The Lodge at Woodloch has a philosophy of Personal Awakening. We aim to share new knowledge, passions and hobbies that guests can enjoy long after their visit. Keeping and maintaining a healthy heart is central to a healthy lifestyle. If your heart doesn’t feel good, you don’t feel good. But maintaining a healthy heart does not come from doing any ONE thing. It takes a holistic approach to keep you heart healthy and happy. Here are a few tips from our team of experts at The Lodge at Woodloch:
Eat your heart out! Tips for healthy eating from Josh Tomson, Executive Chef:
- Eat more healthy fats, such as raw nuts, avocados, olive oil, fish oils and flax seeds.
- Incorporate the Food Rainbow into your menu planning. A variety of colorful fruits and vegetables have a powerful effect on your nutrition. Often times, colors and shapes of foods that look like your heart are good for your heart!
- Sneak in fiber whenever you can. Choose high-fiber cereals, breads, and pasta made from whole grains or legumes.
- Choose your cooking oil wisely! Often times processed oils are rancid and bad for you. Select high quality olive oil and other healthy oils.
- Eat for the season! Nature intended us to eat the vegetables, fruits and grains that are in season AT THAT TIME. The body needs different nutrients during different times of the year. Take full advantage of each season.
Incorporate herbs for a healthy heart. Here are a few favorite herbs selected by Nathaniel Whitmore, Master Herbalist:
- Hawthorn- This common tonic for the heart is a gentle, nutritive remedy used to normalize heart function, reduce the effects of stress, and address cholesterol and circulation. It is best as a decoction.
- Rose- Rose petals benefit the heart and nervous system. Rose hips nourish the vessels. Use either part as “tea”.
- Cherry- Black Cherry is particularly used for arthritic conditions and also, like dark colored fruits in general, has a benefit on the vessels. Can be purchased as concentrate.
- Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)-This is such a primary cardiovascular herb that its scientific name reflects this medicinal use. Its common name reflects its use both for female health and for stress. Motherwort moves blood, reduces tension and stress, and addresses a wide variety of cardiovascular concerns. It is best as a tincture.
- Reishi (Ling Zhi / Ganoderma) Mushrooms- When used as a tonic, it is a highly revered, whole-body remedy used to normalize the heart.
Fitness and Mind/Body Tips from Cindy Wasilewski, Fitness Manager:
- Aim to do at least 30 minutes of active movements per day for 5 days a week. Even 30 minutes of walking each day will make a difference!
- Make fitness fun. Don’t feel like you need to run on a treadmill or jog around the block to get your cardio in. Create fun challenges that involve your family and friends. Create a friendly game of flag football, play recess games that you used to play as a child or create a timed scavenger hunt with a prize at the end.
- Add a Mind/Body element to your fitness routine. Learning about your breathe can be a powerful tool which has profound effects on your stress levels (and heart health). Meditation, yoga and tai chi are great activities to create balance, stress relief and time for reflection.
Let nature nurture. Nature tips from Josh Heath, Outdoor Adventure Manager:
Spend time outside EVERY DAY. Humans have never been so deprived of nature in all of our existence. Nature has healing qualities that can’t be replaced by something in a bottle. Spending quality time outside can decrease stress levels, lower blood pressure, bring balance to your mood and allow you to make better decisions.
Make time for yourself. DIY Spa Treatment from Amanda Clabaugh, Treatments Manager:
- Giving yourself a little ME-time can help decrease stress levels, reduce high blood pressure and bring beauty and calmness into your life. Try this DIY Spa Treatment from items found in your own pantry:
SOOTHING BATH SALTS
- ¼ cup Epsom salts
- ¼ cup coarse sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers
- 1 tablespoon dried chamomile flowers