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More To Health Than Just Food


When was the last time you took the time to smell the flowers? It is very easy to get caught up in all the details of healthy living- you know the whole balanced meal, daily exercise, pop the supplements thing. I’ll admit that I often fall victim to the day-to-day healthy living practices thing and fail to follow along with many of the emotional health stuff. The fun, if you will. The playing.

Let me ask you this… What is your favourite hobby? Do we even have hobbies anymore? We all need other things in our lives to create TOTAL health.

Here are some of my tips, from this post that I wrote a year ago about staying healthy that has nothing to do with what you eat.

Meghan’s Guide To Making Love Outside The Kitchen

Cry Over Spilled Milk

  • When we keep it in we get sick. Emotions and feelings that are repressed, will end in illness in one form or another. We all have our inherent weaknesses but there is no need to find out what those weaknesses are. Talk it out, share feelings, and most importantly, be real about what you’re feeling.

Follow Your Gut and Make The Decision

  • My friend Jay always says to me “When there’s doubt, there’s no doubt”. If we follow our instinct, we will never have to make another decision again in our life.

Create Solutions and Make Peace With Them

  • We may choose to view ourselves as victims of circumstance but for the most part, we create our circumstance and therefore have the power to change it.  Positive change results from positive action. Negative circumstance results from negative reaction.

A Cute Outfit Means Nothing If You Feel Like Shit

  • We’ll spend more money on a consultation for colours to paint our walls than on consultations to resolve our health issues. People who hide from reality and pretend like everything is sunshiney, glossy and perfect all the time  are those in the most pain. It’s okay to have bad days.

It Is What It Is

  • Acceptance of ourselves- our appearance,  our relationships,  our health,  our family,  our friends…  We must accept things just as they are. Refusing acceptance is the surest way to create our own suffering. If we can simply accept things as they are, we begin to eliminate negative emotions from our lives that include jealousy, envy, competition, criticism, destruction and dissatisfaction.

Laughter Is The Best Medicine

  • When was the last time you had a good laugh? The kind where you can’t catch your breath and tears are rolling down your cheeks? If you can’t remember it has been way too long.

Another of my absolute fave things for helping me feel super powered healthy from top to bottom, is of course, meditation.

Question of The Day: What Activities Nourish You?

55 responses to “More To Health Than Just Food”

  1. Monika says:

    Dancing in the sun nourishes me :-) And eating freshly picked berries

  2. Dani @ Body By Nature says:

    Such great advice! My favourite is “it is what it is” love it.
    ps. super adorable pic!

  3. jamie says:

    GREAT POST MEGHAN!!! Love it!
    Things that nourish me; yoga, meditation, sunshine, reading a great book, a great cup of tea, cooking and good music!!
    Amazing Pic!! Love sunflowers!!

  4. Kelly Johnson says:

    Knitting nourishes me. Knitting is relaxing for me. I get lost in my knitting and I think it is for me what meditation must be like for others (I have never tried it). I am currently knitting socks, socks and more socks, so in the end I have had a wonderfully relaxing time and I have a beautiful pair of socks for myself or to give away as a gift. How rewarding is that !

    • Cara - Making Love In The Kitchen says:

      Love it!

    • Shauna says:

      Totally! I’m with you 100%. Knitting teaches patience, craftsladyship, appreciation of beauty in small things and a million other things all while you make something useful or beautiful for someone you love (including yourself, of course).

      Any sort of outdoor sport (and I use “sport” loosely – my family paddles only when necessary, and I bring books with me on long bike rides so I can properly appreciate a view) will also even me out and get my perspective back in whack.

  5. Carrie says:

    Snuggling with my sweet pups nourishes me

  6. Jes says:

    What a beautiful list of how to stay healthy & loving outside of food :) I need those reminders everyday–it’s just too easy to get caught up in the day to day.

  7. Megan says:

    Using my bike to run errands nourishes me. The feeling of self-reliance is great! I love this post :)

  8. Jeana says:

    There are many things that nourish me, but riding my bike has an immediate effect for me. Even at my grumpiest, as soon as I hop on my bike I feel like a kid again. I just can’t be grumpy on my bike!

  9. Jackie (Peaces of Earth) says:

    Yes!!! Love this, health is so much more than food!! I guess this has to do with food but cooking nourishes me. The art of it, the smells and tastes, chopping…everything about it makes me so happy! I also love photography, being outside in the sun, yoga, and getting silly with my friends.

    I was actually going to buy your guided meditation so if I could win it that would be even more special. :) I follow you on twitter and am a fan on Facebook.

  10. Allison says:

    taking long walks in the woods at my parents’ cabin….

  11. Sarah L. says:

    Cups of tea, long bike rides, trips to the farmer’s market, being on farms, especially around horses, walking down to the lake and just sitting on the rocks listening to the water, cuddling and time spent with friends.

