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Fueling and Nourishing

“Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels.”
- Unknown

So much of our life is influenced by what and how we eat and drink.  For example, energy, mood, weight, lifespan, and overall health are all impacted by what food and drinks you consume.

Why Our Nutrition Matters

Truly, we are what we eat. The molecules we take in become the molecules of our bodies.  What we eat - and how much – is linked to how long we live and our overall health and wellbeing.  Nutrition can prevent or help with almost any health problem, including cancer, pain, digestive problems, mood, skin problems, bone strength, heart  health, and more. Even simple changes can make a real difference.

Take a Moment

Most people have given some thought to what they eat and drink.

Pause.
When and where do you find yourself eating?
Notice.
How do you feel after you eat?
Choose.
What drives your choices around how you fuel and nourish your body?

Answering these questions can be emotional and it may help to step back and simply notice this. Additionally, there is a lot of information out there on food and drink - it can feel overwhelming! If this is the case for you, try keeping it simple.  Focus on making one small change. If you’re someone who prefers having a whole plan to guide your eating, that is also an option. Studies show that there isn’t one way of eating that is better than all the others.

The key is to find what works best for you and stick with it.

See Your Big Picture

“My Purpose” is at the center of the Circle of Whole Health.

What really matters in your life?
Does your purpose have an impact on what you choose to eat and drink?
Would you like to change something about how you eat and drink to support what really matters in life?

There are hundreds of ways you can shift how you eat or drink.  You might add new things, remove things from your diet, or follow a particular eating plan. Allow yourself to think beyond “dieting” to fueling and nourishing your body.

To support you in nourishing yourself, a menu of things to consider are listed below.  Select a few of the options below, or come up with your own.

  • Try a food you have never tried before.
  • Explore a new cooking technique.
  • Replace one drink a day with water.
  • Eat mindfully once per week. Avoid doing other things (watching TV,  scrolling on your phone, or working) while eating.
  • Pay attention to your eating patterns.  When, where, and with whom do you eat?  What do you notice when you think about this?
  • Pick one fruit or vegetable as a side option if you eat out. Notice how often you choose to eat fast food!
  • Before eating, pause and notice if you are hungry. Choose to eat, or not, based on what you notice.
  • Replace two items on your grocery list with a food with fewer than eight ingredients.
  • Consider help if you think you might have a weight problem or eating disorder.

To help build better habits practice your choices for a minimum of 1-2 weeks.