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Eat Your Soul Greens

No doubt about it: you are what you eat.

When you want to be healthy, you’re told to “eat your greens.”  Great advice, certainly.  But yummy kale, scrumptious chard, and delicious bok choy alone do not make a nourished, vibrant, and satisfying life.

You and I both know your life is bustling.  And you LIKE it that way, for the most part.  But to continue moving at this active pace, there are other things besides eating your veggies and getting in your hour of cardio that keep you going.  Hint: it’s not just more coffee!

Eating good food is just one piece of the puzzle.  Exercise is another, of course. And yet, there are other “ingredients” that go into a life that is healthy, balanced, mighty and whole.

I call these your “soul greens”.

Here are a few nourishing soul green suggestions:

  • Movement. This goes well beyond just exercise—it’s about being active and feeling alive in your body.  Can you take the stairs instead of the elevator?   Ride your bike to the store for a quick out & back trip instead of driving the car?  Get out on the grass in your bare feet for an afternoon stretchfest?  Hug somebody?
  • Quality Time. This is about who matters to you most—and then taking time to be present with them.  Do you sit down for meals with family or housemates at least once a week (or everyday)?  Do you end the week with family time, or date night, or what a friend of mine calls “lonesies” (that is, taking time to recharge and be with yourself)?  Hint: cooking and meal prep can be great quality time!
  • Beauty. When you look around your home, do you feel at peace, held, and supported?  Okay, so maybe stuff is strewn about like something exploded.  But it’s not about an immaculate living space… it’s about creating an environment that feels like home—and beautiful!  It doesn’t need to be expensive.  A simple vase of flowers or fresh clementines in a bowl can add everyday sparkle to your space.  Can you think of one visual treat you could bring into your surroundings that would make you smile every time you see it?
  • Stillness.  Yes, you read correctly.  This can be a tough one for many of us.  But I’ve found that with all my activity (which I love!), I also need quiet time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate.  I’ve actually hired a meditation teacher to help me with this—I’ll let you know how it goes!  But there are plenty of other ways to stop being a human “doing” and become a human being again.  Sitting and drinking a cup of tea.  Yoga.  Going for a walk, without thinking of your to-do list.   Enjoying lunch outside and watching the world around you.

When I’m really on top of my game, I’ve noticed that I’m not only eating well and exercising, but I’m also partaking in my soul green habits, too.

I think about eating my soul greens the same way I think about food and nutrition: you won’t find the answers in a book written by someone else.  It really comes down to figuring out what makes YOU feel more alive and energetic (and noticing what doesn’t).  After all, your soul greens can help you “keep pace” with your bustling life…and make sure you’re not too busy to miss it.

I invite you to share your own soul greens menu and post about it in the comments section below.

6 Comments

  • Jenny says:

    This is so true!! You need a tripod like balance between food, exercise and your spirit/happiness. For the soul greens, my menu includes: hobby night, girls night out, and reading for an hour Sunday morning. I like what you said about stillness – sitting on the porch watching my cat enjoy the sun fits in there. And for some beauty, I need more fun flower vases and flowers in my life!

  • Alyssa says:

    I whole heartedly agree! I love my Friday afternoon outdoor lunches where I get to sit and simply enjoy my surroundings and people watch. Thanks for helping me remember that my soul greens are not me being selfish, taking too much time for myself or doing my own thing… I’m doing them to feed my soul and make me more balanced in the rest of my life!

  • Elise says:

    Alyssa,
    A lot of people, especially women, struggle with the balance between self-care and feeling selfish. Your soul greens will impact everything else you do in a positive way. Thanks for sharing!

  • Hi Elise! LOVE your post! I 100% agree. Just like my company states, FOOD. FITNESS. WELL-BEING. Hope you are well! Would love to catch up soon! -Kirsten

  • Elise says:

    Hi Kirsten, I have always been a fan of Running With Forks. I look forward to hearing about all the different ways you are inspiring people!

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