Summer is the season to play, relax, rejuvenate, have fun, be spontaneous and take a break from daily routine and structure. It is the time of year to eat cooling foods, lots of raw fresh fruits and vegetables and sip on home-brewed iced teas or coconut water on ice. It’s the time to swim, take a holiday, go to festivals, sit under a tree, take in the city and simply enjoy life.
This summer, I encourage you to nourish your soul. Find the things you love to do that truly feed your spirit. A perfect run, a walk in nature, hiking in the mountains, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, sun tanning, entertaining, reading a book, gardening, traveling, lying in a hammock, biking, watching the sunset, stargazing, whatever it may be, find it and do it!
Notice what happens to your relationship with food and body when you nourish your soul. Do you binge less, crave less, obsess less about what to eat? Do you look at your body differently? Do you feel better about yourself? Is it easier to eat healthier and to choose more nutritious foods? Do you find that when you are feeding your soul, you are more satisfied and satiated?
When we don’t nourish our soul we often feel unfulfilled, bored, unsatiated, unsettled, restless and unsatisfied, so it is common for many people to turn to food to fill the void. This is when our relationship with food is often challenged. Food becomes the means to feel pleasure and joy, to satiate a desire for something and the act of eating gives us something to do.
The key is to find where life nourishes you. When your soul is fed, notice how differently you feed your body. We often focus on feeding the physical body to make ourselves feel better, but sometimes we have to feed our soul first to truly make a shift in our relationship with food.
Have a nourishing summer!
To listen to my previously recorded webinar: Seasonal Eating: Transitioning to a Summer Diet and Lifestyle, go to: http://amybondarsummersession.podomatic.com