The Nourished by Nutrition lifestyle is a whole-person approach to wellness that is centered nourishing your body, finding balance and embracing your uniqueness.
This whole-person approach to wellness takes into consideration your complete physical, mental and social well-being. While there is a large emphasis on nourishing the body with whole foods, it focuses on the other elements that play a crucial role in achieving optimal health and finding balance in life because we are so much more than just the food we eat!
What brings you happiness and fulfillment? What foods make you feel amazing? How are your relationships? How is your energy? What makes you feel anxious and stressed? These answers all play a part in your well-being and need your attention in order for you to thrive.
To embrace this whole-person approach to wellness, Nourished by Nutrition focuses on The 8 Elements of Nourished Living. These components are all connected and work together in creating a balanced lifestyle and feeling your best. They are meant to expand your outlook on wellness and help you focus on the areas in your life that might need some extra attention.
While the elements are universal, the ways you tailor the details are unique to you. This approach gives you the flexibility to try new things, reflect and make shifts to what is no longer serving you, and give more attention to specific elements as you move through different phases of life.
These key components are essential to healthy living, but look different on everyone. There is no one-size-fits-all plan. There is no “right” way to achieve optimal wellness. You are so beautifully unique and so is your journey towards feeling your best.
Here at Nourished by Nutrition, the goal is to inspire and help guide you on your journey towards finding balance so you feel energized, empowered, and confident EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. So let’s take a closer look at each of these elements that create a #nourishedlife.
The 8 Elements of Nourished Living:
Plain and simple food keeps us alive. We cannot survive without food and water. But surviving and thriving are completely different. My goal with Nourished by Nutrition is to help you THRIVE. Food has the power to transform your life. Eating well is the highest form of self-care. The food you eat directly affects how you function. Think about it, everything you put into your body gets broken down to be used by your cells. It’s the coding that tells your cells how to function. This is why Nourished by Nutrition’s foundation is based on plant-based whole foods (check out the recipe index!). They’re the most nutrient dense foods and pack with antioxidants. Eating this way MOST of the time sets ourselves up to have energy, sleep better, want to move. It fuels this upward momentum and desire to fuel that habits that make us feel our best.
But food is so much more than just fuel for your body. Food is a social, emotional and cultural connection. It’s an act of celebration. When we eat intentionally we can do so for nourishment and pure enjoyment. Meaning eating your kale is such as important as eating your cake. It’s up to you to decide when, how much and why. When you have a foundation in quality, nutrient dense foods your body functions optimally and there is wiggle room for life and enjoying food just for pleasure.
Hydration – this is so important that there could have a whole category dedicated to it. Hydration is crucial to thriving. When your fully hydrated your metabolism is working to its fullest, you have energy, your digestion is improved and your skin shows it! While I’m a water pusher – like if you think your drinking enough water, drink some more. I’m a huge fan of eating your water. Plant foods like greens, cucumbers, watermelon all help keep you hydrated with the extra boost of antioxidants.
Move that beautiful body. Our bodies were meant to move and not out of punishment. Exercising as an intentional movement for reaching fitness goals boosts your metabolism and keeps you strong but it has so many more health benefits. When you move your body and break a sweat you feel good! Dopamine and endorphins are released. You again fuel the upward momentum of creating nourishing habits. When you sweat, you feel good you actually want to eat well. You sleep better, you’re less stressed…you see where I’m going here. Movement is also more than just exercise for fitness goals. Getting your body up from sitting for a long period of time and getting those steps in is just as important.
The key here is to find something you love and do it daily. You don’t have to beat yourself up at the gym if you hate it. Maybe hiking or rocking climbing is your thing! But stay open-minded. Try something new or retry something. You never know, you may just fall in love with it. Bottom line, whether it’s a spin class or a walk in the park, move that body of yours.
Stress is inevitable but it’s how we manage stress that plays a significant roll in our wellbeing. A little bit of stress is actually good. It keeps up focused and motivated. It’s prolonged stress wrecks havoc on our bodies causing inflammation, aging, cravings, hormone imbalances, poor sleep –the list goes on and on. In order for us to be functioning optimally, we need to address our stress.
