Nourishing Connections: Healthy Eating, Community, and Mental-Physical Wellness
Families and communities who eat together encourage healthier eating habits in one another. Eating together in loving company promotes healthy behaviors, improves mental health, and supports the body’s biology in reducing stress. Nourishing healthy connections fosters a regulated nervous system, bridging mental and physical health through co-regulation.
Z.E.N. Foods helps clients with physical health by offering a healthy eating plan and a support system to keep them on track. Together, we go through the ups and downs, making necessary lifestyle adjustments and food choices to promote greater health. Each client is assigned a dedicated consultant who regularly checks in and offers support throughout your journey to a healthier, happier life.
What Is Physical Health?
Ever notice that when someone in the family gets sick, typically everyone else within the household also gets sick? Most recently, we saw how the spread of COVID worldwide depended greatly on the safety measures each community and country took. Ultimately, the physical health of an individual and then the physical health of the larger group are interconnected.
Physical Health Increases in Community
One example demonstrating the power of health programs developed for communities is in schools.
Healthy eating strategies are implemented in schools worldwide, with the end goal being positive physical health for the children in the program. Goof Bujis, Manager for Schools for Health in Europe Network Foundation (SHE), shares his experience in developing healthy eating strategies in schools.
He shares, “A community approach is more effective than giving people information about healthy eating.” Instead of telling families what they should be feeding their kids for optimal health, schools developed exercise routines, meal plans, and exercise programs with the collective goal being better health. By merging physical activity with healthy eating through holistically inclined programs, they saw positive results in kids’ health.
Physical Health Increases Around Other Healthy People
We learn to live healthy lives by observing the people around us. That’s why it’s so important to surround ourselves with healthy people who live healthy lives. We are wired to be connected to other people and co-regulate, and thus promote healthy habits in one another.
The Benefits of Eating With Community
One of life’s riches is having a community of like-minded folks who promote healthy habits in each other.
When you sit down with loving company to share healthy food, you enjoy one of life’s greatest pleasures. On the healthy eating journey, you’ll want to find people who also reinforce your healthy habits. This time together will help you make coherent choices when you’re alone.
Plus, by increasing engagement in your community, you’ll likely experience more satisfaction in your relationships. Both of which bleed out onto your personal well-being. When we feel good, we are more likely to exercise, stay hydrated, and make healthy eating choices on our own.
So, don’t ever feel guilty about spending quality time with the people you love. All in all, this interrelated act is what helps strengthen your overall wellness. The journey from illness to wellness begins (and thrives) in a community.
Boost Your Health & Wellness Journey With Z.E.N. Foods
Wherever you are on your health journey, Z.E.N. Foods is here to support you. Many of our clients live busy lives and benefit from nutritionally diverse home-delivered meals. Our dynamic, delicious, personalized meal plan and juice cleanses provide you and your community with a stepping stone to regaining control of your health.