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Natural Awakenings Central Florida / Orlando

Letter from the Publisher September 2020

Sep 03, 2020 02:20PM ● By Margaret Mary Jones

Here we are completing our sixth month of this pandemic. Feelings of nostalgia have occupied many summer thoughts when I often reminisced about the 1980-90s—the times before internet. Those were good ‘ole days when face-to-face participation happened daily. My mood today is that things in Central Florida are improving—slowly, but surely. I have adjusted to accepting that a slower pace of life is necessary. For instance, my multi-tasking routines have diminished. I eat more slowly and mindfully without electronic interference, and I keep a daily checklist that does not need to be completed in a rush.

Sadly, depression is on the rise for all ages—but it does not need to be. I like the tips provided by Dr. Cannizzaro in his article “Don’t Let Depression Derail Your Year” (pp 12-13). Keeping a daily schedule, no matter how simple, is crucial. Even if the tasks are no-brainers such as laundry and grocery shopping, write them on your “To-Do” list. As you complete each one, checking them off provides a sense of accomplishment. Allow yourself wiggle-room to enjoy a spontaneous, unplanned event. Finding fun, new ways for your extra time is rewarding.

Lately, I have been experimenting with different organic seeds, sprouting them in jars. These living foods are expensive store-bought—but when you grow them yourself, they are more
affordable and delicious! My favorites are red clover, green lentils and various radish seeds. All you need to do is rinse and drain them 2-3 times per day, and see how fast they sprout. The nutritional benefits of sprouts are amazing, too.

I have also added an array of spices to my meals. Peppermint, ginger and turmeric teas—either hot or cold—are my favorites. Chilled water infused with fresh basil leaves is a new discovery for me. I also sprinkle cinnamon or black pepper on many meals. You, too, can spice up your health! Check out pp 14-15 for inspiration. The health benefits of spices are endless. Finally, looking forward to our upcoming October edition, I expect our popular calendar pages to resurrect. We have missed sharing special events with you. In the meantime, cherish every day and as always:

Feel Good • Live Simply • Laugh More


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