One of Tara's go-to phrases that she shares in our workshops and interviews is, "Support your body so that it can support you." She's typically referring to nutritional support, such as vitamins and minerals that enhance physical vitality and mental resilience. And this always made sense to me. I mean, of course you have to supply your body with certain nutrients so that it can function optimally. But it wasn't until the shit hit the fan and we all had to stay home due to the coronavirus that I truly began to understand this phrase, not just conceptually, not just at the surface level, not just related to vitamins and minerals, but to understand and feel that truly nourishing myself on a variety of levels supports me in doing the things that I want to do, the things I am called to do, the things I must do.
In the first week of "stay home, stay safe", I threw all of my eating practices out the window and went into full on comfort mode. I was either trying to soothe myself or I was using it as an excuse to not have any boundaries for a little while, both of which are fine and understandable. However, I quickly found that this was not a sustainable practice and I began to experience the repercussions of mindless eating. My mood changed, my energy level changed, my sleep changed and I became really snippy with my partner. And yes, I recognize that all of these responses are also typical in crisis and isolation, but it is specifically because of that that I realized I needed to be even more loving in my food choices during this time, not less, choosing foods that support my nervous system during this collective trauma, foods that enable me to stay active, engaged, and supportive of myself and others.
I remembered Tara's words, "Support your body so that it can support you" and a light went off. Of course! This is what she's talking about. Out of love for myself and others, I began to shift back into choosing more vegetables, less sugar and processed foods and drinking more water. I started to think of my daily walks and bike rides in a completely new way. I cherished the brief moments of face time on zoom with my friends and family with a new perspective. I rededicated myself to my daily meditation practice, which had been slightly slipping for a week or two (which is so so rare for me). And I remembered that nourishment happens on a variety of levels. I remembered that true nourishment supports me in feeling alive, capable, sane, and connected, and it restores my desire to be available to others.
So it's fine if your coronavirus life involves a bit of deregulation, but I invite you to notice the effects of that on your whole system, and to make choices for yourself that feel loving and nourishing. And know that we are here to help.
And I'll ask Tara to create a little image with some brain and body nourishing foods that I'll include below. Just gotta text her. Take care.
Ok, here it is:
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