OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Health and wellness is now (and has always been) our passion for ourselves and for our clients/patients. Unless we care for the physical and the spiritual body, we will be of little use to the Kingdom.
Wellness leads to stamina – stamina allows us to finish the race – to “go the distance” -- to be “ready” when called. Our commitment to wellness must be factored into our daily activities. This requires self-discipline fostered by a belief that we are indwelt with the Holy Spirit and with a purpose [our body is the temple].
Wellness & fitness are attained by a balance of both work and rest.
The passion for self-care shouldn’t necessarily always require the use of wellness centers and spas – but, truth be told, there will be times when forced to choose which road we will take – that we discover it’s time to “step away” and allow professionals to help “jump start” our path to wellness.
Depending on individual needs and budgets, there are facilities which specifically cater to physical & mental rejuvenation. That is called “wellness travel” – and we will work to match each individual with the best facilities for meeting their personal needs.
Wellness travel should connect us with nature; teach us new paths for self-care; build our strength and endurance; provide healthful nutrition options; assist with weight loss or specific health problems, when needed and supply ample opportunities for prayer, meditation, rest and rejuvenation.
However, essentially all travel and vacations (crucial to our wellbeing) can and should be planned to incorporate daily wellness practices.
Gifts From Above Travel exists to help our clients meet these wellness goals.
HERE ARE SOME IDEAS -
1) MAKE A HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE FOLLOWED BY A RESTFUL "WELLNESS" STAY AT A DEAD SEA SPA.
2) TAKE A RIVER CRUISE - don't know where to start? We suggest the Danube or Rhine with a variety of built in wellness and fitness options [including yoga, morning stretches, biking, hiking, kayaking -- or just lounging in the upper deck's pool or hot tub as you sail past castles, vineyards and fabulous scenery.
3) Consider our LANDS OF THE BIBLE CRUISE TOURS -- the opportunity to visit the best sites on 3 continents while relaxing and sailing the Mediterranean on the Celestyal Experience -- home to one of the largest and most luxurious spas on any ship in Europe.
4) Let us help you select the perfect spa hotel....in the perfect location for you interests...for you alone or for your group. We will handle all the planning -- you will enjoy and rejuvenate.
"The greatest medicine of all is teaching people how not to need it" - Hippocrates
WHAT HAS THE COVID PANDEMIC TAUGHT US ABOUT HEALTH?
Hopefully, we learned how important “wellness” and prevention are. RESISTANCE TO DISEASE IS
CRUCIAL. Long gone is the attitude that it’s okay to be lazy or lackadaisical about beginning and sticking to
a ‘health & wellness’ program. A wellness vacation can help to “jump start” the process. Our diet – our
weight -- our exercise – our sleep patterns – basic sanitary regimens and even the fluids we drink – are all
factors under our control and every one of them contribute to our overall wellness. We also learned that even
those factors considered ‘out of our control’ – such as our age and genetics are profoundly affected by the
variables under our control. [There was much talk about the “risks of being 65 or older” – but not everyone
aged 65 or older experiences the same risks.] Age, for those who are fit, proved to be nothing more than a
Knowing all that – WHICH ESSENTIALS SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED TO ENSURE WE ACHIEVE
OUR OPTIMAL LEVEL OF HEALTH THIS YEAR?
Here’s a few tips to get you on the right track:
Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.
"Just as food causes chronic disease, it can be the most powerful cure." - Hippocrates
"Positive health requires a knowledge of man's primary constitution and of the powers of various foods, both those natural to them and those resulting from human skill. But eating alone is not enough for health. There must also be exercise, of which the effects must likewise be known. The combination of these two things makes regimen, when proper attention is given to the season of the year, the changes of the wind, the age of the individual, and the situation of his home. If there is any deficiency in food or exercise, the body will fall sick." - Hippocrates
1) DIET MATTERS - Focus on EATING FOR COLOR!
When it comes to good nutrition -- it’s that simple. The most significant phytonutrients are
found in deep and brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Try to take in the full color spectrum
daily – fill your plate ¾ full of veggies -- purples, reds, deep greens, oranges, vibrant yellows – they
all pack a punch for great nutrition. Variety is essential; enjoy them all and make it a habit to try
Soups – especially those with the veggies cooked in the broth – are a powerhouse of great
nutrition and are proven to reduce the daily overall consumption of calories – something
important for many of us.
