Cultivating a Wholesome Life

By Arielle Giordano

How you approach food says a lot about your life and your relationships.

How you eat, what you eat, and why you eat is a reflection of how you view the world and engage in relationships with others.  Are you just consuming food out of habit, or are you in your body aware and appreciating what is about to nourish your body? Do you rush through meals or take your time to savor the flavors and experience of eating?

If you “eat healthy” you might grow your own food and nurture the plants, or perhaps you carefully consider the source of what you buy from stores and how and where it was cultivated, such as from an organic farm that tends the soil, rotates its crops, and gives back to the Earth. You recognize the cycle of life and merge with it through your choices.

If you have “healthy relationships,” you foster connections, always bringing something to the table, and sharing with others. You merge with partners—whether family, friends or romantic mates—to cooperate rather than compete. In other words, you are not consuming them in any way or taking from them.

A wholesome life is about contributing to the world. When you are in this state of consciousness, you will receive abundantly without looking for reciprocity from others around you. You will give without expectations and, in return, the universe will nurture your body and soul.

Gently notice what you eat, how you eat ,and why you eat. Then, let the finest, most gentle being-ness in your heart occupy your consciousness. Through this process, you will learn new ways to improve your relationships, appreciate life and nurture you.

“Eating is not only nourishing for the body, but also for the mind.”―Thich Nhat Hanh, How to Eat

Transformational Life Coach Award-Winning Author & Speaker, Professional Dancer. Arielle’s Award-Winning book for Best Self-Help Award: Dancing With Your Story From The Inside is available on Her professional career includes the Lead Faculty Area Chairperson and Professor for the College of Humanities, History and the Arts at the University of Phoenix. She is a published co-author of Transform Your Life Books 1 & 2 and author for Tampa Bay Wellness, Conscious Shift & Transformation magazine. She has published her 4th book, an Instructor’s Manual for Barlow Abnormal Psychology 4th ed. and authored Psychology, A Journey 3rd.ed. Study Guide published by Nelson Education, Toronto, ON. She has also studied philosophy at the College of Integrated Philosophy with John DeRuiter for twenty years. Arielle has been a featured guest on radio and television, in newspapers, and the media across the US and Canada. She is a certified Essentrics Stretch and Dance Instructor. Arielle offers coaching sessions, classes and workshops and a free 30-minute Consultation. Websites:, Email:

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