Nutrition First, Mind and Spirit Next

Holistic Living focuses on three interconnecting aspects of the human being: the mind, the body, and the spirit. It is only through the healing and maintenance of all three of these sides that one can fully live, and ultimately heal, holistically. Tackling all three of these aspects at once could be quite taxing, however; I will attempt to adjust and heal each side of myself one at a time, step by step, beginning with my body and, specifically, my nutrition.

In my research on the holistic lifestyle, I have come across several different blogs and websites preaching of the benefit of moderation, choosing fresh, whole, and organic foods, and drinking plenty of water. Adopting these lifestyle changes has an inevitable impact on not only one’s physical health, but also one’s mental health and emotional well-being.

According to a recent video published on Healthy Holistic Living, nutritional deficiencies are direct causes of mood disorders such as depression and panic disorders. Now, not all of us may be suffering from mood disorders of this severity, but I believe if nutrition plays such an integral impact on those suffering from such disorders, a simple improvement in diet and nutrition will definitely improve an emotionally healthy individual’s emotional well-being.

So how am I going to adjust my diet in order to better my nutritional intake and general mood?

Well, I’m starting with a grocery shopping spree! Broke college students such as myself struggle to find affordable and quick meal solutions. Dorm food and the plethora of chain restaurants, burger joints, and Mexican grills definitely do not help in this nutrition dilemma either. With that being said, a trip to the local Hy-Vee is a must. Let the search for cheap, fresh, organic, and whole foods begin!

Next step – learning new recipes to cook all of this food and boost my Holistic Living repertoire. But that will require another blog post, of course.

Until Next Time!

Rachel