By Way of an Introduction

This site, like each of us, is a work in progress. Having recently begun a personal blogging endeavor, I realized what a powerful forum the medium of the “blog” could be in reaching others. It provides the opportunity to share thoughts, ideas, news, trends, and even random musings at times, and perhaps more importantly provides the opportunity for feedback.

As former journalism major who secretly longs to write all day, I decided that the this could be a valuable outlet for my desire to share information. And as someone who cares deeply about the well-being of others, and particularly about how we treat our bodies and minds, I decided that this could, hopefully, be a source of knowledge and inspiration to others.

This blog focuses on “Nourishing the Soul”, a phrase that I had tattooed on my hip at 16 years old. Yes, my mother was with me and even paid the fee for her daughter’s body to be permanently marked! This is the only tattoo that I have, and will likely ever have, and thus it reflects a deeply held conviction.

Nourish is a powerful word – it means both “to feed in order to keep alive”, as well as “to promote the development of.” I like both meanings. To feed and to foster. To sustain and to grow. To uphold and to thrive. Both are vital to our humanness. And, sometimes, both get lost in the shuffle.

When our lives become crowded with non-nourishment (e.g. friends who drain us emotionally, food that sucks up our energy, work that tears us down), we lose our ability to create the self that we desire. And in that process, many of us react to this stifled development by misusing food or mistreating our bodies. And what a shame that is. Whether you consider the human body a spiritual entity, a gift from a higher power, or a biological organism, it’s difficult to dispute just how incredible it is (If you doubt this, spend a full 60 seconds observing one of your hands… I’ll wait.). Thus, our bodies deserve our attention and our compassion… our nourishment.

As I alluded to previously, this nourishment comes from many sources, not the least of which is what we put in our mouth. Nourishment also comes from the thoughts that we have, the relationships in which we engage, the activities in which we participate, the dreams for which we reach. And this is the focus of this blog: to provide a forum in which the importance of nourishment (physical, emotional/psychological, spiritual) can be explored and, hopefully, fostered.

This all sounds very new age, huh? Well, in fact, my intent is not to write a philosophy blog. My goal is rather to write about the struggles we have with eating and appreciating our bodies as beautiful, the directions that the fields of eating disorders advocacy and research is taking, and thoughts about recovery and self-improvement. I hope that this blog is taken as a source of information, but also a source of hope.

Thank you for reading.


2 Comments to “By Way of an Introduction”

  1. I didn’t know you used to bed into journalism. No wonder your writing is so good/interesting! 🙂 This blog could be just up my alley.

  2. I didn’t know you used to be a journalism major either! Agreed with Sofie: it’s no wonder then that your writing is so good and interesting. 🙂

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