This insightful tweet I saw got me thinking more broadly about the word nourishment,
“Through food we can nourish our communities, our relationships, our families, our world. What are you nourishing today?”
When I was a teenager and in my early 20s, nourishment was the last thing on my mind. I was so focused on restrictive eating and exercise that food and nourishment were not two things I would put together. I am so thankful that I overcame that and now know food is fuel to nourish my body and mind. I would not have been able to do all the athletic adventures in my adult life if I was not taking care of myself. I also know I would be limited in being there for family and friends if I wasn’t nourishing myself on the inside and out.
Nourishment comes in different forms such as whole food nutrition, self care with yoga and meditation and giving back to others. I told my husband I wish there was a career that would pay the bills where you could just go and help others as that is what truly fills me up. This year I started keeping some non perishable food in my car so when I see a homeless person I can provide them something. I’ve started asking their name and wishing them a good day as don’t we all want to be affirmed?
I’ve found when there are challenges in my life that if I turn the attention on someone else and do something to make someone’s day a little lighter that it will do the same for me. I hope you can find and spread some lightness today and nourish yourself and those around you.