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May 5, 2011 –

I stumbled upon a phenomenal website today at There is a wealth of information on this site that has sparked all sorts of new blog topics for me to give my perspective on. Hence, I will be starting a multi-part blog on different topics addressed here. I find this new world (at least for me) of healthy eating absolutely fascinating. That may be a strange description, but I was in the dark for so long and walked around in ignorance over what i was putting in my body that now that I am learning, I simply cant get enough. I used to feel so defeated in a supermarket and I dont think I am the only one who has ever felt that way.Now I feel educated and confident in my food choices.

By using the video clips on NourishLife, I want to provide my perspective on top of the already incredibly well presented material. I highly encourage all of you to take a look at this site and what it has to offer. So what is Nourish?

Nourish is an educational initiative designed to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability, particularly in schools and communities. To inform and inspire the largest number of people, Nourish combines PBS television, curriculum resources, web content, short films, and teacher and youth seminars. With a distinctly positive vision, Nourish celebrates both food and community.

Today’s main topic is NOURISHMENT. I don’t want to get too cerebral, but below is a video of what it means to some people who were asked. For me, this word means providing inputs into my body in order to provide an output. Ever hear the phrase “garbage in / garbage out”? To truly nourish yourself, you need to look at the physical, mental, emotionally, and spiritual aspects. If we focus on food as a source of nourishment, this becomes the fuel for our body. This is the gas for our tank. Would you put 87 octane in a NASCAR? We need to provide our bodies with the best possible nutrition to expect the most out of ourselves.

I hear so often from people that they workout so they can eat whatever they want. I used to think like that as well. But when the veil is lifted and we really start scrutinizing what we put in our body and going back to the fabulous 5 (whole grain, vegetables, fruits, lean protein, and healthy fats), we realize that we FEEL BETTER. And this is not just physically, but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually as well. Most people who do P90x can actually press play an hour a day, but they take the “Nutrition Guide” and it collects dust. This is the life changing event! This is the most important piece of the puzzle and the real catalyst behind your transformation. Cranking out push-ups and pull-ups is great, but changing your habits the other 23 hours of the day is when the “A-Ha” moment hits you.

Another important topic that is mentioned below is Food and Community. Listen to Nadine Burke in “Food & Family”.

– 50% of meals are eaten outside of the home

– 20% of meals are eaten in cars.

What does this do for the family unit? Now I wish all of us at the Roberts family could sit down at 5:30 every day and have a nice dinner together. It just doesn’t happen every day. But it doesn’t mean we don’t try. My wife and I have made a conscious effort to try and sit down as a family more. It brings us closer as a family. We say our prayers and then talk about our days. It truly is a huge component of a healthy family unit.

So what do you think? The benefit of this blog is that we should be having a dialogue and Mike isn’t just preaching every day. There is a comment section below and I know from looking at my stat counters that people are reading the articles. :) What habits are you looking to change? What things can myself and the rest of this great community help you with? Let’s start the conversation people. WE ARE THE CHANGE AGENT!

Cameron Diaz: Nourish Opening

In this opening clip from Nourish: Food + Community, host Cameron Diaz invites us to consider where our food comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us.

Nourish: Food + Community Traile

What’s the story of your food? With beautiful visuals and inspiring stories, Nourish: Food + Community traces our relationship to food from a global perspective to personal action steps.

Multiple Voices: Nourish Means…

Jamie Oliver, Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, and other voices explore the question, “What does ‘nourish’ mean to you?”

Bryant Terry: Cooking Together

What inspires you in the kitchen? Chef Bryant Terry celebrates the pleasures of cooking with friends and family.

Nadine Burke: Food and Family

Studies show that families who eat together are healthier and happier than ones who eat separately. Dr. Nadine Burke encourages us to make time for shared meals.

Multiple Voices: Farmers Markets

Food and community come together at the farmers market. Farmer Nigel Walker, chef Bryant Terry, and others celebrate the joys of buying fresh, local food direct from the farmer.

Bryant Terry: Urban Farms

Chef Bryant Terry discusses the rise of urban farming and its importance in building healthy communities, engaging young people, and bringing fresh, homegrown food to cities.

1,191 Responses to “Nourishment”

  1. […] This is Part II of my blog series that has been inspired by If you have not read Part I, entitled “Nourishment”, CLICK HERE. […]

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