While it is important to feed our bodies with nutrition, food alone is not the only part to true health. Our philosophy is that everything we consider as a source of nutrition is really just a secondary source of nourishment. The foods you eat are secondary to all of the other things that feed you.
According to MacMillan dictionary the definition of food is “that which is eaten to sustain life, provide energy, and promote the growth and repair of tissues; nourishment.” We need “food” to provide vitamins and minerals to the cells of our body however we are also fed by the energy and relationships we have in our lives. Nourishment of any kind is a source of energy. The relationships we have impact our energy levels and the choices we make about food.
Have you ever made choices about food based on your feelings? You had a bad day at work and decide to grab an ice cream on the way home. Your child gets a bad grade on a test and decides to grab a bag of chips and lament in their room. There is a break up with a significant other, where you either don’t want to eat at all or find yourself craving the favorite snack of choice.
Sometimes the pain that we feel from unhappy relationships is powerfully strong and deep, and can make us feel unable to even function in life. Our relationships are a powerful form of energy to our well-being and can help to fulfill us in so many different ways.
If we truly want to obtain optimal health, it is important to take a look at all of our relationships. Relationships with kids, parents, spouse, friends, self and spirituality help to define our attitude and energy levels and ultimately who we are in life. Whether you are looking are improving your own health, or focusing on your child’s health, take a look at the relationships in their life and see where there might be an issue that could be impacting their overall health. Any relational issues could be impacting the food choices that are made and the actual nutrients physically comsumed from food sources.