Holistic Nutrition

"Let thy medicine be thy food." -Hippocrates

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Imagine your body as a car. Your car takes you everywhere; school, work, home, grocery store, road trips, etc. You wouldn’t expect your car to run off fumes while going on a road trip would you?  On the contrary, you would provide fuel and fine tune your vehicle and make sure everything is aligned before hitting the road. 


In another scenario, consider your body as a tree. Would you plant your tree in nutrient-poor, dry soil, without sunlight or water and expect it to grow? I would assume not, nor would we treat our body as such. In the same manner that we tend to our plant gardens is how we should tend for ourselves. It takes the proper balance of sunlight without over exposure or drying out the plant. Such as the balance of water, you won’t water your plant one day and not water it for a couple days only to later drown it with water days later. It takes the proper balance of nutrients and care to have your plant grow as well as the body.


Often times you’ll find that in Eastern cultures an emphasis on the balance of opposing forces known as the yin and the yang. Yin and Yang embody balance, and duality; neither is good nor bad instead they work together to create harmony. Consider this balance and envision it in all areas of life. On a metaphysical level, we coexist in harmony when mind, body, and spirit are all connected promoting optimal health as well as aligning us to our higher self and collective purpose.


The scientific word for balance and harmony within an organism is homeostasis. Homeostasis occurs in the body when all cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems work together to promote a healthy environment and prevent disease on the inside of the body. Where as, an imbalanced environment can lead to disease in the body. Our organs work alongside each other to perform specific functions as a system to create homeostasis within our body. There are 12 organs systems to tend to; integumentary (skin), immune, lymphatic, respiratory, cardiovascular, blood, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, gastrointestinal (digestive), neurological (nervous), and musculoskeletal.  Our physical body requires these functions; intake of vital substances, removal of waste, defense against threats, regeneration and repair for our survival.


Here is where nutrition comes into play; in the physical aspect. In order to create harmony for our physical body we need to sustain our bodies through physical movement and nutrition. Our physical bodies can not function at optimal health if we do not fuel it with the proper amount of vitamins and nutrients needed to run efficiently.


In order to effectively achieve your wellness goals, you must first understand how the body works optimally. Through learning body awareness we can identify what is going on in the body, if there any internal issues and consider how nutrition can bring our body back to health and balance. By promoting physical health and nutrition (body), we can create a ripple affect within ourselves. We can influence and promote healthy feelings/emotions (spirit), which in turn lead to positive thoughts (mind). This is our connection between mind, body, and spirit. 


Life is about balance on all levels. Are you ready to embark on this journey?

 It is time to step into your high self and seek coexistence within mind, body, and spirit.


-Eileen Sarai-