  12. Sarah L. says:

    I’m a fan on Facebook. :)

  13. Claire says:

    I love jumping on the trampoline with my nieces or cuddling with my kitties:-)cc

  14. Sham Z. says:

    Listening to great music, having a cup of tea, writing in my journal and a healthy meal are some of the things that make me feel nourished….

  15. Lorna says:

    Walking my dog nourishes me – it takes so little to make your animal so happy

  16. val says:

    Spending a morning lying in bed reading.

  17. Lauren says:

    Yoga and meditation nourish me, and so does spending time with people I love.

  18. Lauren says:

    I follow you on twitter (@sheisarunner)

  19. Juliana says:

    Great post! Taking care of my plants nourish me :-)

  20. Ellen says:

    i am nourished by sunshine & sleep– even the two together!

  21. Ellen says:

    i follow you on twitter @ellen1214

  22. Janel says:

    Great post! Things that nourish me: cooking, produce, exercise, and long talks with my fiance

  23. Vanessa says:

    Until this summer I had no hobbies. I worked, I went to the gym, and I watched TV. This summer I discovered my love for gardening and making jewelry. I turned my balcony into a jungle and opened an Etsy shop.

    I feel like I have interests and passions now, and as nerdy as it sounds, my flowers and homegrown tomatoes make me sooo happy :)

    • Meghan Telpner says:

      Nerdy is cool! I am with you on both. I often think of opening an Etsy shop but then I hear a voice in my head saying “Do you really need another project”?

  24. Jenny Gamble says:

    I am here on your page because I am new to discovering what nourishes me! Mom’s of young children tend to put themselves last and I have decided that in order for my kids to be happy & healthy than I need to learn to be healthy by eating right and finding thngs that I enjoy on my own. Just ordered my first yoga dvd & some books for myself that aren’t children related! I am going to give those a try along with learning great things to throw in my vitamix that previously was only used for fruit smoothies! Thanks for your site!

  25. Shannon says:

    My nourishment is waking up rested and snuggled in my bed, reading silly books and dancing… I have lots of hobbies that nourish me but they’ve gotten no time recently, been working on fixing that!

  26. Andrea T. says:

    I would love a copy of the program!
    Long walks, long showers, laughing with friends, cooking with friends.
    (Check my blog post from Saturday. You get a brief mention and you can watch video of David K playing with his food.)

    I’d already done a post about the cleanse today but I’ve edited it to mention this contest. My blog can’t be all Meghan, all the time. That’s what YOUR blog is for. :)

  27. Jennifer R. says:

    Let’s see — I’m nourished by the basics — sunshine and sleep. Having 3 kids means I don’t get much time to myself, but if I can get some sun and sleep, I’m good to go!

    Would love to win a copy of your meditations :) Thanks!

  28. Jennifer R. says:

    I follow you on twitter.

  29. Jennifer R. says:

    i joined your fb fan page.

  30. Brittany says:

    What nourishes me… I have no shame when it comes to me time. The best me time involves opening all the windows in the house and enjoying the fresh air with a good book and a big mug of hot tea. Also, hugs. :o)

  31. Leslie says:

    Working in my garden, harvesting my herbs and vegees, taking a swim, walking my dog and Kauai.

  32. Pain management New York says:

    Hello, its really nice and valuable information. i think yoga and meditation on daily routine is also an effective way for good health.

  33. Dmarie says:

    just learned that sunflowers attract bees. will definitely be planting some next year. will gladly join your facebook fans. :)

  34. Julie says:

    Nourishing… I copy my entry from FB over here: Taking a walk in the woods with my boyfriend, swimming in the lake, training (kickboxing – nothing so good for getting really powered out), getting lost in a good book, meditate.
    And I want to add: animals. The dogs of my boyfriend’s family, my cat – whenever I have the chance to be around animals, I feel so much more at peace. And being at peace definitely nourishes me ;)

  35. Lisa Chin HHC says:

    Cooking and eating my meal in peace

  36. Lisa Chin HHC says:

    part of your Facebook group

  37. Lisa Chin HHC says:

    follow you on Twitter

  38. Jodi Hildebrand says:

    sitting at my desk with a paintbrush in hand and a fresh new canvas in front of me is what nourishes me!

  39. Dori says:

    My family. I gave up a lot to have a family but at this stage it feels like I gave up what drained me and gained sooooo much more.

  40. Julia says:

    The three biggest things to nourish me…..
    Being anywhere in nature that involves shutting out the world and hearing nature at it’s best. I could be sitting, meditating, walking, swimming anywhere.
    Sitting outside eating breakfast watching the birds on the feeder(or yoga for that matter-me doing the yoga, not the birds).

    I’m on twitter and on the new FB page.


  41. Gloria says:

    Playing the piano transports me to another world where I am relaxed and unaware of what is going on around me. Also, petting my cats totally nourishes me at some deep, emotional level.

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