If there is one thing I’ve learnt on my hormonal health journey it’s that our emotional health is just as if not more important than the food we eat.
Don’t get me wrong, food is super important when it comes to our health, especially hormonal health, however what I’ve come to realize is when we agree to follow the voice of our ‘inner mean girl’ or our ‘ego’ this can disrupt all that we have physically fed our body with an intention to nourish it, however falling short in the ability to digest and absorb much of its goodness.
Think of a time when you have been stressed or anxious whilst eating a meal.
What was your appetite like?
How did you feed yourself, was it mindfully or did you scoff it down just to ease your jitters or to numb out?
Did you feel bloated, lethargic or just physically uncomfortable?
These are all symptoms of something greater than purely the food we have eaten—food intolerances/allergies the exception, of course.
Our mind is not separate from our body as science tells us, the Vagus nerve allows for direct communication between our brain and our gut. There are many ways in which we can create a nourished body that goes beyond the food we eat.
Here are a few that you may like to start implementing into your daily life:
· Create a calm and relaxing environment during meal times – creating a nurturing setting for meal times allows for your nervous system and therefore, digestive system to assimilate and digest the lovely meal you have prepared with ease and joy. Light a candle, play some chill-out music and put all screens away.
· Appreciation – My husband and I often share 3 things we are grateful for or appreciate in our lives over a meal or just before bedtime. This brings both of us into the present moment, allowing room for the less positive chatter of our mind to take a back seat, even if just for a little while.
· Stillness and breath work – These both create an anchor point for us to increase our ‘rest and digest’ state, allowing our nervous system to calm down, feel safe and for our mind and body to return to the present moment, creating space for a deeper sense of inner peace and digestion of the food we eat.
· Body kindness – Being mindful of how we speak to our body. Awareness is key with this, so next time you talk trash to your body, catch yourself out, apologise and voice one thing that you appreciate about your body instead. You don’t have to use the love word it could be something simple like, “I’m so grateful for my strong legs.”
· Pleasure – Make sure you are incorporating pleasure into your life on a consistent basis. Whether that be, sipping on your fav hot drink whilst reading a book, dancing or moving your body in a way that feels amazing, having a salt bath, brunch with your bestie or upping your intimacy with yourself or partner. It’s pleasure that increases our feel good hormones and allows for a calmer nervous system.
· Finding joy in your day – Even on the days you may feel crappy, actually, especially on those days, find something that brings a smile to your face or crack a laugh. Lighten your day by finding the joy in it, which will assist in brightening your mood.
Remember, imrpoving your health is a journey not a race. Looking at it from a holistic viewpoint allows room to bring awareness to our mind, body and soul. This creates a deeper understanding of where perhaps a little more attention may need to be placed to bring you back to wholeness.
So, just know that you can eat all the organic greens in the world but, if your mind is saying “you’re not good enough,” “you’ll never be a success,” the fear and anxiety that is created will not allow for the goodness of those greens to be absorbed and utilised by your body properly.
I’d love to hear how you go with implementing some of the lifestyle practices mentioned above. Comment below or reply to, Sammy@sammyjpearson.com.
In health and happiness,