Thanks to Dr. Dae for chatting with us on Twitter. She gave us some great healthy lifestyle ideas! In case you missed it, here’s a summary:
Q: Dr. Dae, what do you mean by “nourished life”?
A: To nourish, is “to provide (someone or something) with food and other things that are needed to live, be healthy, etc. What we need to be nourished more than food, it is to be loved, acknowledged and supported in our goals and dreams. Think of nourishment as the rich and luxury of life in small ways that lift our spirit, or make us smile.
Q: In terms of food, how do we nourish ourselves?
A: Nourishing foods support the health of your body and mind. For example, who doesn’t like watermelon in summer? Watermelon contains phytonutrients—plant-based chemicals that reduce heart disease, regulate blood sugars, help w/digestive health.
Nourishing foods can also be vegetables that our grammy made for us that bring back memories of our childhood like collard greens; great soups on a snowy day; a lovely piece of salmon or snapper; oatmeal; brown rice with veggies; or a handful of trail mix as a snack to last you until dinner.
Q: Before eating or cooking, how SHOULD we be thinking of food?
A: Food is fuel! It can be delicious and nutritious fuel too. There are benefits to finding healthy nourishing foods. A mentor @DrDavidKatz says love the foods that love you back! When you eat something that came from a seed you get all that energy. It’s a wholefood. When you eat an Oreo get nothing.
Rule of thumb: If you have to take Tums or digestive support before you eat something that is not a nourishing food for you. Think of food as the provider of your energy.
Nourishing foods reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation is part of the healing process for us all, but when it happens every day (especially internally) it causes disease. Counter inflammation with a plant-based diet, reduce stress, get enough sleep and drink water.
Q: How do we make nourished time for ourselves?
A: It is important to plan nourishing time. Give yourself 10 minutes a day or once a week. In 10 min. you can take a walk in nature, meditate, call a friend to say hello, read something, or dance to your favorite song. Meditation can be alone or in a group. It starts with deep breathing. Just start with taking 10 deep breaths.
Q: How can this “nourishing time” help me live better?
A: Think of the difference in your energy level when you are depleted versus when you are nourished. When we are nourished we feel more relaxed, less stressed, faster healing, more open to new possibilities. Nourishment is love. Loving ourselves creates more space to share love with others.