Discovering New Ways to Feed Your Mind

By Arielle Jernigan

The mind is a powerful muscle. And like any muscle, we need to feed it good things for it to grow and become stronger. Not only with nutrition... I’m talking about spiritual food. What we think is what we become so when we feed it honesty, love, and gratitude it creates more of that. When we feed it self-doubt, fear, and insecurities it creates more of that. Now we all know how easy it is for things to grow negativity. Complaining is easy money and it requires it no work. And the same way we can think ourselves into sadness, we can think ourselves into happiness.. into the abyss.  This is something to be conscious of. It’s important to put the work in and actively pursue positive, vibrant, encouraging thoughts.



 

Creating new and fresh ideas to hit your goals feeds the mind, body, soul. Let’s start with fitness. Try a new exercise. If you’re struggling with hitting your body goals try a workout you’ve never done before. Start experimenting with movement. Does your gym membership offer classes? Try a class you’ve never done. Maybe a BOSU workout? A Hip Hop Dance Class? A Twerk class? What about Boxing? Or Pilates?

If you’re into yoga, try Aerial yoga! Hanging in the air can be the dash of excitement you need to spice up your workout. There are so many different yoga options like hot/Bikram yoga, meditative yoga, kundalini yoga, pranayama yoga. My personal favorite is hot yoga. I really like to sweat and after every class, I feel myself getting strong on both a mental and physical level. Experimenting with different types of workouts allows you to see what works for you and encourages you to stick with your exercise. When you find movement that you enjoy you’re more likely going to stay consistent with it.

Next. Try a new vegetable. At least once a week, try eating a new type of vegetable that you haven’t eaten before. Imagine if you did this every single week. By the end of the year, you will have added 52 new vegetables to your food palette! This will help you create new recipes and adds a ton of variety to your diet. I highly recommend switching up what you eat. It makes eating fun and pushes you to be a little bit more creative.

 

I like to shop at farmers markets. The prices are really affordable and I know that the food is locally grown meaning it still has most of its nutrients and is in season.

Try experimenting with some of these vegetables each season.

 

Fall Season - cabbage, turnips, pumpkin, artichoke, sweet potato, brussel sprouts, carrots, squash, kale, kohlrabi.

Winter Season - leeks, spinach, celeriac, parsnips, swiss chard, cauliflower, beets, radishes, red onions.

Spring Season - fennel, arugula, watercress, rhubarb, mustard greens, asparagus, peas, scallions.

Summer Season: green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, okra, beans, eggplant, peppers, shallots, mushrooms, zucchini.

 

Read More. Read books that align with the things that you want in life. Taking out the time to read is very important when it comes to feeding the mind. It increases our energy and allows positive thoughts and vibrations to flow through our mind, body, and spirit. My go-to books to read are usually inspirational or self-help books. Right now I’m reading Love Without Conditions by Paul Ferrini. This book is recommended by Jada Pinkett Smith where she talks about guidance, self-love, and self-reflection. If you want to make more money, read books on financial growth. If you want more romance in your life, read on books written about love. What we read helps how we think, how we feel and how we see things in the world.

 

My five favorite books of all time: The Artist’s Way - Julia Cameron, The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success - Deepak Chopra, The Mastery of Love - Don Miguel Ruiz, You Are a Bad Ass at Making Money - Jen Sincero, A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson. Check them out and tell us what you think.

 

Journaling. There are three types of journaling that feed the mind.


#1 Reflective Journaling: Writing down how you feel makes all the difference in how you think about your life and how you communicate with others. I like to write down things that make me unhappy and things that make me unhappy. This reminds me to get back to those happy places. We tend to put a lot of energy into worrying about the past or being anxious about the future but those are two moments that we cannot control. Writing and reflecting gives you permission to be in the present moment. You get to create the space to get in touch with where you are now.

#2 Manifestation Journaling. I love to dream. It puts me in one of the greatest… moods.. ever! By writing down the type of life you want to live you are materializing your dreams and putting yourself one step to closer to achieving them. I noticed that when I journal about my dreams within that same day I do at least 1-2 things that pushes me a little closer to that dream. I’m either inspired to hit the gym, to read a book, to write an article… something! It lights a little fire under me to commit to the work that I need to do to get to where I need to be. Try it. Try writing all the things you want in life. Try asking for them. Try envisioning them and see what happens next. Commit to this practice and watch the things you most want in life come into fruition. That’s how strong and powerful the mind is. We attract the things that we focus on. So focus on what you want from life and what you have.

 

Speaking of what you have… This brings me to #3: Gratitude Journaling. Writing down the things that you are grateful for brings MORE good things into your life. When I think about the things that I am thankful for it makes me feel richer. Try it. You will notice how your perspective on things starts to shift. You start to see how the grass is greener on the side you’re already on, how the glass will always be half full no matter how much water is actually in it, and how bright the sunsets are even on the darkest days.



 

You will find yourself complaining less and less… appreciating the good in it all. They say the secret to having it all is knowing that you already do. I do believe that when you practice gratitude you become something like a miracle magnet attracting more light and love in your life.

We feed our minds when we learn how to transform our thoughts. Transform your thoughts of rejection to acceptance, chaos to order, and mess to clarity. Because when you control your mind, you control your life. We are the co-creators of our very own lives therefore how we feed our minds is how we nourish our life. So I encourage you to turn on your favorite podcast, meditate, go somewhere you’ve never been more, do something you’ve never done before, move in a way you’ve never moved before, eat in a way you’ve never eaten before, sleep more, read more, think more, want more, love more. And then bare witness to how you transform your life into a life of abundance.

 

Question! What are some of your favorites? Favorite workout? Favorite veggie? Favorite Book? Let us know in the comments!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

From modeling to fitness to nutrition, Arielle has learned about holistic wellness through her own restorative health journey. She teaches women of color how to eat for the mind, body, soul. In redefining wellness her goal is to help women transform their relationship with food by eating with intention and purpose. Arielle is here to encourage fulfillment, joy, and love in the way we eat, the way we feel, and the way we live. Find more from her at ariellesimone.co