Nourishing Health Not Hotness

Nourishing Health Not Hotness

What does it mean to nourish our bodies?  Dictionary.com tells me that to nourish means to provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition.  In today’s modern western culture, to nourish, is often thrown around as a buzzword in various discussions surrounding health and wellness.  So many conflicting opinions have emerged that we are often left wondering what REAL nourishment is for our bodies.

For me, the last 15 years have been an intensive period of both formal and informal education surrounding this topic with a lot of self experimentation and my views have fluctuated from one extreme to the next.  For a good chunk of that time, I subscribed to the theory that my body would be nourished through a low fat, low calorie diet with plenty of exercise.  In reality, this sort of lifestyle led me to be chronically UNDER fed and UNDER nourished.  Sure, my weight was “normal to low” and I was quite thin but my body was far from nourished and far from healthy.  I was right where our body image obsessed culture wanted me, believing that appearing healthy externally with a certain body fat percentage, bmi, jean size, weight, etc. was the truest measure of health while looking back, I was a far cry from healthy.  This phenomenon is all too common in our culture that constantly pressures us to look a certain way.

Conversely, when I look at the majority of people around me, I see many who are chronically OVER fed and UNDER nourished.  What do I mean by this?  They are consuming an abundance of food and calories, yet their bodies are still lacking proper, real nourishment.

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What Do You Really Want In This Life?

What Do You Really Want In This Life?

Sitting here, poolside, in the middle of a condo community while on vacation in Fort Myers, Florida, surrounded by many in the retired community, I can’t help but think about the journey they have been on to get here.  These “snow birds” as they are called live their normal lives for 9 or so months of the year in their home state and when winter hits they head to their second home down south to escape the cold.  Sounds good to me!

Retirement is a funny thing to reflect on.  In essence, you can view it as the summation of your life goals – your true passion.  It’s the thing you worked for and toward your entire life.  Almost all of who you are as a person can be wrapped up in your retirement.  So, sitting in the middle of this community where at 30 years old I drastically throw off the median age, I wondered how many of these retired folk were truly satisfied with the newfound trajectory of their life as they neared 70 and beyond?  With that, did the path they followed in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s seem worth it to them now?  Or was it even the path they really wanted?  Did their careers move in step with their true, deep down goals, talents, passions, and desires or did these simply lay idle?  “What is my own fate as I near retirement age?” was ultimately the question that rattled around in my head while sharing some outdoor pool space with these well to do snow birds.

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Caramel Baked Apples – A Nourishing First Birthday Treat

Caramel Baked Apples – A Nourishing First Birthday Treat

To go along with our unconventional ways, these Caramel Baked Apples are not your traditional birthday cake, but for us, they worked perfectly!  While they definitely still fall into the treat category, I love that they use nourishing and basic ingredients, are super simple, and made a delicious treat for our one year old and family celebrating with us.  The ooey gooey caramel pairs perfectly with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.  They would make a wonderful dessert for any occasion or could even be used as a sweet treat for a breakfast or brunch.  You can scale the recipe to make however many you need.

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Our Sustainability Story: The Real Cost of Unconscious Living

Our Sustainability Story:  The Real Cost of Unconscious Living

Living sustainably and the things we write about on this website have not always been on my radar.  Millennials are often criticized for growing up with an abundant amount of comfort and convenience, and for me it was no different.  In fact, we had not just one, but two microwaves that often ran simultaneously to get everything needed for a meal adequately heated at one time.  My closet could have housed a family of three in some parts of the world and was still brimming with clothing and other items that built up over the years.  Don’t get me wrong, I had a great childhood.  Everything was secure and abundant so why question any of it.  All of it was normal.  

Life essentially carried on this way through college and into our early married life.  We lived on a tight budget so I began couponing for our basic food and household items and could buy them for next to nothing.  I didn’t think much about quality or where things came from or why these companies wanted me to buy their products so desperately to basically give them away for free.  They were cheap and that’s what mattered to me at the time.  

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#NoShip2017

#NoShip2017

When we originally created our instagram account in June 2016, our intent was to challenge ourselves and share our journey along the way of sourcing as many locally produced items as we could.  Food being the primary thing we had in mind.  But as we’ve pondered living sustainably in today’s world it quickly became apparent food was just the tip of the iceberg.  Our challenge is now to consider everything we consume and how it impacts our own bodies and lives along with our communities, environment, and world.

One such form of consumption we have become conscious of recently is shipping.  Sure, delivering goods long distances has existed for a very long time.  But with the dawning of internet based business over very recent history the trend of purchasing a higher percentage of our consumable goods online continues to increase.  We soon began to wonder in our own lives what impact occurred every time we clicked the “Buy It Now” button and a package showed up at our doorstep a few days later.  

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Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Veggie Bake

Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Veggie Bake 

I’m constantly on a quest to find nourishing recipes that are simple to make, stretch our budget farther, and make great leftovers.  This one fits the bill and was a hit with the whole family!  You can easily half it to serve four, but like I said, we like leftovers :).    

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“Put A Face On It”

“Put A Face On It”

When I asked the “mitten lady” how much time she put into making each pair of mittens her response of an hour and a half sounded fair.  Almost too fair for the $20, very fashionable and well crafted pair of mittens we had just bought for Joelle.  It helped put my mind at ease that we had just made a small but meaningful investment, not only in ourselves for the impending winter, but toward a skill, an art, a product, our community…. A person.

This past summer we challenged ourselves to “put a face” on our purchases as a family and this was just one of so many positive, personal, face to face interactions we had.

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