Well, hello there, February! And a happy half birthday to me!
Does anyone else even care about half birthdays? Only me? That’s okay. Since my husband and my birthdays are only a day apart, I recently started appreciating my half birthday a lot more. 25 1/2 is a big deal! I’m halfway to 26 over here! And I clearly will take any reason to celebrate.
At the beginning of each new month, I always take time to ask God what He’s speaking for the month, any scriptures to hold on to and believe for, and to set new goals and boundaries. Taking the year month by month instead of all at once is much more sustainable and less overwhelming for me. So that’s what I do. This month, in addition to the balance word He spoke last month, I felt Him highlight the word nourish. As I’ve been thinking about the concept of nourishing, I’ve found that this is a game-changer word for me.
Here are some definitions of the word nourish:
- to supply with what is necessary for life, health, growth, and good condition.
- to cherish, foster, keep alive, strengthen, and build up
It’s time to shift to a nourishment mindset. To nourish doesn’t mean to hold back, restrain, restrict, cut back and hold back. Let’s break this down according to the definition above, shall we? It’s time to supply what we need for:
- Life- This means doing the things that I love and am passionate about rather than being consumed with thoughts about my fitness and food choices. It’s time to re-define what I want the big picture of my life to be about, which I don’t think includes being consumed by my own selfish vanity. That’s a really vulnerable thing to say, but do I really want to look back on my life just to see that it was defined by calorie-counting, food restriction, fear of certain foods, and over-exercise? Is all of that worth it to me, or you?
- Health- Since I’m in a season of redefining health, this may be a little muddy to me, but I know it means listening to my body. When I’m hungry, I take that as my body’s alarm to eat instead of to feel shame that I only ate 2 1/2 hours ago, and even though it was just an apple and some almonds, so I should shut down my hunger pangs because I’m not “supposed to be” hungry. It means a balance of exercise, healthy eating, and enjoying life.
- Growth- How do I need to be growing in this season of my life? Do I need to grow in loving my husband well? (Let me just tell you already that’s a big YES). Am I supplying myself with what is necessary to do that? Do I need to grow somehow in my relationship with Jesus? In my skill for my job? In my running goals? In my mindset? In my self-confidence and insecurity? A lot of times, we associate getting healthy with becoming less…getting skinnier, leaner, more fit. But when we have a nourishment mentality, our mindset changes into how we can grow. There’s a big difference in these ways of thinking!
- Good Condition- This one, in my opinion, is the most important part of this definition. When I sold my car this past weekend, I realized that what condition my car is not only matters by how it looks on the outside…in fact, that is a very very small tiny small miniscule part of determining the value of my car. The most important thing to look at is the inside– how does the engine work? Are the seats torn up? Does the air conditioning work? Etc. It’s the same with us. In our culture, we so easily determine someone’s “condition” based on how they hold up on the outside. Maybe we physically show how we’re actually doing on the inside…I know when I’m tired, I sure as heck can’t hide it that well and everyone notices. But there’s so much more to a person– to you– than a good outside. The inside is where our true condition lies. Make sure your insides– physical, mental, emotional– are in good condition.
- Cherish, Foster- Be honest with yourself here– do you truly cherish yourself? In other words, do you protect and take care of yourself lovingly? This includes health, food, and exercise, of course, but are you cherishing yourself emotionally? Do you think good thoughts about yourself and live from truth? Or do you live in a putting-down and punishing mindset? If so, is that really helping you thrive? Is that fostering your dreams, goals, vision, and destiny?
- Strengthen, Build Up- There are so many things in our culture, the media, & the world around us that tear us down daily. Whether it’s all the ads with women and their perfect bodies or the hurtful thing your roommate said to you last week, we just need more positivity in our lives. Don’t give in to the world by further tearing yourself down. Be different. Choose to strengthen yourself. Build yourself up physically, spiritually, mentally.
Well, maybe that was a little intense. 🙂 God is taking me on a journey and I just want to bring you guys into it. My goal with this blog has always been to help people live healthier…and if that means preventing someone from making the same mistakes I have, then I’ve reached my goal & purpose of even writing on this thing. My prayer is for us to shift to a nourishment mindset together and see our lives transformed…not just physically but in all aspects.
Here are some blog posts that have been really insightful and helpful for me recently & are related to this topic:
Is Your Paleo Challenge Justifying Disordered Eating? by PaleoParents blog
The Massive Fitness Trend That’s Not Actually Healthy At All by Greatist.com
Clean Eating Our Way to New Disordered Eating? by Salon.com
#1 Reason You’re Not Losing Weight on Paleo by Summer Innanen
And just for pure kicks & giggles to finish us off here, I bring you me & my car in 2005 when I got it, and me & my car in 2015, right before I sold it. The car looks the same on the outside, but definitely not in the same condition 😉
This is a hearty spaghetti sauce that’s simple to make and perfect over noodles, zoodles, or even the way I like it– over fresh spinach. I wish I had better pictures to display it in all it’s glory, but I was too busy chomping it down. Oops! Check it out!
Roasted Butternut Squash & Turkey Spaghetti Sauce
- 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes (a heaping 2 cups of butternut squash)
- 1 tsp coconut oil or olive oil
- 1 tsp rosemary
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 pound lean ground turkey breast
- 3 cloves crushed garlic
- 1 tbsp ground dried italian seasoning
- 3 cups sugar free pizza/spaghetti sauce of choice (make yours homemade by following my easy recipe here)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a baking dish, toss your butternut squash cubes, oil, rosemary, oregano, and garlic powder, then place in the oven for 20 minutes.
- While butternut squash is baking, add your turkey to a deep pan over medium-high heat and start cooking, breaking it up and stirring frequently. Add the garlic and italian seasoning and continue cooking until the turkey is almost cooked all the way through.
- At this point, the butternut squash should be finished baking. Remove from the oven and add to your pot with the turkey and garlic. Mix well and allow to cook until turkey is cooked all the way through.
- Add the sauce to the pot, mix, and cover. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for about 5 minutes. In this time you can prepare your spaghetti squash or pasta of choice (I personally like it over fresh greens…whatever suits your fancy).
- Remove from heat, mix again, and serve over spaghetti squash, pasta, or greens. Enjoy!