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“Nourished” (What I Ate Wednesday)

 
“Nourished”
 
1. to sustain with nutriment; supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth.
 
2. to cherish, foster, keep alive
 
3. to strengthen, build up, or promote
 

 

Hmmm. Cherishfosterpromote….

nourished what i ate wednesday

 

Over the past year, the meaning of the word “nourished” has been changing for me.

It’s taken on a new sensory image..

…a new feeling, when I think of it.

It no longer simply brings thoughts of putting food into my mouth, or filling up my belly. 

That’s still a part of it, but there’s something much more… all encompassing… now behind it.

To me, the word “nourished” brings up a feeling of fullness, not in my stomach, but in entirety. Brain, body, soul. 

It means being in a state of slight excess, rather than deprivation.

Where your body can feel safe and trusting.

 

Linking up with Jen and Laura

 

To me, “nourished” means whole foods and simplicity

nourished what i ate wednesday

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats with molasses and gingerbread spice + PB2 drizzle + banana + raspberries

Made with real hands, from a local farm or a friends’ garden

Grass fed breakfast chicken sausage from the Farmers Market + overnight soaked oats with maple brown sugar + market raspberries

It means a vast array of nutrients – protein, carbs and fat

Eaten together

And being creative in the kitchen

Protein Kodiak Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes + more peanut butter + homemade raspberry chia jam

It also means providing my taste buds with satisfaction

Like for me, giving them sugar when they want sugar

nourished what i ate wednesday

Flaky pastry Cinnamon bun found at a new local bakery, studded with dried cranberries + banana and raspberries

And feeling that release of a craving.

Filling that hole, rather than keeping it empty

nourished what i ate wednesday

Whole grain oatmeal toast + avocado + cream cheese + tomato + salt and pepper

To me, “nourished” means balancing out tastes and textures

Like washing down a meat and cheese sandwich with a veggie filled green juice

nourished what i ate wednesday

Packing up lunches for the week = sandwiches and green juice

nourished what i ate wednesday

Turkey + Swiss + Mayo + Dijon + Tomato Bunwich

Or giving yourself an afternoon pick me up of something soothing and delicious, because your soul is hungry for it

nourished what i ate wednesday

I’ve been enjoying coming home in the afternoons, between rehearsal and work, and spending an hour or so in the quiet. Mugs of creamy tea and a little sugary snack have really been magical for turning my spirit around 

It means taking the time to sit down at home and put real food on an actual plate

nourished what i ate wednesday

 Salad with hemp seeds, avocado and raw veg + steamed kabocha + grilled tempeh with a thick flax oil/maple syrup/tahini dressing.

It means bowls of bright colors

And foods that just make you feel go00od

nourished what i ate wednesday

Brown basmati rice tossed in a mixture of olive oil, tamari and mixed herbs + grilled sweet potato + roasted red pepper + grilled zucchini + avocado + sunflower sprouts + feta 

And going to bed feeling satisfied – both in mind and body

nourished what i ate wednesday

Yogurt + peanut butter + banana + kit kat mini bites for a pre-bed snack

nourished what i ate wednesday

Stolen Hallowe’en candy + Pear

I think in the past the word “nourished” had a negative connotation to it. I didn’t want to be “nourished” because that meant I had “overdone” something. Or that I wasn’t martyring myself in some way – which at the time gave me a sense of being superior. Or gave me a sense of having will power and strength.  Now when I hear the word, I no longer think of only “food into belly.” Now, it means more. It means I am living at my fullest potential. That I can be in a state of groundedness and maturity, where I am focusing on the things in my life that matter most. And that I love, and respect, myself and my body.

Tell me,

What thoughts, feelings, or images does the word “nourished” bring up for you??

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41 COMMENTS

  1. Vianne | 15th Nov 17

    Oh I LOVE this!!

    So glad you’ve reached this point. Nourished to me means honouring my body & what it needs + a little extra to ensure I’m grounded, strong & fulfilled.

    Eating enough & what your body wants is empowering. It says I honour, trust & believe in my body. I want to be my best self. It means honouring your hunger so you can be the person you’re truly meant to be.

    Food should fuel our real purpose in life, whatever that is. Plus give us joy, & really ‘nourish’ us enough to let us thrive & contribute to the world. Getting to the point where food is not such a big deal, & is just easy & natural is so great.

    You have come so far, (I’ve been following from afar) & I think you’re amazing Cora. Keep going & going for it.

    P.S Sorry if this is a little muddled, my english isn’t the best!

