Hmmm. Cherish… foster… promote….
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.
To me, “nourished” means whole foods and simplicity
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
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
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
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
Packing up lunches for the week = sandwiches and green juice
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
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
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
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
Yogurt + peanut butter + banana + kit kat mini bites for a pre-bed snack
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.
What thoughts, feelings, or images does the word “nourished” bring up for you??