Sometimes we forget that food is greater than the sum of its contents! By that I mean that eating well isn’t just about balanced diet, macros, or ‘nutrition’. It’s about ‘nourishment’. Both for your body and for your soul.
For me, there’s a significant distinction between the terms ‘nutrition’ and ‘nourishment’ and this has totally shaped my more holistic approach to ‘healthy eating’.
Nutrition is about the nutrients we need to fuel our bodies in the correct way to prevent disease and to process food into energy.
Nourishment goes far beyond the actual food we put in our body. Good nourishment brings in a certain attitude to food; the way we shop and prepare food, an understanding of where it comes from and ultimately how we eat it. Good nourishment not only provides benefits such as improved health – gut health, digestion, immune function - but also improved mental wellbeing and mood, family unity and better sleep. It’s the difference between how you can #Enerjoy! your life with great tasting food, good energy, vitality and happiness, as opposed to just eating the right types of ‘healthy’ food.
Kate's 5 top tips to nourish you and your family
Top tip 1 - Plan meals and shop for food together
Choosing what you’re going to eat and making a shopping list together gets the whole family involved and enthused about their meal times. Use cookbooks, apps, instagram, tiktok, pinterest; whatever it takes to get inspired! This gives everyone an appreciation of the wealth of foods available, the time and effort it takes buying food, and also the size of the grocery bill!
Top tip 2 - Prepare food together
Involve the family in planning meals and encourage them into the kitchen to help. When they are old enough to be let loose in the kitchen, let them create their own meals. Take it in turns to cook! Have a look at the recipes section and get involved with #Cook5WithKate. It may create a mess, but trust me, that mess is worth it. When my children come home to stay I hardly do any of the cooking these days, as they take over the kitchen, and thankfully, are better than
me at clearing up!
Top tip 3 - Eat meals together
Making this an integral part of family life will nourish much more than the body. Studies show that people who eat meals together regularly have a healthier attitude towards food. Enjoy the conviviality of eating good food together. It’s what I call ‘breaking the bread’. Try to relax, have a joke, talk about your problems and concerns, don’t make a thing about certain foods not being eaten but encourage everyone to try our new tastes. So switch off the TV and sit around the table. Of course, with our busy lives this isn’t always practical, especially during the week, but even one meal together once a week is better than none!
Top tip 4 - Get the knowledge!
We are bombarded by different food experiences and temptations. Peer pressure from friends (and that’s not just the kids!), role models, TV advertising, fast food outlets and supermarket promotions all play their part. The more you find out about how food can fuel good energy and better mental health, the more you can become the influencer rather than the influenced!
A massive thumbs-up to Christian Ronaldo who knocked the share price of Coca Cola when he pushed two bottles off the stage during the Euros 2020 and grabbed the water instead! We need more role models like this…
Why not download the free #Enerjoy! resources here and have a quick read?
Top tip 5 - Engage with where your food comes from
I love showing people, especially kids, where pine nuts come from when we’re making my pesto recipe in workshops. The nut can be found in each scale, or kernel, on a pine cone – that’s why they are so expensive! It’s not always that practical to grow your own food of course (in this respect I’m a complete failure) but a few herbs, strawberries or tomatoes in a pot helps us connect in a deeper way with what we throw down our gullets and allows us to appreciate and
respect the fact that food is not indispensable. Buying local too, as well as reducing your carbon footprint, allows us to appreciate the provenance and seasonality of food.