    Many hugs xx

    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      Oh so many perfectly worded phrases here. “+ a little extra to ensure I’m grounded, strong & fulfilled.” YES. “I want to be my best self.” EXACTLY. “Food should fuel our real purpose in life.” Yes yes yes. You’ve said exactly what I’ve been feeling more and more in these past couple of years. Fueling and nourishing myself means I am able to focus on my passion and what I want to do in this world. It means enabling myself to focus on what is important. Thank you so much for commenting Vianne! This was everything πŸ™‚

  2. Emily Swanson | 15th Nov 17

    YES> YES. YES! I so agree with this. That fully nourished feeling can take so many different forms. It’s so important for me to sit down and eat something, no matter whether it’s ice cream or a salad or cookies or ___. I’m thankful God made so many different kinds of nourishment.
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    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      Yes yes yes and nourishment can come in so many different forms and will always be changing.

  3. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 15th Nov 17

    Can I tell you how much I love this post?! And all of the yummy food in it? I 120% agree with you about the term – nourished to the brim πŸ™‚
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    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      nourished to the brim and beyond πŸ™‚

  4. Alyssa | 15th Nov 17

    i totally relate with what it means to be nourished. in being nourished, we never feel deprived! so proud of you cora. you have truly come so far
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    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      Thanks Alyssa. Deprived is a sad feeling to yearn for, when the opposite is so life giving.

  5. Evangeline | 15th Nov 17

    This post, Cora, physically made me feel warm and emotionally comforted. Thanks for that. Nourish is a lovely word. I agree that it has an all encompassing feel to it. Physical, emotional, maybe even spiritual. Being filled up to the brim, not just with good food, but with good goodness. Glad you’re feeling that sense of nourishment after all the craziness of the past few months (or maybe it’s still crazy but you’re finding moments of peace despite it all, which is good too). Nourishment means home for me: a cozy kitchen, eating with people I love, warmth, security, peace.

    Also your recent eats are lovely. Pancakes with caramelized bananas is pure genius.
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    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      Well I’m really happy this gave you some nice feelings, Vangie. Amazing how the sensory images of a single word can do that, hm? I hope there is lots of “good goodness” and soul-filling nourishment coming to you in this next while <3

  6. Naomi @ Naomi Why: Roots | 15th Nov 17

    Just finished putting together a link round up and had to go back so I could include this. For me, I used to twist the word nourish to mean “eating clean” and celery sticks. I love how you illustrate the word. Nourished means more than fueled. It relates to our whole being.
    And like Evangeline said, those caramelized banana pancakes are genius.
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    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      It really does. It’s amazing how we can shift a meaning of a word depending on our mental health/frame of mind too.

  7. danielle | 15th Nov 17

    yessss i definitely have a new appreciation for this word.. like you, i didn’t have a positive association with being ‘nourished’ before. now, especially in my role as a mum, i feel a strong sense of connection with this word. it means that i am nurturing myself, and nurturing is caring, and caring is love… so it means love. to nourish myself means to love myself. it’s still a daily struggle, which may sound strange, but i often find myself not hungry and feeling so able to just ‘go without’ because i’m taking care of ‘other’ important things. however, this for me is a downward spiral. i can too easily ‘go without’ and then feel like crap. clearly not loving myself but in my head i’m thinking that i’m taking care of others and doing things i love so its’ ok. but it’s not because nourishing requires sustenance and so it requires stopping whatever i’m doing, nourishing myself, then continuing.. and with more energy.
    i really benefit from eating on a schedule sometimes, but the idea bothers me. its’ silly because it helps me, but intellectually i feel like i should just be able to eat whenever i want… it’s a constant trial and error thing but at least i’m practicing the self care and self love as much as i can. i love to be nourished and feel nourished… cooking breakfast for Lulu feels so lovely. i would like to make enough time to eat together, then that feels truly nourishing for both. why do i always feel i must give and go without, then feel empty? it’s never good in theory! i hate how the mind works in so many ways πŸ™‚

    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      Doesn’t sound strange… at all, Danielle. I struggle with it every day. Sometimes more overtly than others, but its always there even as a rumbling of static in the background. Its amazing how we can shift the meaning of a word based on our mental health/frame of mind eh?

      I would think a large part of the truly “nourished” feeling would simply be spending that time with Lulu and enjoying your food together. Company plays such a huge part. Now you just have to be nourished as well so you can all share in it together!!

  8. Miss Polkadot | 15th Nov 17

    Have I ever told you that your wisdom and the way you convey it through beautiful words never ceases to amaze me?? (I think I might but even if, it’s worth repeating) This was so interesting particularly because I’d been thinkingabout this same word and its meaning before. I think many people only use it in terms of food and given it’s not part of my native language, I mostly pondered it in this sense, too. But trying to get away from focusing on food so much, I really really like your thoughts on it. Because honestly, what good does the most nourishing food do if we’re lacking in other parts of life. If we’re maybe even trying – as you suggested – to [fool ourselves into believing] replace the emptiness and lack of joy with food? Been there, done that, got nothing out of it.
    Today is a good one to paint my image of nourishment because it was the kind of situation I was in earlier: cooking with that friend I mentioned before again, taking our time to do so, having a deep conversation and sharing the meal in a
    beautiful environment. My soul felt nourished, my brain [always ovethinking] calm. It’s unfortunately not my everyday situation at this point but I’m trying to create more of these in my life.

