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Spiritual Nutrition - The Global Consequences of Food Choices

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the concept of spiritual, conscious eating, the effects of unconscious eating on the health of humans, animals, and plants, and guidelines for individuals who seek to support a lifestyle that includes spiritual nutrition practices.
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Food is a dynamic force that interacts with our bodies on multiple levels: the physical level, the mental-emotional level, and the energetic or spiritual level. Conscious eating involves an awareness of the eating process from beginning to end, and it includes thinking about how dietary choices affect others. Any food choice that is truly good for an individual's physical health and well-being will also be good for his/her spiritual well-being. Today's food landscape is dominated by factory farms and food industry practices that violate spiritual principles, as well as human and animal rights, and damage the health of the planet.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the concept of spiritual nutrition.
  • Describe roles of food and nutrition in the lives of most individuals.
  • Explain "factory farming."
  • Discuss the impact of hormones, antibiotics, and other additives on human health.
  • Explain the impact of factory farming on animal welfare.
  • Discuss the impact of factory farming on human welfare and health
  • Describe the environmental and public health impact of factory farming.
  • Identify ways to make spiritual food choices that support conscious eating.

The pace of life for most people is quite hectic, and the act of eating is often rushed and undertaken without much conscious thought. Food has become “fuel” instead of “nourishment.” Instead of connecting to the food that is eaten, many individuals are removed from it, unaware of how their food was raised, produced, and prepared.

Food is a dynamic force that interacts with our bodies on multiple levels: the physical level, the mental-emotional level, and the energetic or spiritual level. Spiritual nutrition examines the interaction of these levels and explores how the dynamic forces of food communicate with the dynamic forces of each unique human being (The Living Centre, 2013).

Nutrition, digestion, and absorption are more than just biochemical processes. They are “coded with the energy” that goes into the raising and production of food (Freston, 2008). Healthy, nutritious food enhances the body’s intrinsic vitality rather than depleting it (Bourne, 2008).

Spiritual nutrition is a philosophy resulting from a broader philosophical perspective that includes the following themes (Bourne, 2008):

  • Interconnection of minds—The realization that, although we appear to exist in separate bodies, our minds and our spirits are all one.
  • Natural ethics—Behavior that is based on acting on the authenticity of one’s innermost nature rather than culturally relative standards.
  • Reverence for nature and the earth—The realization that we are vitally dependent on the earth and must live in a cooperative, sustainable, compassionate relationship with the planet and all its sentient beings rather than exploit whatever we need (including other living beings) for material gain.
  • Compassion—An awareness of the suffering of other human and sentient beings and a desire to help alleviate that suffering.
  • Integration of the feminine—A movement away from traditionally “masculine” values (hierarchy, autonomy, top-down control, and exploitation) toward “feminine” values (inclusiveness, cooperation, interrelationship, nurturance, and love).
  • A sense of inclusiveness toward all humanity—An awareness that all human beings are part of the same family, regardless of racial, ethnic, national, or religious differences.
  • Voluntary simplicity—Cultivating a simpler life both for a sense of inner peace as well as a desire to leave a “lighter footprint” on the earth.

These themes represent a movement away from a materialistic viewpoint and toward a humanitarian-spiritual orientation to life. The result is a shift in the way we think and act (Bourne, 2008). Spiritual nutrition is one of the ways this shift can be expressed.

Conscious, spiritual eating is “about looking more closely at where your food comes from and how it got to your plate and choosing to eat foods that support life—all life, not just your own. When you eat something, you take in the energy that went into creating that food” (Freston, 2008, p. 101).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors


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Course Expires:

July 11, 2019

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
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Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

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Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.