Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Grateful

I hope you are safe and healthy and managing during this trying time. Chances are someone reading this post has been or will be adversely impacted by the virus. I pray that isn’t the case, but it’s a good reminder that now more than ever is a time to be safe, be kind, and be grateful. 

You probably continue to be bombarded with ways to stay safe. Supplements such as whole-food based vitamin C and zinc can be very helpful, particularly if you are immunocompromised, but good old nutrient-dense foods are a foundational way to boost your immune system now and forever. Vegetables like bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, green beans, romaine lettuce, spinach, and celery are excellent sources of vitamin C.  One or two single pieces or one cup of whole fruit such as strawberries (best in season), papaya, kiwi, grapefruit, oranges, or pineapple will support your daily requirement and can be absorbed easier than most forms of supplementation. 

This is also a perfect time to incorporate probiotic foods into your diet. Sauerkraut or kimchi, which is very spicy, are both great options. You don’t need to eat a lot of it. Think of it as a condiment. Just a large spoonful or 1/4 cup daily will help to maintain or begin to restore your microbiome. Remember, good health begins in the gut!

Getting outside for fresh air and to experience nature is important all of the time, but even more so now. It can be difficult to find a balance between “stay at home” and getting outdoors. As many of you know, all Trustees and Audubon properties have been closed. I am sharing a list of places that myself and friends are enjoying while at the same time adhering to the guidelines of social distancing, which is 6 ft. Enjoy at your own discretion:

Blue Hills, Milton 
D.W. Field Park, Brockton
Wollaston Beach, Quincy
Ames Norwell State Park, Abington
Webb Memorial State Park, Weymouth
Massasoit State Park, East Taunton
Nantasket Beach, Hull – at low tide, beach is very wide
Miles Standish State Forest, Plymouth
Plymouth Long Beach, Plymouth – low tide is best, but good walking road too
Grace Trail Nelson Street Park and Beach, Plymouth
Pond Meadow, Braintree/Weymouth
Wompatuck State Park, Hingham

If you arrive and find these places are too crowded, use your best judgement.  Spending time in our own yards or working on our gardens are great projects too. Staying healthy trumps all!

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