The term nourish is thrown around a lot in LJ land, what with being our second pillar of the move nourish believe philosophy and the healthy way of life we live and breathe, any MNB girl knows not to take this term lightly! Nourishing is a lifestyle; it’s a personified version of you through every aspect of active living.
Everyday we’re nourishin’. From our morning lemon water to our afternoon trail mix, our food choices are a chance to nurture or negate.
On the blogosphere there is a never-ending list of diets and labels to call your self this or that. Are you vegan or vego? Are you paleo or pescatarian? Or are you a cutetarian or fruitarian? Please note: yes cutetarian means not eating any animal that is considered ‘cute’.
There’s so much information at your finger tips. Have you heard not to eat fruit because it’s full of fructose? Yet have you seen instagrammers eat 20 bananas in one sitting and boast weight loss benefits? Have you heard to cut out fat wherever possible and eat ‘diet’ and ‘lite’ where possible? Are you confused with what’s right and what’s healthy? We feel your frustration on the nourishing matter.
One of the best things to keep in mind when finding your nourish style is that there is no one blanket way of nourishing for everyone. Each person has their own unique metabolic blueprint that breaks things down (or not break things down for that matter). Take gluten for example, some people can’t digest it whatsoever and some people don’t eat it just because someone told them not to, but do they actually know why they’re not eating it? What is gluten anyway?
Our tips for finding your nourish style:
Listen to your body
What is it telling you? Those chia seeds making you bloat? “But they contain so much omega 3 and protein; everybody is telling me to eat them!”. If something doesn’t sit right, there are always alternatives to find what suits you and not be a bloated mess.
Flag any symptoms
Even though it may seem normal, bloating can be a reaction to what you are eating or the stress you are under. Headaches, rashes, eczema, sniffing and coughing can be a sign you have an intolerance to a certain food.
Work out what works for you
There are some people that thrive off of a fruitarian lifestyle, raw food or paleo way, but they don’t work for everyone. These people might even tell you what you should be eating. You’re clever and you know what foods make you feel horrid. Ditch the foods that make you feel negative and don’t allow your body to thrive.
Keep a food diary
Don’t be put off by the idea if the last time you kept a diary was at school to write down your secret crushes. This is a really easy way to document how you feel after each meal. By ruling out any sinister foods, you can try new things that make you feel great. Food diaries are also super effective because they make you think twice about what you’re putting in your mouth. Make sure you include how you feel when you ate it. Bored? Excited? So so?
Ditch the guilt
Do you feel guilty when you have a chocolate bar? Packet of M&M’s? Piece of cake? Like many of us who have a sweet tooth, there are kinder ways to eat sweet foods yet not chow down the processed stuff. There are loads of natural ways – our move of sugar e-book has tones of recipes that are made with food straight from the earth.
Keep it simple
Put down the packets and nourish your body with what nature has given us. Keep your nourish routine as close to nature as possible by eating fresh, clean produce with no nasty numbers or man made substances. Just remember, less is more. When we avoid fewer ingredients on the label, we give our bodies more goodness.
It all comes down to your choice – after all, no one cares about your health more than you do.
What style of nourishing do you find works for you?