Is it officially fall? Maybe. I’m still in semi-denial about the whole winter is coming, fig season is over, and flip-flops are no longer conducive to the 10-day forecast thing. Anyway, while I could entertain you with the latest and greatest fixations of my brain, given that fall harbors a certain anchored kind of newness ripe with possibility and a slight chill is creeping through the crack in my bedroom window, what better time than the present to cozy up with a good read, get back to our roots, focus on the foundation of all things Urban Alchemy, and savor the simplicity of our Spirited Nutrition philosophy?
SPIRITED NUTRITION 101: THE SECRET TO KICKASS HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Welcome to our latest blog series: The Glossary - your new go-to resource for high vibe nutrition knowledge. Every month(ish) we’ll introduce, deconstruct, and (re)define the overarching big picture concepts integral to living a radically healthier, more conscious, totally inspired life.
To kickoff the series we’re starting with a concept that undermines virtually everything we do, we call it; Spirited Nutrition.
A fresh and practical approach to wellness, Spirited Nutrition is a concept that goes beyond diet, food, physical wellness, and totally transcends the scales. It’s about nourishing your whole life, from the inside out and feeding yourself, your whole self, mind, body, AND soul, with the nutrients it needs to thrive. Because we believe true health — the lasting kind that radiates from the inside out — isn’t found in calorie counting, restriction, fad diet trends, or even just “healthy” eating; true health — the feel amazing, look amazing, luminescent type of health — is the byproduct of a nourished mind, body, and spirit.
Spirited Nutrition can be broken down into 5 i’s: Intention, Individuality, In-joyment, Intuition and Inner Alchemy.
1. Intention -
Every action, whether we’re aware of it or not, is backed by intention — the why behind why you do what you do. Spirited Nutrition involves moving through life from a place of conscious intent. This includes being more intentional with how we treat our bodies, getting clear on what we really want, and mindfully setting intentions in alignment with how we really want to feel. (When it comes to Spirited Nutrition, the underlying premise is usually, feeling good.)
2. Individuality -
We are all beautifully unique which means what works for me, might not work for you and vice versa. Our bodies do not all respond to food, people or situations in the same exact way. Spirited Nutrition is about finding what works for you specifically, in all areas of your life (not just your plate). While this does take time to figure out, it’s an essential component to living, looking, and feeling your absolute best.
3. In-Joyment -
In order to be the greatest expression of yourself you can possibly be in this lifetime (which is, essentially the purpose of total mind, body, soul nourishment; or, Spirited Nutrition), you must be in in-joyment. In other words, you have to have fun, with your food, with your relationships, with your work, within all areas of your life.
4. Intuition -
By this we mean “tuning in” and actively paying attention. Contrary to the current social construct that encourages us to look outside of ourselves for answers, Spirited Nutrition invites us to look within. Because you can trust your body and your own inner wisdom to guide you to the things (foods included) that best support you.
5. Inner Alchemy -
Another big picture concept integral to living a radically healthier, more conscious, totally inspired life, Inner Alchemy or “inner work”, as it’s commonly referred to in the self-help sphere, is best defined as the journey within. To be more specific, it’s the process of internal discovery or the inner excavation and sometimes difficult investigation, into the depths of who “I” am, with the aim of bringing your “true” self back to light and out into the world.
We introduced the 5 i’s of Spirited Nutrition last summer but given that it undermines virtually everything we do, we wanted to bring it back to the forefront. If you like this multilevel look at nutrition let us know! Post up in the comment section and spread the love by forwarding this page to two of your friends.
BTW, which 'i' do you need to work on? I’m currently all about intention.
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