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Herbalism

Turning toward a healthier lifestyle...our story.

An herbalist uses plants and other natural substances to improve health, promote healing, and prevent and treat illness. Herbal medicine, also called herbalism, botanical medicine, or phytomedicine, has been used for thousands of years.

So, the use of plants and other natural substances is nothing new.  Our ancestors, no matter what part of the world they called home, used the art of herbalism.

Although the advances in medicine have been amazing, we have forgotten the simple remedies of our ancestors. To be fair and honest, if not for modern medicine, I would not be here today and neither would my first born son or any of my children for that matter.  Modern medicine saved us both.

That being said, we have also become a society that relies on modern medicine to give us the quick fix, a pill to cure us.  But the best thing we can do for ourselves and our families is to make some simple and effective changes in our lives.  We have been filling our bodies with processed foods since the first TV Dinners were introduced in the 1950's.  We eat foods full of chemicals.  We eat foods that have been sprayed with pesticides and herbicides and been genetically altered in a bad way.

Herbal medicine aside, here are some things to keep in mind for a healthier life:

  1. The less processed our food is, the better it is for us.
  2. Everything in moderation.  Even "good" food can be bad if too much is eaten.
  3. Get up and get moving.  Our bodies weren't designed to sit in a desk chair or couch all day.
  4. Take care of your body.  It has a finite amount of time, don't waste it.
  5. Raw or unprocessed foods, herbs, and spices can keep our bodies healthy and ward off illness.

There are many "diets" out there for a healthier body.  Find a diet plan that you can live with.  We don't deny ourselves our little indulgences now and again.  We just stick to a healthier diet the majority of the time. Most of our dinners consist of a meat or fish and a vegetable.  We rarely have potatoes or rice.  Although I do love white rice with butter and parsley.  Again, one of those indulgences that I have once in a while.  If I deny myself an indulgence once in a while, I just want that indulgence all the more and will eventually go overboard.  Just use common sense and you'll be amazed at how easy it is.

Happy health,

Lisa

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