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What Is Nutrition?


Nutrition is defined by Merriam-Webster as the act or process of nourishing or being nourished.   To be nourished means to feed our bodies foods that aid in growth, function and well-being.  When we choose foods that nourish our bodies, we feel more vigor and vibrancy in all areas of our lives.


What Are The Benefits Of Supporting Your Body With Good Nutrition? 


The benefits of eating healthy, organic and whole foods are endless!  Just for starters, you can reduce your risk of heart disease.  Nutritious foods also support optimal brain functioning, including lowering or preventing risk of Alzheimer’s, not to mention keeping your mood in balance.  You’ll also experience a bump in energy levels allowing you to do more of what you love.  Basically, every system in your body functions better when you eat healthy, nutritious foods. 


But There’s So Many Different Plans And Advice About What To Eat – Which Should I Choose?


The myriad of health and nutrition trends is as vast as the deep blue sea these days.  It can be difficult to know which advice to follow and who to trust.  But there are some basic truths to good nutrition that are consistent in all of the health and nutrition books on the market today. 


These basics are a great way to start nourishing your body:


     •  Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day (and add a squeeze or two of lemon)
     •  Eat 5-7 servings of organic vegetables and fruits
     •  Choose lean, organic meats
     •  Add power greens like kale and spinach to salads
     •  Add legumes like black beans, lentils and black-eyed peas


If you can pick one thing to avoid more often than any other food item, it would be sugar.  Refined sugar prematurely ages the body (and wrinkles faces), adds unnecessary stress on the body, affects our ability to focus, and offers no nutritional value.  When it comes to eating nutritionally, the bottom line is this:


Whole, organic raw foods are the absolute best for you when it comes to nutrition.  Adding just 2 to 3 servings of raw colorful vegetables to your daily diet can greatly improve how you look and feel and support optimal functioning of your body, mind and spirit. 


Remember, you should always follow your own inner guidance system and consult your physician before changing or starting a new diet.   


What Can You Do Today To Nourish Your Body?


You don’t have to convert to veganism or ban all desserts from your diet.  Sometimes, we get stuck in not making any changes because we feel it’s all or nothing.  If you can simply choose to focus on eating one healthy meal per day, that is a great start and will trickle into more healthy choices over time.  It’s also important that you savor and enjoy your snacks and meals, including the occasional dessert.  But there’s more to health and nutrition than food alone.  Being healthy and nourishing our bodies is also about how we think about ourselves, how we use our bodies and how we tap into our spiritual source. 


Healthy Foods, Healthy Thoughts And Daily Exercise – A Combination That Trumps All Diets!


Truly nurturing ourselves goes way beyond nutrition.  Nutrition is about feeding our bodies nourishing foods that support all systems.  We also have to feed our minds with nurturing thoughts, feed our hearts with loving thoughts and feed our spirits by connecting to our deeper selves.  


In Loving Yourself to Great Health, Louise Hay, Ahlea Khadro and Heather Dane explain the correlation between how we feel about ourselves and what we put into our bodies:  Loving Yourself Is about Taking Care of Yourself.  When you love yourself, you take care of your own needs. 


When we feel good inside, we naturally want to eat healthy foods.  We also tend to pay less attention to the outside because we feel so beautiful when we nurture, love and support our insides.


Pay attention to your thoughts about your body and your health.  If you notice several negative thoughts, try Louise Hay’s affirmation below. Say this affirmation every day in front of a mirror and connect the words with your emotions. 

I love you dearly, body. I love every inch of you.
I have a happy, slender body.
It is my joy to love you to perfect health.
I love my beautiful shape.
The more I love my body, the healthier I feel.
My body is such a good friend; we have a great life together.
I love and appreciate my beautiful body just the way it is.
I rejoice that I have chosen this particular body because it is perfect for me.
I create my own security. I love and approve of myself.
It is safe to be me. I am wonderful just as I am. I choose joy and self-acceptance.


Nourish your body, nourish your mind and nourish your heart to feel vibrantly healthy from the inside out!


Get Moving To Nourish Your Body, Mind And Spirit


It’s imperative to use those muscles you’ve been given, but you don’t have to sign up for a marathon or work out at the gym for an hour a day.  In fact, if you can commit to a 20-minute brisk walk or 15-minute yoga stretch, over a short period of time, you’ll begin to feel a surge of energy that is equivalent to an hour work-out.  Choose something you enjoy doing already, like hiking or riding a bike.  Remember, it’s about moving and getting fresh air – it’s about feeling good.


Exercising your body is important, but equally important in nourishing yourself is exercising your mind.  We know you’ve heard it before, but meditation is the key to getting in tune with your higher self.  Spending only 5 minutes sitting quietly can have enormous positive effects on the body, mind and spirit.  So sit down, breathe deeply and relax for 5 minutes a day – this one practice will help you feel better and feeling better leads to taking better care of yourself.


Additional Resources


Loving Yourself to Great Health by Louise Hay, Ahlea Khadro and Heather Dane
This is a great book to nourish your body, heart, mind and spirit.  This special book was created by Louise and her two health and wellness consultants, Ahlea and Heather.  You’ll find delicious recipes, empowering meditations and loving affirmations to help you nurture all parts of you.


The PlantPlus Diet Solution by Joan Borysenko. Ph.D.
Dr. Joan Borysenko helps us understand that we must listen to our bodies and feed our bodies well in order to function healthfully and vibrantly.  The PlantPlus Diet Solution is a scientific, metabolically personalized, whole-foods approach to health — that offers an empowering solution for healing, healthier eating and feeling your best.


Make Your Own Rules Diet by Tara Stiles
Your cushion, your mat and your kitchen - Tara Stiles, owner of STRALA, introduces you to the most knowledgeable expert on your health: YOU. She throws out the accepted “rules” and helps you tune in to yourself, so you can figure out what truly makes you feel good.  The moment you make this shift is the moment you take back your power and begin to make choices that actually support you. 


The Earth Diet by Liana Werner-Gray
The Earth Diet is for people with sensitivities to foods or who are struggling with a health issue resulting from foods or unhealthy habits.  You'll find more than 100 gluten-free, nutrient-dense recipes that provide proper nutrition, tips for shifting out of toxic habits, and lifestyle recipes for household and personal-care products to help you heal in all areas of your life. The Earth Diet is inclusive, with recipes for every person, ranging from raw vegans to meat eaters.


The Real Food Revolution by US Congressman, Tim Ryan
This book will change the way you look at food, politics and the future of America.  Packed with doable action steps anyone can take to make a change in our broken food system, U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan bravely confronts the problems we currently face, the solutions that lay in waiting for us to act upon and concrete resources to help us eat and feel better right now.



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