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What do you need?

By April 7, 2020August 5th, 2021No Comments

Just listen.

Listen to what your body needs.

Listen for what it’s yearning for.

It knows what it needs.

With all of these changes going on around us, what do you need?

Healing. Strength. Energy. Nourishment.

Maybe some of you can relate. My body was depleted and tired. Tired from trying to run a small business, being a homeschooling teacher, a mom, and an emotional counselor to children struggling with the changes… and being asked to do it all at the same time. Many of us are multitasking in more areas than we ever have. And that is okay! We may be tired, stressed, scared, or confused, but there are ways to help combat those feelings.

My friend Juanique, from Provo Health Clinic, recently shared this quote on her Instagram: “You are not powerless. Your body is AMAZING! Give it love, respect, and healthy food and it will treat you well in return”.

Remember that your body will respond in different ways according to how you treat it! If you choose to nourish your body, it will respond well.

How to Nourish

After feeling completely depleted, I knew that I needed to nourish my body. But how?

Nourishment does not come from refined grains or sugars, processed oils, the news, nor from naysayers.

Instead, nourishment comes from focusing on your physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

Physical and Emotional

Did you know that 95% of your serotonin is produced in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract? Your GI tract is lined with 100 million neurons. Your brain is fueled by the foods we eat. Because of this, what you eat doesn’t only affect your body, but it affects the structure and function of your brain. Ultimately, it affects your mood! (Harvard Medical School)

Ways to nourish your gut:

  1. Get rid of man made chemicals in food! These could include: aspartame, pesticides, and propylene glycol.
  2. Reduce your sugar intake.
  3. Eat fermented foods. This can include bread made with natural yeast, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, etc.
  4. Take a probiotic to replenish good bacteria in the gut. My favorite is from Silverfern.
  5. Eat more fruits and vegetables! You can take any recipe and pack it with veggies! Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.
  6. Add bone broth into your diet. I like this one from Kettle & Fire. Bone broth contains healing collagen and amino acids, proline and glycine, that help heal damaged cell walls in the gut!

As important as it is to boost your mood through taking care of your gut, it is also important to nourish your mind.

Ways to nourish your mind:

  1. Seek information from media sources that provide positivity! At a confusing time like this, it is important to focus on the positives.
  2. Spend time with those you love! I have loved being able to spend so much time with my family now that we are all home. We love to play games, cook dinner together, or have movie night.
  3. Read a good book! Some of my favorites are “How Not to Die” “Eat to Beat Disease”, “Life Changing Foods”, and “Eat Dirt”.

Spiritual

One way that I find spiritual nourishment is by connecting with my higher power. While that may differ from person to person, it is important to connect with what brings you peace! This may be through a higher power, nature, prayer, meditation, etc.

What nourishment do you need?

Just listen.

Your body knows!

Want more?

For foods to help fight depression, click HERE.

For how to help your body detoxify, click HERE.

For how to get your kids to eat healthy, click HERE.

For all of my cheat sheets and guides, click HERE.

Sources

Nutritional psychiatry: Your brain on food

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