Nourish the cells
It's easy to get caught up in a focus on being healthy. Sometimes, and for many of us, it can become overwhelming and get out of hand. This may lead to guilt, self-blame, and this feeling that we're not enough; not doing enough, not trying enough, not having enough willpower, not being skinny enough, etc.
We may have these thoughts:
- "I shouldn't have just eaten that...it's so unhealthy."
- "I said I'd exercise today and I didn't... what's wrong with me?"
- "I'm going on a detox juice cleanse for 2 weeks... starting today!"
- "I'm going to meditate or do yoga for 30 minutes every single day... starting Monday."
These intentions are often admirable and pure, but they can also lead to unhealthy relationships with food, activity, and self-care rituals. Remember that we choose to eat nutritious foods and be active because it's considered healthy for our bodies. Is it healthy to constantly give ourselves a hard time for our food choices or for our actions?
We encourage trying to shift the focus towards making conscious decisions that nourish the cells with wholesome food, enjoyable physical activity, and self-care rituals that feel good. Doing it because we genuinely enjoy it and not because we feel like we have to do it.
Nourish the soul
As important as it is to nourish our cells, we encourage giving our soul the same amount of attention. We can do this by occasionally enjoying a treat because we feel like it, and not as a result of using food as a reward or punishment. We can have a meal out with friends because we enjoy spending time with them, even if the food isn't necessarily the most nutritious. Or we can do yoga twice a week instead of every day because we also want to make time to enjoy our other hobbies. Honour that these, too, are making healthy choices and fueling our souls.
Beware of getting caught in the numbers, the strict rules, the 'good foods' vs. 'bad foods' mindset, and the feeling that you are not enough. Honour your decisions by making them conscious decisions. Ask yourself, "does this nourish my cells?" If not, then ask yourself, "does it nourish my soul?" If yes, then continue without hesitation and enjoy!
Keep in mind that compassion is the best gift we can give to ourselves. Have wholesome food, do what you enjoy, and make time for taking care of yourself. Nourishing the cells and the soul helps to nourish you as a whole, and here at Pick Up Limes, that is what we keep dear to our heart.
- Nourish the cells: we can fuel our cells by eating wholesome, nutritious, and delicious foods that provide us with an abundance of nutrients such as vitamins and minerals.
- Nourish the soul: we can energize our soul by listening to our hunger cues to decide what to eat, when to eat, and how much to eat.
- It's not only honouring our hunger: Participating in movement that we truly enjoy and taking time for our own self-care helps to nourish the cells and the soul.
Discussion & Rating
I stumbled on your videos a few months ago after I was diagnosed with cancer and was looking for ways to do my part in what I can control. I truly enjoy the ingredients you use, love to cook, and have enjoyed your recipes. What makes you and your site special is the way you highlight the true beauty of the raw and prepared foods- it’s inspiring and presented in a very calming beautiful manner. Thank you for coming into my life in an otherwise stressful time. Love you Sadia.
I think you are really wonderful. I started watching you hear and their about. 1/30 yes ago and I always love things you show and the kind gentle way you explain them. I have cooked some of your recipes and enjoyed them all. I am really hoping to become fully vegan very soon, for me and my health. Please continue and don't change to much. I think you are doing a great job. It was also really sweet seeing your wedding proposal. Good luck with every thing guys.
I am so excited to have stumbled upon your YouTube Chanel! I have suffered with chronic pain, migraines, and hormonal issues for several years. I was a strict vegetarian for one1/2 ish years, Haha! I fell away from my healthy eating habits and began to notice horrible and constant inflammation that seems to be food related. I love the recipes and can’t wait to get cooking!
Thank you for all that you do!
"Keep in mind compassion is the best gift we can give ourselves." Beautiful!
can you link the recipe for the drool worthy cookie in the header? thanks!!