Nourishment Beyond Food

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Holistic, self, holism.

I’ve been doing some serious thinking lately, and I want to address something that often goes overlooked.

Recently I was invited to be part of a colleague’s website launch:  Trent Childers, one of my colleagues from Cynthia Pasquella’s Transformational Nutrition coaching program, is airing thirty podcasts in thirty days.

I’d found enough of his posts in the private student Facebook forum interesting enough to contact him to see if I’d be a good fit.

We chatted back and forth, and resonated with one another’s messages well enough to set up an interview.

(It will be available in mid-May, and I will be sure to provide the link.)

Trent told me up front that his commitment to Christianity was a large part of his focus and message, although it wasn’t necessary for me to talk about religion or follow the same beliefs to be a guest.


I was raised Fundamentalist Baptist; I’ve attended Catholic Mass, and a Jewish/Christian wedding; I’ve attended Pagan rituals, and conducted them myself.

I’ve been a student of comparative religion for years.

I’m a huge fan of the “mystic” traditions of all faiths, and enjoy a lot of New Age wisdom and insights.

I have Jewish friends, Catholic friends, Muslim friends, evangelical Christian friends, Pagan friends – even some atheists in the mix, I think.

There might even be a Hindu or two, and I’m pretty sure several have Buddhist leanings….


I’ve been ordained (online) through the Universal Life Church.

I’m a certified Reiki Master.

So what’s my point?

I guess what I want people to understand is that I don’t care what you practice.

Your religious, spiritual or non-religious beliefs are your own business.

I admit that no one specific tradition forms my own personal spiritual practice.

Does that make me a hypocrite for wanting to be a guest on Trent’s podcast?

I don’t believe so….

Because I’m also not anti- any of these belief systems.

I admire and respect Trent for putting his deep religious and spiritual commitment in the service of helping others.

I find him very inspiring, and sincere in his beliefs and practice.

And when I spoke to him during our interview, I didn’t pretend that I followed the same path.

But I respect that path, whether I follow it or not.

What does all of this have to do with health?


A lot, actually….

One of the things Trent (and other publicly professed Christians in the health and wellness space) is passionate about is showing people the deep, unbreakable connection between our physical health and our spiritual well-being.

As someone who has spent the better part of a year experimenting with food, supplements, etc. to fix my own health issues, I can tell you flat-out, here and now, that there has to be more to the situation than just a physiological or biochemical problem.

When I joined Alexandra Jamieson’s “Cravings Cleanse & Mindset Makeover” last fall, I had no trouble giving up the “Toxic 6” for the duration.  I think I was only eating one or two of them before the official Cleanse even started….

But boy, did I struggle with the “Mindset” aspect!!

I think there are still a few exercises I haven’t done yet….

I’m going to explore this further in the next blog post, and possibly a few more, depending on just how big this subject turns out to be.

But I want you to keep in mind one thing, for now:

Whatever is holding you back from optimal health, it might not be a nutritional deficiency or the “wrong” diet.

It might have more to do with what you believe….


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  1. Steph
    April 27, 2016 | 5:00 am

    I’m a committed skeptic spiritually… but at the same time I believe that each belief system is completely true. I don’t find it stressful to hold these two seemingly contradictory beliefs, I find it keeps me open to learning and able to relate to others. I realize now, reading your article, that this is pretty much how I approach dietary theory as well. It’s all true and none of it is really true. Sometimes I wish there was a big book of “facts” but that would be bloody boring.

    • daletchworth
      April 27, 2016 | 5:34 pm

      Steph — Yeah, wouldn’t that big book of “facts” come in handy sometimes? Or not. Yes, Diane is like you as far as holding two contradictory beliefs in her head — she’s been doing it for years. I haven’t tried it all that much yet but probably will at some point. She attributes it to a liberal arts education. 🙂 I do like that whole “it’s all true and none of it is really true” — explains a lot! Debra

  2. Jace
    April 27, 2016 | 5:54 am

    High five! I feel the same way. There is so much out there. I’m a spiritual gangster focusing on peace and love. Good times.

    • daletchworth
      April 27, 2016 | 5:36 pm

      Jace — Rock on with the peace and love. “What’s so funny ’bout peace, love and understanding?” to quote Elvis Costello. Debra 😉

  3. Brad
    April 27, 2016 | 5:50 pm


    Another Shakespeare quote, “what’s in a name? A rose would smell just as sweet with any other.”

    People can identify with labels but it’s what is at the core that tends to resonate deepest. Different labels can actually be more similar than those that are the same depending on people’s approaches.

    We are dynamic beings.

    • daletchworth
      April 27, 2016 | 8:05 pm

      Shakespeare has so many good ones. So many of the big truths are the same, with different wording, depending on the path. Such as the Golden Rule — many versions, but all say basically the same thing: treat other people how you’d like to be treated and what you put out is what you get back. We are indeed dynamic, with the one constant being change. Thanks as always, Brad. Debra

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