Nourishing Life: what is a nourishing life?
Food nourishes. I believe food has a greater impact on our body, our mind, our spirit and our earth than any of us can imagine. I believe that food promotes good health or promotes disease – and that these foods are different for everyone. We are all physiologically unique. And it is up to us to figure out what foods work best for us.
Food matters. No doubt about it. But there is so much more to life than food.
What does it really mean to live a nourishing life?
Let’s look at the definition of nourish, shall we?
–verb (used with object)
to sustain with food or nutriment; supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth.
to cherish, foster, keep alive, etc.: He had long nourished the dream of living abroad.
to strengthen, build up, or promote: to nourish discontent among the workers; to nourish the arts in one’s community.
If nourish means to sustain with food; supply what is necessary for life, health and growth; cherish, foster, keep alive; and to strengthen, build up or promote – then the nourishing life must involve more than food. The nourishing life is about cherishing, fostering and keeping our dreams alive. The nourishing life strengthens us.
Purchasing, preparing and enjoying nutritious food is a part of being nourished. A big part I’d say. It’s hard to be and feel nourished when we feel tired and sick after we eat. But there are other things besides food that provides us with nourishment. Things like laughing with loved ones, seeing flowers bloom in the springtime, or breathing fresh air during a walk in nature. These things, and many more, nourish us as well.
Listening to my body and my spirit has allowed me to learn what nourishes me. Moving my body nourishes me – even when I don’t want to. A regular yoga practice nourishes me. Honoring my body by treating it to non-toxic beauty products nourishes me.
There are also experiences beyond our physical body that nourish us as well. Reading. Learning something new. Engaging in a hobby we enjoy. Journaling. Sharing a laugh with a true friend.
Laughing, loving and living well – all essential to living a nourishing life. Because its not just what we eat, how we eat matters too.
As we embark on this journey of discovering and sharing our thoughts about living a nourishing life, I want start by asking you a few questions and hearing what sort of topics you want to talk about. What’s on your mind?
So let’s get started!
Leave me a comment below on your thoughts about the following questions:
- What nourishes you?
- What aspects of the nourishing life are you looking forward to reading about in this column?
- What parts of a nourishing life do you want to learn more about?