Incorporating routines that help us feel more centered, having a “toolkit” full of rituals and techniques that help us reduce stress, and learning your triggers all can crucial for managing stress. Thankfully stress management is becoming more mainstream. Finding ways that help YOU find your calm and manage your stress may take a little time with some trial and error. But along with nourishing your body, managing your stress will be the best thing you can do for your long-term health and well-being.
This one is hard and honestly can seem impossible at times. But making an effort every single day to is 100% necessary. Self-care is not selfish. It is essential to give the best version of yourself. You cannot pour from an empty cup. You cannot give of yourself fully or love fully if you do not love yourself. This all starts with acceptance. Stop comparing and embrace who you are right now. You can have goals and I encourage you to. Acceptance doesn’t mean complacency but showing your body love, practicing gratitude and shifting your mindset needs to happen. No, it’s not easy, but I encourage you to fake it till you make. Even if you don’t believe your words right now, your mind is powerful beyond measure. The more you tell yourself something the more you being to believe it.
Eating well is a form of self-love. So is moving your body because you love it and it makes you feel good. Some other forms of self-love are seeing a therapist, getting a manicure, buying yourself flowers, setting aside time to read your favorite book. Whatever fills you up and makes you feel good. Do more of that.
Sleep – sleep deprivation is an epidemic. We must prioritize sleep in order to have energy and for our brain to function optimally. We heal, repair and recover while we sleep. It is what “recharges” our batteries and lets us function at full potential. Getting enough sleep actually allows us to make better food choices, have fewer cravings and energy to move our bodies.
Rest and recovery – just as much as exercise is important to well-being, so is rest. This means, chill out and tune in. What do you need? You need to give your body time to repair. If you’re going a million miles an hour and feel drained and exhausted, REST. You are not lazy or unmotivated. You need to give your body what it needs so you can function 100%.
Quality relationships take work but they are so worth it. These people are our support system. Having a community that shares your same values helps you become the best version of yourself. These relationships fill you up. You don’t leave feeling drained and depleted. In order to truly foster these relationships, we need more face-to-face interactions. This quality (screen-free) time is essential for growth, love and fostering friendships, networking, and finding your soul-mate.
I cannot stress how big a role mindset plays in our health and wellbeing. It’s one of the first things I work on with clients and is the element that affects every single thing you do. This means reworking our thoughts to develop what I refer to as “spiral up” or “abundance” mindset.
Some of the most important mindset shifts are ditching the diet mentality and looking at life through an “abundance lens”. This again isn’t easy but the more you shift your mindset, the more the positivity and belief in yourself start to form naturally. Yes, you’ll think negative thoughts occasionally, but it’s how you redirect those thoughts that is key. Changing your perspective from “have to” to “get to”, from “I’m lazy” to “I need to give my body the rest I deserve”. “I wish I was like her” to “she is an amazing entrepreneur, what can I learn from her?”, from “I’m a failure” to “how can this set back help me grow?”
Knowing your why. This is essential for living each day, and especially when setting goals for yourself. Your WHY drives you forward. It is your motivation. When people tell me they lack motivation, it always comes down to not having a clear why or really understanding their personal values. Reflecting and journaling can help. And before you say journaling is not for me, give it a try. You really have nothing to lose. 5-10 minutes for 1 week can change your life….and you might just get hooked.
What are your values? This is key to setting goals and making and creating a nourished lifestyle. When you go through life knowing what drives you –what is so important to you –your decisions are unwavering. These set up your non-negotiables —the things in your life that give you structure, make you feel centered and allow you to thrive every day.
When you live each day based on those values and you know your why, you start living more intentionally. You find the things that bring your pure joy and happiness and you LET GO of the rest. Learning and growing as a person will fuel this fire and propel you forward. Never stop doing what you love. Never stop learning. And never stop living the life you’ve always dreamed of. Have faith in yourself. The world believes in you, it’s time to start wholeheartedly believing in yourself and your purpose.
I cannot wait to deep dive into each of these topics for you. Get ready for more wellness articles (back by science, of course) focusing on each of these 8 elements. I’m here to simplify nutrition and wellness so you can make easy shifts to create a lifestyle where you feel balanced and thrive.
I’d love to know what topic you want me to dive into first? Leave a comment below and let’s get this conversation started. Make sure to follow @nourishedbynutrition on Instagram and tag #nourishedbynutriton so I can see how you are living your most nourished life!