– A healthy family is filled with joy and a nourishment of love –
Joy filled nourishment is a way of life that takes into account practices from both the nutrition and mental health fields.
The idea behind joy filled nourishment is two-fold–eating nourishing foods will improve your mental health, and being mentally healthy will compel you to eat nourishing foods.
Creating a balance between mental and physical health is very important to us.
Your emotional health plays an important role in your ability to maintain a nutrient-rich diet.
It is widely known that people who are dealing with excessive amounts of stress or who are suffering from depression often eat poorly. They may overeat to cope with the pain of their predicament, or they may consume unhealthy foods to slip into a temporary state of bliss.
On the other hand, people who are emotionally well or who are able to properly regulate their emotions often engage in healthy eating habits; they use food to nourish their bodies rather than to manage emotional dysregulation.
This is why joy is so vital to healthy eating. Joyful people are more inclined to make healthier choices than their less joyful counterparts.
People experiencing happiness are already residing in a feel-good state, so they are not going to seek out foods that will ultimately make them feel bad physically or emotionally nor are they going to use food as an emotional crutch.
A healthy diet can affect your body in a variety of ways.
First, it helps you lose excess weight or maintain a healthy weight. When you engage in mindful eating, you are much more aware of how many calories you are taking in and the kinds of nutrients you are ingesting.
This awareness prevents you from consuming foods that will trigger inflammation or make you pack on extra pounds of fat.
Second, a healthy diet can reduce your risk of contracting certain diseases related to the cardiovascular, immune, and digestion systems.
The influx of nutrients taken in when you eat a healthy diet will help your body fight off disease-causing pathogens in your blood and gut.
Lastly, a healthy diet can ameliorate the condition of your skin, bones, and teeth.
If you eat nutritious foods, you should be able to consume enough minerals, vitamins, and liquids to keep your bones and teeth strong and your skin supple.
A healthy diet can affect your mind in many different ways.
First, it can improve your memory. Healthy foods contain nutrients like vitamin B that enhance brain function.
Second, there are studies that suggest that eating healthy can decrease a person’s risk of developing dementia as they age. Unhealthy foods consists of toxins that can lead to plaque build-up in the brain and diminish cognitive function.
Third, a healthy diet can better a person’s mental health. Research has indicated that unhealthy foods containing refined sugars can exacerbate mood disorders like depression.
We often think about what we eat, but fail to think about where we eat. It is beneficial to eat and cook in an inviting environment.
If, for example, you have a kitchen that is very messy and unappealing, you will probably feel less motivated to spend the time cooking nutritious foods. If your kitchen isn’t inviting, you may just grab whatever food is readily available which is often junk or fast food.
More than being clean and organized, your kitchen needs to be a place that you feel at home. Good lighting and ample storage space can make all the difference in creating a kitchen that you actually want to cook in.
When I was a first time home buyer, a larger kitchen with enough storage was a big priority for my new home. There were several houses I looked at but ultimately decided against based on the kitchen.
If you’re not in the market for a new home and a kitchen renovation is out of the question, focus on organization and lighting that makes your kitchen as inviting as possible.
Consider what sort of space allows you to enjoy cooking, and work towards it.
When the kitchen is a welcoming center of your home, you’re more likely to spend time cooking, eating, and sharing with those you love there.
A welcoming kitchen is a key to a life of joy filled nourishment.