My Nutrition Philosophy

My nutrition philosophy is quite simple.

Let’s celebrate the presence of food in our life, cultivate joy and peace around those food choices and nourish our bodies with nutrient-dense, whole foods.

You see I believe that eating nourishing foods and having a healthy relationship with food is so much more than calories and nutrient content. Don’t get me wrong; eating higher-quality, nutrient-dense food and being mindful of how much your body needs is very important to nourishing your body.

I just believe we need to consider a more comprehensive approach and consider how the body, mind and spirit influence your relationship with food.

 

Here are the guiding principles of My nutrition philosophy at nourish-your-life-org-logo-with-tm

 

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NUTRIENT-DENSE, WHOLE FOODS

Choose REAL, whole, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods. And, discover the foods that make you feel vibrant, healthy, and nourished.

Avoid foods that are processed, have a list of ingredients you can’t pronounce, are nutrient-deficient and make you feel foggy, sluggish and just plain bluh. These foods will be unique to you; although, there is a list of foods that are common among people’s “avoid list” like dairy, gluten or wheat.

If you are interested in learning more about what type of foods truly nourish your body, check out my Nourish Your Body page. Here I will give you the run-down on what types of foods we will focus on and why they are important.

 

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self acceptance and self love

Everyone deserves the right to accept and love themselves. We have to accept ourselves for who we are right now so that we can make positive changes in our lives and ultimately cultivate peace and joy in our relationship with food.  When people struggle to accept and love themselves, they also struggle to be kind to themselves. Eating healthfully is one of those ways we are kind to one’s self.

Know this:   •   You have a lot to offer this world.     You are more than a number on the scale.  •   You have the right to be who you are and be accepted for who you are.  •   You can accept who you are while also rejecting unhealthiness in your life.   •   You are enough.   •   You, just being you, are enough.

 

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SELF Care

Self care is really simple in terms of what it means; it simply refers to valuing yourself enough to take care of yourself. Putting this to practice? Now, that can be much more difficult! Getting your 8 hours of sleep at night, having a warm cup of tea in the morning before the rest of the house gets up, tucking in to a good book during your lunch break, stepping away and taking 5 big, deep, visceral breaths when the kids are all-consuming, taking a quiet jog around the lake or ending the night in a warm bath complete with candles, these are all ways we can fill ourselves up and feel nourished.

Scientific Evidence: Studies have shown that doing something pleasurable like those listed above, increases oxygenation and blood flow to the body. It also reduces the production of cortisol (aka “the stress hormone”) and insulin. Studies show that overproduction of cortisol and insulin cause weight gain and fat accumulation.1 Lastly, when you are in a relaxed state, your digestive system works the way it was designed to work.2

 

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COMPREHENSIVE, PERSONALIZED APPROACH.

Counting calories and following a pre-fab menu plan just doesn’t feel nourishing to me nor does it help establish intuitive eating habits necessary to having a healthy relationship with food.  I think it’s important for all of us to find our own north. NourishYourLife.org™ is a community that provides guidance, support and hopefully a little inspiration to help you discover what works best for you.

As you can see from the principles listed above, NourishYourLife.org™ this is truly a comprehensive approach towards having a better relationship with food.

 

WHAT MAKES   DIFFERENT?

 

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I AM QUALIFIED There are a TON of nutrition blogs out there created with the best of intentions by self-proclaimed nutritionists. Some of the information out there is great and some, well… it’s more anecdotal and not rooted in science and research as it should be.

I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics and Institutional Administration and I have worked in the food ingredient industry for the past 10 years. That means I have a deep understanding of advanced nutrition and human metabolism as well as the ins and outs of the food manufacturing industry and how current practices impact consumers—that’s you!

 

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FULL OF RESEARCH I promise that all of the resources I provide will be deeply rooted in science even the “new age” concepts of how the mind and spirit influence nutrition. I will cite as much as I can in case you want to go even deeper and read the research yourself.

 

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LOADS OF EMPATHY, COMPASSION, AND UNDERSTANDING If you struggle with your relationship with food, you are NOT alone. I have been there and the people I love the most in this world have been there. I get it. I get it on the deepest level. I get you. I know how you feel.

I struggled with my weight during most of my childhood and managed to make it to the other side during high school. Then my freshman year of college I gained the “Freshman 21”. Yes in 9 months, I gained 21 lbs! The following summer I experimented until I found a plan that worked for me and was back to a healthy weight for sophomore year. I started nutrition classes that year and the nutrition world became my world. I eat, breathe and sleep this stuff… no pun intended.

Disclaimer:  An unhealthy relationship with food occurs in those who are considered by the medical community as “underweight,” “healthy weight”, “overweight”, and “obese.”

If you are are interested in learning more, take a look around NourishYourlife.org. Interested in working with a nutritionist and health coach? Check out the Work With Sarah section.