WHAT NUTRIENTS SHOULD WE FOCUS ON IN PARTICULAR IF WE WANT TO
SUPERCHARGE OUR IMMUNE SYSTEMS? Vitamin C; Vitamin D; Vitamin E; Zinc;
Carotenoids and, of course, Omega-3 Fatty Acids. But if we eat for color and include some
oily fish (tuna, mackerel, salmon, sardines, herring and trout) then we are sure to get all of
2) OUR WEIGHT MATTERS
While it may be in vogue to promote acceptance of every body shape and weight – the fact remains
that those who carry extra weight are MUCH
more susceptible to diabetes, heart disease and a multitude of other health-related problems
– and ALL of these lead to higher risk factors when talking COVID or anything else that
compromises the integrity of our immune systems. If you didn’t get serious about cutting
back and shedding extra pounds before, now the time to start. Make a sensible approach to
weight control a priority.
3) EXERCISE MATTERS – IT BUILDS STRENGTH & ENDURANCE
Our bodies are designed to move, and our muscles exist to be used. Perhaps you can’t run,
walk, use the elliptical or treadmill as much as you know you should – but at the very least – you can
stop sitting so much. If you’re only able to walk for two minutes – THEN DO IT – because if
you do, then there’s a very good chance that tomorrow you’ll be able to walk for four
minutes. When it comes to exercise, it’s all about starting where you are and building up by
4) GOOD POSTURE MATTERS
Standing straight and sitting up requires maximum use of
muscles. It strengthens the body and burns more calories. The first step is awareness!
Think about your posture as you sit, stand, or lie down. If sitting, sit up straight, tighten the
abdominals and keep both feet on the floor or a footrest. Never cross your legs – that
damages the veins leading to varicose. While standing, slightly bend the knees and pull
your shoulders back. Slouching and bowing of the spine is never good. And when lying
down – DO NOT SLEEP ON YOUR STOMACH. That destroys posture and interferes
with nerve flow – so essential to optimal health.
5) SOUND SLEEP MATTERS - GET ENOUGH REST
In our crazy, upside down world things keep changing faster than any of us can possibly
keep up. But it’s not natural to push…push…push and never take a break. Did you know the
body’s primary time for healing is when we sleep? Ignoring the importance of “down time” deprives
us of desperately needed time to heal and recharge. Turn off the late-night television and get the
sleep you need.
6) CLEANLINESS MATTERS
WASH YOUR HANDS and keep your body clean. But don’t
go crazy overboard with sanitizers though. Trying to completely avoid all ‘germs’ can be
equally dangerous as taking unnecessary risks.
7) YOUR FLUID INTAKE MATTERS
DRINK ENOUGH – but STOP the excessive alcohol and extra calories in drinks loaded with sugar.
Soda adds empty calories and robs you of health benefits. Switch to water and unsweetened tea;
there’s a whole world of beneficial nutrients packed in tea – herbal, green, black and white. They’re
all superior to any kind of soda – both diet and regular. They all interfere with our potential to take
in optimal nutrition. In a nutshell – here’s how it works: Depending on our activity level -- each of us
can only burn so many calories per day… and those calories not burned end up as extra
pounds. For example – let’s say you drink only one 12 ounce soda per day. For most soda
brands that equals 180 calories. That one soda, taken daily, without any other changes in
diet can RESULT IN NEARLY A 20 POUND WEIGHT GAIN every year. That doesn’t
always happen because, often, the soda then replaces other food. That too is BAD because
then we end up eating less of the good stuff. It’s a lose, lose situation no matter how you
look at it.
8) YOUR GUT HEALTH MATTERS
If you don’t know the benefits of probiotics and prebiotics by now – take the time to learn – and
take them seriously – without question they determine the body’s first line of defense when fighting
off those disease-causing pathogens which enter by the oral route.
9) Focus on an ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET
That’s nearly the same as the popular Mediterranean diet. Lots of veggies, nuts, fish, Olive Oil,
mushrooms [think adaptogens]. Concentrate on whole grains and rely more on beans, peas, and
other legumes for protein
instead of the huge portions of fatty steak and burgers. Beneficial supplements include
Turmeric and Boswellia.
10) TAKE A WELLNESS VACATION
Take time to focus on health and rejuvenation. Book a vacation to a desirable place which
offers the opportunity to connect with nature. Take time to pray, meditate and reflect. Don’t
just lie on a beach – walk, hike, do whatever – but definitely move your body. Eat a healthy
diet – make good food choices part of the experience. Need help planning a life-changing and
restful vacation? We’d be glad to help.
Many of our favorite suppliers focus on wellness travel and have great itineraries just
waiting to be booked. Travel will resume and ‘anticipating’ the next adventure is half the
fun. Email us for a personalized or customized group or individual consult. There’s a whole world
of healthy options just waiting for you.
PRESENTED BY GIFTS FROM ABOVE TRAVEL
Roberta Klein, CTA, ECC, RD, MS, LDN, DC
(certified travel advisor, elite cruise counselor, registered dietitian, licensed nutritionist & licensed chiropractor)
"Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food." - Hippocrates
"The wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings. Let food be your medicine." - Hippocrates
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