    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      “Because honestly, what good does the most nourishing food do if we’re lacking in other parts of life.” Oh HELLO miss brilliant. Wow. I needed this reminder – thank you.

      Company and sharing an experience with others plays SUCH a huge part in feeling nourished. After eating a nice meal with Dan, for instance, I can feel my fullness in such a positive way. Not “too much” not “too little”… everything just feels…. like self love.

      What is the equivalent of this word in German?? This is so interesting to hear from someone whom english is not their first language. Thank you for sharing your thoughts <3

  9. Megan @ A Continual Feast Blog | 15th Nov 17

    Ahh, what a lovely post. To me, nourishment is pretty much equivalent to satisfaction. I totally agree with your point on being satisfied when going to bed- that is a big one for me! I almost always have a big nighttime snack. I agree that it also relates to non-food things and just generally how you are living your life and filling up your soul. πŸ™‚

    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      Even if I’m not ravenous I have to eat something before bed. It may be more of a mind-nourishment thing. But that doesn’t matter. My mind/soul/body always wants something so that’s telling me something.

  10. Ellie Pell | 15th Nov 17

    I’ve had Kodiak Cakes before and they were great! Good choice Cora πŸ™‚ To me, nourished means having a happy belly and mind after I finish slowly eating.
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    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      Mmmm happy mind. That’s a lovely feeling πŸ™‚

  11. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 15th Nov 17

    This is a beautiful post, Cora. It’s given me a lot to think about. <3
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  12. Nicole @ Bento Momentos | 15th Nov 17

    Love this post! It’s so hard to distinguish the fine line between “nourishing” and “bingeing.” I restricted for a while and convinced myself I was nourishing when I was actually bingeing…

    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      Ahhh yes. When in recovery, true “nourishing” can be a super, super confusing thing. How are you supposed to know, or trust, what it is if you’ve been away from it for so long? I hope that line has disintegrated and you’ve been able to find your happy level of nourishment now, Nicole. Thank you for sharing <3

  13. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table | 15th Nov 17

    This is such a lovely post. The word nourished makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Like a hug from mom.
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    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      Mmmmmm. Absolutely πŸ™‚

  14. Nicole @ Laughing My Abs Off | 15th Nov 17

    Love everything you said here, and I completely agree with your definition of nourished. So happy to see you in this place πŸ™‚ And your eats look wonderful and so satisfying!
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    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      Thank you Nicole. Hope you’ve been having some delicious nourishment this week πŸ™‚

  15. Patrick@looneyforfood.com | 16th Nov 17

    So well written! To me nourished means giving my body what it needs to be healthy and what makes me satisfied. Not just what it needs to servive but what it needs to thrive and be the best it can.

    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      Exactly. And for me that often means giving my mind what it wants so that it can put its focus not on food but on what truly matters – my passions, relationships, how I interact with the world etc.

  16. chasetheredgrape | 16th Nov 17

    As I mentioned the other week on my friday favourites, all I could think of when we ate at that vegan restaurant was “I feel so nourished!”. It’s like a little glow inside followed by a big smile. Food is a part of it as was my company, my surroundings and just how I am feeling in general. That feeling of nourishment is like no other in terms of just feeling damn good!

    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      A glow inside followed by a smile. Ahh. That is exactly it. πŸ™‚

  17. Casey the College Celiac | 16th Nov 17

    Beautiful post – that’s all I could think of when I first finished reading. To me, nourished means comfort and safe and strong. It means self care and loving yourself, and giving your body the fuel it needs. Thank you for the reminder <3

    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      Comfort and safe. I’m going to add “looked after.” And knowing that things are okay. <3

  18. Kristy from Southern In Law | 17th Nov 17

    To me, the word nourished brings up ideas of being content overall. Well fed, happy, cared for, safe. It’s not the literal meaning of the word – but nourished to me is more than just food!

    And from all of these meals, it looks like you nourish yourself in the tastiest way!
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    • Cora | 17th Nov 17

      Cared for. I wish I had added this. This is a huge part of it for me. I feel most nourished when I’ve had a meal with Dan, or with my family…. the people who I love most. Because when I’m with them I feel safe and cared for. Thank you Kristy, as always! <3

  19. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 18th Nov 17

    Yes to all. I wrote about nourishment a few years ago (geez, I’ve been doing this for a while, lol), but I can’t echo what you are saying enough!
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    • Cora | 21st Nov 17

      You’re the pro πŸ™‚

  20. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 19th Nov 17

    I like your new definition of the word nourishment. Blows kiss.
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    • Cora | 21st Nov 17

      I wonder how many pages my Dictionary would be if I made one… πŸ™‚

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