You have probably heard people talk a lot about how I hate the word healthy life and much prefer the term "nourishing". The difference between the two terms really is huge. My point, life altering, you will never diet again or do exercise you hate kinda huge. A nourished life cannot be found in an extreme diet, pill or a whisk. It is found in a lifestyle. A nourished life is a composite of nourishing choices made on a regular basis that lead to a state of harmony in how you look, feel and behave. A person can live a "healthy" life but not be nourished, but it is impossible for a person to live a nourished life and not be "healthy". For example, think of a man you know who is trying to be healthy odds are they are on some crazy crash diet, drinking shakes or taking pills, having a fraudster day when they get eat large amounts of junk and generally sense bad about themselves because they just can't seem to get the results they want or if they do take results they need to do even insane things to maintain them.
Let us compare the two lifestyles as I see them:
A person trying to live a healthy life:
The alarm goes off at 6 am. He is groggy, grumpy and hungry. He heads to the kitchen to make a pot of coffee and to drink the first of two meal replacement shakes that day. Still somewhat hungry, she gets dressed and head to a job he hates, but heck, it pays the bills. He drops the kids off at school and then heads to the office. Lunchtime comes and he has a microwave meal in a box, a diet coke and some low fat cookies. After work he heads to the gym to go to a workout class they hate, but hey it burns a lot of calories, after all they gotta do what it takes right? After leaving the gym he picks up the kids, heads home, turns on the TV, kicks back and enjoy her meal replacement shake while the kids eat hamburger, hot dog and cheese bread because mother is just too tired to make anything else. Everybody is zoned out on TV and the family only somewhat talks to each other during advertising show up. After about 3 or 4 hours it is time for bed, only to get up tomorrow and do it all again.
I'd like to say that example is extreme, but it's not. It's what I see time and time again, and it really saddens me. He may be doing some things that fall into the zip code of healthy (working on losing excess weight and getting exercise), but her other choices are by no stretch leading to a nourishing life.
Get off the roller coaster. Our life supposed not to be this way, and a nourished life is not that way.
An example of a person living a nourished life:
Imagine instead, that same mother wakes up and eats a breakfast that he feels nourihes her (perhaps an omelets loaded with fresh veggies and eggs he got at the farmer's market over the weekend or maybe it's even a tofu scramble). He gets ready for her day and looks forward to going to work at a place that nourishes his, where he likes what he does. He drop her kids off at school and listens to some of her favorite music on the way to work. Lunchtime comes and he has a meal that he feels will really nourish her (perhaps it is some sushi and a bowl of fruit for dessert). He takes time to not only eat but maybe to relax a little and work on that book he's been writing. He heads back to work, enjoys time with her coworkers and gets her tasks done. He leaves for the day, heading to the gym to climb the rock wall and take a yoga class with friends. He has a great time and then heads home where he prepares a meal that he feels will nourish her family (perhaps grilled chicken, broccoli and a side salad that the kids helped prepare.) They all sit down at the table to eat dinner and discuss their how their day went. Bedtime rolls around mother has the energy to read to the kids a bit before he heads off to bed to read for his self.
See the difference?
There is no trying to live a nourished life you just live it. When people "try to get healthy life" they associate that with doing something they don't enjoy and therefore it's unfulfilled and unenjoyable (and more often than not unlasting.) I want to make one quick point about living a nourishing life that is very, very important. There is no one size fits all for a nourished life. You and only you can determine what that looks like. There are a lot of variations on what it means to live a nourished life. To find yours, you will need to sit down and really think about what is important to you. Some variations on a nourished life might be: eating meat, not eating red meat, only eating farm raised/hormone free meat, not eating any meat, eating vegan (to name a few). It could mean that you completely cut out refined sugar or perhaps it means that you just cut back on it. You could also go gluten free, organic, wheat free, dairy free, or take up fasting one day a month. You could spend hours at the gym each day or never set foot inside a gym again. The point is that there are thousands of different types of combinations of ways to live a nourished life--you job in this lifetime is to figure out what nourishes you. Designing and living a nourished life is so much more than low fat eating and spending time doing exercise you hate.
Sounds so basic doesn't it? But yet thousands if not may be more than ten of thousands of people will start diets beginning of January, only to be disappointed, frustrated and depressed at their lack of (lasting) results. Don't get smoked into the hype of "healthy life"! Take 25 minutes and make a list of what you like. Get clear on what are you, and then drove into those things. The humorous thing is that once you start living with nourished life, you will find yourself getting more and more nourished choices on a more regular basis. There is an indisputable snowball effect, and first you get going you will be at a very vary place in the very near future. And So what does a nourished life effect for you? What kinds of hobbies would you like to have? or friends? or a job? Really, think about this, and remember that life is not about discovering of yourself. It is about creating yourself to have good life and make healthy.