What the heck is that?
Well, lets break it down…
Integrative (adj.): Serving or intending to unify separate things
Nutrition (n.): The process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth
So basically integrative nutrition works to unify the things that are necessary for health and growth.
But how is that different from good-ole-fashioned nutrition? From the next fad diet?
Let me ask you this…Is food the only thing that you need for health and growth?
What about your mental health? Your spiritual growth?
This is where integrative nutrition is different
We focus on food and water, but these are seconday. The primary food – the stuff that fuels your soul, is considered the top priority.
Without healthy primary food, no amount of kale will make you feel better!
There are four components to primary food, so let’s unpack them a bit.
Where did we come from? Where are we going? What is the point of life? We all face these sort of questions at different points in our lives, and we all need an understanding of our spirituality in order to process them. Maybe you believe in God, maybe you don’t, or maybe you don’t know. The important thing is to be aware of your personal spiritual beliefs, and to nourish them in a way that feeds your soul.
Do you have a purpose in life? Is it how you spend your working day? Or maybe you are a stay-at-home-mom who feels totally fulfilled. Or maybe you long for more. Where and how we work are critical to our sense of self. Sometimes it is just a job and that works for you. And sometimes you need more, and that longing leaves a hole in your soul that needs to be filled. Most of us spend more waking hours at work than we do at home – if those hours are stressful or unenjoyable it will inevitably have an impact on our mental and physical health.
You are surrounded by relationships of all different kinds: family, friends, co-workers, the barista who makes your regular for you every morning…Humans are social creatures, we need interaction. More specifically we need healthy interactions, because sadly not all relationships are good ones. Being aware of which relationships are serving us and which are hurting us is critical in our ability to feel secure and whole in our surroundings. Fostering our relationships with people who lift us up allows us to root in our community, to build our tribe, to create our village. And we all need a village.
We all know that exercise is important in managing our weight, but did you know that it is also critical in helping to manage our mood and stress? It is! When you exercise a whole slew of chemicals are released that help your mind to cope with stress and elevate your mood. It’s a natural anti-anxiety and anti-depressant all in one! And yet far to many of us spend most of our time sedentary, stuck behind a desk, or in our car, or binge watching the latest series. Even a few minutes a day can make a huge difference in our overall mental and physical well being.