking about while not thinking about that other thing.
Since I have a bit of extra time at home right now, I’ve been revisiting my kitchen with new enthusiasm. There are lots of meals that are complex and creative and time consuming. I haven’t made them for months for that reason. For example this traditional bolognese (nod to my Italian compadres) requires your Italian grandmother to start the process around noon to have it ready for dinner time. It wouldn’t even occur to me to make such a dish at any other time. It’s a small pleasure that I realize I have been missing. There are also other kitchen joys I’ve thoroughly indulged recently, such as making kombucha, fermenting literally everything in my fridge, and brewing natural homemade ginger beer. (Basically I’m drinking pop with impunity).
And speaking of morning jogs, I have been newly encouraged to get serious about home workouts. No fancy equipment required; just the weight of your own body (squats, pushups, sit-ups, planks, lunges) and some common household items, such as stairs (step-ups) and tables (triceps dips). Plus good old-fashion walk-jogging (eg.run for 5 walk for 2, run for 10 walk for 2, etc), or just a brisk walk. I have found the “7-minute workout” quite helpful for some basic guidelines. If you have specific questions or concerns about home workouts, one fantastic resource is a Vancouver clinic called Total Therapy. I used to work there about 8 years ago, and I really love these guys. They are keen, professional, and knowledgeable. Although they, along with all other non-essential health care professionals, are closed, they will be offering Zoom sessions starting this week. A registered Kinesiologiest will guide you safely through a proper work out tailored for you to meet you where you’re at.
And finally how about your mental and emotional landscape? Yes, cooking and exercise go a long way in supporting that, but if you’re like me, you may need a little bit more guidance on that front. Mindfulness meditation, like exercise and nutrition, is the single most important intervention you can undertake. Now more than ever is the time for you to start a practice. When I talk to my patients about this, the biggest concern I hear is not knowing where to start. How do you do it? It seems so mysterious if you’ve never meditated. My favourite online resource for beginners is a teacher from the states named Tara Brach. She is the real deal. Visit her website for dozens of free one hour talks and guided meditations that will help give you a structure for a mindfulness practice which you can grow. Here’s a good place to start. Scroll down for the video.
We're all in this together. (And by together I mean separately in our own homes;) It's a good time to revisit some of our healthy habits and find creative ways to stay healthy over the coming weeks and months.
If you have any questions or want to talk about your own health picture, email me at Acubalance. I've always available for a chat.