Well-being: Nourishment with Michelle McCowan (Nourish Me Wild)

Nutritionist and Holistic Wellness Practitioner Michelle McCowan shares how Nourish Me Wild stemmed from her desire to help others reconnect to the deeper roots of natural living and get back in tune with their bodies. Holistic Nutrition isn’t just about nourishing the body, it’s about creating balance by nourishing the body, the mind and the soul. Michelle shares how we can do just that! to live a more conscious and mindful life.

Holistic Nutrition isn’t just about nourishing the body. It’s about creating balance by nourishing the body, the mind and the soul.

Tell us about Nourish Me Wild, how did it come to be? And what are your visions for the brand?

Nourish Me Wild, right now, is a blog where I share my real-food recipes and holistic wellness tips. It was born through my own health challenges, which led to a drastic change in my diet and lifestyle. It was a little under ten years ago when I developed a plethora of food sensitivities, and back then, there weren’t nearly as many clean, real-food products or recipes out there. Pretty much anything I craved, I learned how to make with ingredients that worked for my body.

Cooking and baking became a passion, and I was hungry to learn more, so I took the leap and went back to school for Holistic Nutrition. I wanted to help others like me get back in tune with their body and prove that eating healthy can be both easy and delicious. 

As I continued on my own healing journey, the idea and name for Nourish Me Wild stemmed from that desire to help others reconnect to the deeper roots of natural living and the wild that resides within us all.

I have big visions for Nourish Me Wild; sometimes, I have to remind myself to stick with one step at a time. I have some natural beauty and real-food products in the works, and of course, many more recipes and recipe books! I’m hoping to eventually start offering cooking, foraging and DIY beauty workshops as well.

Golden Milk Pour – Nourish Me Wild
As a Nutritionist and Holistic Wellness Practitioner, what does nutrition mean for you? And how might one go about living a more conscious and mindful life?

To me, nutrition isn’t limited to what we consume in our diet. It actually encompasses every aspect of our lives. It’s how we speak to ourselves, who we hang around with, what we watch, what we listen to, the quality of our physical environment and even how fulfilled we feel. Holistic Nutrition isn’t just about nourishing the body. It’s about creating balance by nourishing the body, the mind and the soul.

My advice for anyone looking to live a more conscious and mindful life is to follow what feels good to you. It’s not about following the latest diet trend or what every other health guru is doing and saying. What’s true for them might not be true for you. We all are unique spiritually, emotionally and physically. So, it’s about fine-tuning that balance within yourself. Take notice of how you feel after eating certain things, hanging around certain people or what have you, and move toward the things that make you feel good. Although, that’s not to negate the heavy and more challenging things in life. It’s important to feel through our emotions, heavy and light, so we are not bound to them. Living a conscious and mindful life is a little like learning to surf; riding the waves of life (with a bit more ease and grace). It’s certainly not that you’ll never get hit or knocked down, but it’s about allowing what is and being present with whatever it is that you are experiencing.

Creamy Vegan Beet Soup – Nourish Me Wild
What are your top tips to help people manage their well-being in these uncertain times?

My top tip would be to just be gentle with yourself. We’re all going through challenges and experiencing things we’ve never experienced before. Wellness really does start within, and it’s amazing what simply changing your self-talk can do. Be kind when speaking to yourself and give yourself a break if you’ve been struggling (we all are in one way or another).

Another tip would be to take your health into your own hands. There’s a lot of fear being pumped through the media, and ultimately, you are your best health advocate and practitioner. You know your body better than anyone. A few easy things you can do to support your health are, eat real-food, stay hydrated, reduce the sugar and alcohol, get lots of rest, take some time to move your body, get out and into nature and, of course, do things that bring you joy.

And if all that seems intimidating or overwhelming, start with baby steps! You can start with something simple and not too different, like trying this easy spinach pasta! https://www.nourishmewild.ca/one-pot-vegan-spinach-pasta

One Pot Spinach Pasta – Nourish Me Wild

Nourish Me Wild stemmed from that desire to help others reconnect to the deeper roots of natural living and the wild that resides within us all

And lastly, what do creativity and well-being mean for you?

To me, creativity and well-being go hand-in-hand. Without creative expression, I know I wouldn’t feel as fulfilled. There wouldn’t be as much joy in my life, and though it’s often overlooked, that sense of joy and fulfillment does have a big impact on well-being. There was a time in my life where I was really lost. I didn’t feel fulfilled in any aspect of my life (job, relationship, friends, or how I was spending my free time). It’s no coincidence that was right around the time I developed my health challenges and food sensitivities. I remember going to see a psychologist because I thought there was something wrong with me (more specifically, my brain). She asked me a series of questions to determine my mental state (and whether I was at risk of suicide). After hearing my answers, she proceeded to ask me to name a few hobbies or things I would enjoy doing and prescribed doing one or a few of those things at least once a week. I am forever thankful for that advice because it was reconnecting with my passion for photography that brought me out of a deep depression.

However, on the flip side, if we are not well or just merely trying to survive, it can really disconnect us from our creative side, and further send us into a downward spiral. As with everything, it’s a balancing act; each impacts the other. 

Where to find Michelle:

Website: www.nourishmewild.ca

Instagram: @nourish.me.wild

Facebook: @nourishmewildholistics

Pinterest: @nourishmewild

Twitter: @nourish_me_wild

Homemade Pumkin Puree – Nourish Me Wild

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