Have you ever run away from home? I’m not talking about when you were a child, but as an adult. Thrown a few things in a bag and started walking or driving for who-knows-where? Have you ever just needed a day to yourself: a mental health day? Last week, our family was there. We were in ‘that’ place and needed some healing time as a family and so, we ran away.
On Friday, we pulled our kids out of school and the four of us ran away for the day. We left laptops, iPods, television, and work behind, piled in the car with a picnic lunch, and drove north to Algonquin Park. What could be more healing than the beautiful colours of fall in Muskoka? Surrounded by all the colours on the colour wheel, our family spent hours taking it all in, hiking and exploring through brilliant oranges, vibrant reds, and glowing yellows. It was hard to admit that we eventually had to leave it all and return home.
In the same way the colours of fall can be healing for the soul, food can be for the body. Eating a variety of colourful fruits and vegetables provides us with optimal health benefits, and eating plenty of them can help prevent heart disease, protect us from some types of cancer, help maintain blood pressure, and even protect us against macular degeneration. Each of the different coloured fruits and vegetables provide unique vitamins and nutrients that our bodies require, therefore eating a variety of them is essential.
So at this time of year, don’t just look for the colours in the trees. Look for them in the grocery store as well. Add colour and life to your grocery cart and you will be happier and healthier for it.