THE WELL ESSENTIALS elements
The Well Essential Elements are the foundational pieces of our health, food culture, and environment. When balanced, they allow for each person to live their healthiest life based on their own beliefs, culture, and experiences and less on fleeting health trends.
WELL ESSENTIAL #1: NOURISHMENT
Our food is meant to nourish our body, from our cells all the way to our hair, and skin. It is meant to provide us with the energy we need to thrive, and be the incredible people we are meant to be. But it is also one of the single most powerful ways that we connect with our environment, family, and culture. It is intertwined into our traditions, celebrations, and memories.
WELL ESSENTIAL #5: Sustainability
This beautiful world we live in is the greatest gift we were ever given. Luckily what is best for our bodies, tends to run in line with what is best for the environment as well. By choosing natural products, and supporting companies that are practicing fair trade, and organic solutions to growing and producing their products, we are choosing to support a healthier earth, and environment.
WELL ESSENTIAL #2: DIGESTION
Have you ever heard the saying "you are what you eat", well that's only partially correct, because actually "you are what you digest". It honestly doesn't matter if you have the cleanest diet, or drink liters of water a day. Without a well functioning digestive system your body may not be able to properly absorb and utilize all the good you are putting into it.
WELL ESSENTIAL #6: Exploration
Whether you love to travel the world (hey there fellow wanderlust-ers!) or prefer to stay close to home, exploration is an inherent part of being human. If you ever watch a toddler see something new for the first time, their reaction is captivating. The pure joy, and curiosity they feel is something we all have within us, and is connected to how we view the world around us.
WELL ESSENTIAL #3: REST
We live in a culture where somehow rest and self care has become less of a necessity and more of a luxury. Well, I am here to stand up for good rest, because without it our bodies are incapable of functioning to the best of their ability. When we don't allow ourselves to rest, our adrenals become fatigued leading to hormonal issues, and altered metabolism.
WELL ESSENTIAL #7: Spirituality & reflection
This may be one of the most critical elements to find balance in because it requires getting outside of your own busy mind, and taking a hard, honest, look at your life. Part of living a healthy life is being able to adapt and grow with grace. Yet without some kind of spirituality and self reflection, it is nearly impossible to grow into the people we are meant to be.
WELL ESSENTIAL #4: MOVEMENT
Moving your body is so important to achieving a healthy life. By moving our bodies everyday we increase our endorphin and serotonin levels, making us (you guessed it!) happier, which helps combat stress, and maintain a healthy weight. But finding balance when it comes to fitness is also important. Focus on consistency, and find what works best for you.
WELL ESSENTIAL #8: Love
If I asked you to list the three people in your life who you love the most, would YOU make it into that list? Loving yourself is at the center of health because it is what motivates us to make the best choices in our lives. It also is important to surround yourself with people who love and care about you. Love is so much more than a feeling, it is a vital part of life that makes us feel alive.