Nutrition: the act or process of nourishing or being nourished.
Nourish: to sustain with food; supply with what is necessary for life, health and growth. To strengthen, build up or promote.
Diet: food and drink considered in terms of its qualities, composition, and its effects on health.
No three words have been more confusing. And that being said, what exactly is food these days? Food is defined as “any nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy, promote growth, etc.” That should clear things up, right? Well, not exactly. Thanks to Capitalism and modern day marketing, we are fed a load of lies about food choices,to the point of absolute confusion. But what is clear is that not all food is created equal.
If we turn back time by several decades we can begin to see how much things have changed around food. As Michael Pollan says, “don’t eat anything your great-great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”
Eating healthful takes mindfulness and some time. BUT, that doesn’t mean that you have to spend hours cooking every day. Nonetheless, something as important as “nourishing our bodies, strengthening, building up, and promoting health and growth” does deserve some of our time and attention, right?
How many fruits and vegetables did you eat today? The more, the better. Aim for 7-10 servings. Think blueberries on your oatmeal, or spinach in your omelette. Try reaching for some nuts when you get that hunger pang and know your next meal isn’t happening until you get home from carpool. The more you can plan some meals and prep ahead of time, the better! Minimize the less healthy options within your reach, and at the very least, hide them! Healthy options that are right up front are more likely to go into your mouth than the less healthy go-tos that are stashed at the back of the pantry.
And let’s face it, the goal is to eat for health and energy, so beating yourself up for eating chips and salsa, or having that bowl of ice cream is no healthier and depletes life energy just the same. It’s not about depriving yourself of a treat, but rather supporting healthy habits that help you live an optimal life!
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To learn about the other of The 4 Seeds of Self-Care and how they are connected, click on each of the images below.