HEALTH: How you nourish & nurture yourself are connected |

HEALTH: How you nourish & nurture yourself are connected

We often think about nutrition, nourishment and nurturing in the form of food. Today, I’m asking you to think about what nourishes and nurtures you on another level — a level that doesn’t have anything to do with food.

Look at other aspects of your life, like your career, your relationships, physical activity and your spirituality.

At work, time flies when we are involved with an exciting project. You may even forget to eat, you feel confident and enthusiastic with what are you doing and the idea of the outcome.

The same may have happened when you were deeply in love, when life feels good and wonderful, when worries or problems could not affect the way you felt at that moment as feelings of passion, excitement, exhilaration were enough to keep you going. Can you relate to expressions such as “swept off my feet” or “floating on air”? The fun, joy and excitement are enough to keep us going, so food is not the main concern or focus.

Do you remember when you were a child, you could be careless about food when you were outside playing and having fun? When Mom called you in because it was time to eat, you may have eaten the minimal amount required and then you went again to play with your friends outside.

Now think about the opposite; when you don’t feel good, when you are down, depressed, lack self-confidence. So many of us turn to food to give us comfort, to fill an empty hole. But even after eating, you can still feel unfulfilled, never fully satisfied or complete. Think about what you really want, what are you really hungry for?

This question is especially important even in good times. We get home in the evening, go to the kitchen, open the refrigerator looking to eat something when all we really need is a warm welcome hug or someone to chat with.

These kinds of things don’t come on a plate. Things that make your soul smile come in a meaningful way, such as your connection with your spirituality; having respectful, honest and loving relationships; doing the work you love; having a regular and enjoyable physical activity in your weekly routine; etc. All of that gives you the energy to live a fulfilling life.

If you look at some religious traditions, there are holidays for fasting, which are geared for reflecting on the meaningful aspects of our lives. I would like to invite you to take some time to reflect and explore those areas of your life. What would you like to do this month, this week, maybe today, to feel more complete, to fulfill your soul, to live a healthier and happier life?

Schedule a free health consultation with me. We can talk about your health goals and concerns and I can share the programs I offer like one-on-one coaching, pantry purging, 3-, 7-, 11- or 28-day detoxing programs.

Academy of Yoga owner and certified health coach Monica Cullinane has a private practice coaching clients on how to reach their goals for health, weight loss and stress reduction. Additionally, she teaches yoga, presents workshops and lectures on living a healthy, balanced life. Call 970-245-6911 or 970-683-0166 to schedule a free consultation.

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