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As I strolled down the few isles of the health store yesterday, I stumbled upon a wonderful finding: a VEGAN SECTION. First of it’s kind in Guatemala (or it was new for me at least). And I was fascinated by the mere fact that things seem to be turning even though we don’t care to admit it (a vegan section in Guatemala… wow!!!). People are becoming more and more aware of what we put into our mouths and, due to the serious crossfit and body fitness movement going on, we are even more aware of the different types of diets out there. And what’s even more amazing, is that I found myself looking for something to feed my soul.

See, we are an integrated being. Whatever we put in our “basket”; whether it be in the work, finance or exercise area, it affects us completely. When we are lacking self love or filling our basket with the wrong kind of nourishment, we look for something else to fill our bodies. Take me, for example, I was looking in the wrong isle for the right answer and imagine my surprise when I did all this soul searching and self enquiry in the middle of the quinoas and flaxmeal. In a nutshell, I burst out laughing at myself.

We are sometimes trained to (from childhood on) to submerge our emotional turmoils in our deepest self. So, when we succumb to our bodies plea for attention, we tend to disguise our distress as hunger, stress or anger. Sometimes, the latter two seem to lead us to the same space: the kitchen.

There is no grey area when it comes to our body’s need for nourishment. We need love, fulfillment, respect and self care. Even though it seems like an easy task to conquer, actually discovering what one needs is a process that requires practice and a deeper connection to the soul. To get to this point, I have found meditation and journaling to be quite helpful. Talking to my fellow health coach has opened many doors for me and taking words into action has been the most fundamental part of all this work.

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As a wellness seeker, I am on the lookout for clues on how to heal my body, heal my wounds and feed my soul. Nutrition and the process of enjoying a meal are a part of it all. So, next time, when we head to the sugar isle of the super market, let’s make it work for us instead of against us. Find food that nourishes your body and find what feeds your soul.

Much love for all of you.

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