What we believe about Joyful Nourishment: a movement and a manifesto

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Do you believe what I believe (about healthy, joyful nourished living?) If you do, you might actually be part of a movement!

There are many possible definitions of “tribe.” But recently I heard a definition of  “tribe” that really sparked something for me.

Apparently it comes from British/American author and motivational speaker Simon O. Sinek who wrote Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action.   

This particular definition describes your tribe as people who believe what you believe.

I LOVE that!

She said that a clear set of beliefs is like “the spine of your thought leadership.”

It makes sense. Think about it. Think about any tribe you feel a part of,  or anyone whose work you follow.

There’s probably some core belief (or beliefs) that make that person stand apart for you from others in their field. You share those beliefs—even if you haven’t completely actualized those beliefs, you aspire to. You believe it’s possible, or ideal.

Beliefs are what make a person’s work, their approach, different from others. They’re why you resonate with one person and not another in the same wheelhouse.

I sure saw, when I thought about it, that beliefs (and values, which I think of as “cousins” of beliefs) are really at the heart of many people and things I choose to be involved with.

I choose everything from my health care providers to my grocery store to my workout partners to my favorite artists to my teachers and yes, my students, based on beliefs  and values. We attract one another.

In each of these cases, we share a belief something is possible—and we want to make to happen. So we participate, or we help each other.

This also got me thinking about MY beliefs related to my work in health, fitness, self-care, and aging—and how they truly do form the basis of my mission. Because I think differently and do things differently than a lot of practitioners, teachers, trainers, and coaches in this field. I see how that’s a big part of why people who work with me, read me, or follow me do so.

I realized I should make those beliefs more explicit. Draw them out, get them fully articulated.  Because as you know, for me this stuff isn’t just about my own life and it isn’t just a business.  It’s about changing the conversation around healthy living—creating new language and thinking that changes bodies and lives for the best.

My big outrageous dream is a population that no longer thinks or talks about the mindless meaningless concept of “weight,” that is no longer confused or resistant about healthy choices—that knows HOW to fuel their cherished bodies and fullest lives, and actually DOES it. Unstoppably, and joyfully. The result is way more resilient people, nourished for strength and energy—and freed to give their gifts to the world, without distraction or premature debility.

So I started making a list of my beliefs about this huge piece of life that so many people struggle with.  And I wanted to share with you what I came up with.

It ended up being a whole “manifesto” of Nourishment!

The list is at the bottom of this post. Check it out and tell me what you think!

Which of these beliefs most resonate with you? Which most strongly represent what you, too, believe?

Which of these beliefs are ones you hold dear, yet struggle to embody? Which get you most excited or hopeful?

Do you get jazzed by the idea of  a movement of informed and inspired joyful healthy-living enthusiasts and emissaries, kicking ass in health and life?  (I do!)

Post your response below or in my Healthy Joyful Nourishment Facebook group (just click “JOIN” if you’re not already a member).

If these beliefs resonate with you and you consider yourself  “with me” on them—part of a tribe or movement that wants to see the world changed by these values—I’m thrilled that you are with me!

Let’s make it happen!



  1. Healthy nourishment and self-care can and should be fun, joyful, clear, and easeful.
  2. We are each athletes in our own life events, and can treat ourselves as such—in body, mind and spirit. We can “train” and care for ourselves as if we seek to excel and thrive in this event.
  3. People need BOTH information AND inspiration to be able to nourish themselves joyfully and fully.
  4. Healthy living isn’t complicated or unappealing the way health authorities make it.
  5. Health education needs a massive overhaul because of its failure to connect with people, and inspire ease and joy.
  6. People CAN and WILL make good choices when given clear information and inspiration.
  7. Making the connection between our self-care, our bodies/health, and our lives/vision/purpose is the most powerful thing we can do to inspire amazing self-care (once we are clear how to do it).
  8. Weight” as a concept is a meaningless, nonsensical, illogical and misleading diversion—and needs to be eradicated from the healthy living vocabulary, and from science and medicine.
  9. Words like “adherence” “compliance” “regimen” “plan” and other negative, destructive “diet thinking” language need to be scrapped from health education and coaching.
  10. Being “told what to do” or given a “plan to follow” without context will never work.
  11. If we understand our bodies, we will cherish them. If we treasure them, we will not trash them.
  12. “Laypeople” can be deeply knowledgeable, and health is a partnership between us and “the experts.”
  13. Kids can and need to learn to understand, respect, appreciate, fuel and care for their bodies early in school—and make the connection between all this and their lives (and the planet too).
  14. We need not fear age and disease; while we will age, it need not be as troubled as it often is due to lifestyle-related problems and illnesses. Great longevity without disease is not only possible but probable when we eat, move, supplement, rest, and live free of needless chemicals and toxins. We can age more slowly, more healthfully, and more attractively (and sexily!) than we typically do.
  15. There is no “one thing” or “magic bullet” for health—we need to see nourishment as a whole cloth, in the context of whole life.
  16. There are key nourishment pillars that support that whole (food, movement, rest and sleep, meditation and stress reduction, nature and outdoors, chemical/toxin-free products, healthy relationships and community, herbs and natural medicines, art and creativity, plus other unique needs like climate or travel).
  17. Your health, self-care and nourishment are not just about you.
    Your strong, resilient, energetic body is needed to power your gifts, contribution, and purpose. You are needed.
    It’s not selfish to nourish yourself; it’s selfish not to, because then you deprive the world of your best, your needed presence.
  18. Healthy is SO beautiful. And beauty comes from health. Beauty radiates from joy and the power of freedom, choice, and clarity.
  19. How you feel AND how you look tells you almost everything.
  20. Being well, energized, and strong is a birthright. It’s also our responsibility.


ROBYN LANDIS is an ACE-certified fitness professional, personal trainer, health coach, Ayurvedic educator and bestselling author. She is a mind-body transformer who helps people LOVE getting the body and energy that’s fit for their dreams—without hype, regimens, extremes, or concern for irrelevant “weight.” 

Robyn brings science, spirit and common sense to untangling the “health hairball.” She simplifies proven essentials, and ignites your own powerful desire to use them.  Her unique, trademark Conscious Inspiration™ process has helped thousands overcome health-info confusion, overwhelm, and resistance, and transcend the issue of “motivation.”  She tirelessly dissolves destructive myths about health and fitness, and models joyful self-care, embodying and advocating a radically vibrant, radiant vision of “ wisening.”

Robyn’s books (including Herbal Defense, cowritten with KP Khalsa, one of the country’s foremost plant medicine experts) have been published in five languages with a combined 200,000+ copies in print. Her vision is to uplift and uplevel the way we think, talk about and DO healthy living—and how we teach kids to understand and revere their bodies. She writes, teaches, speaks, coaches, trains, facilitates and designs programs. She offers individual and group coaching, including “NOURISH U: 9 Weeks to More Energy, Less Fat and a Super-Fueled Life.”  www.robynlandis.netwww.nourish.university.

In addition to transforming how health/fitness professionals and individuals alike approach the concept of “motivation” (a radical shift that makes healthy living a natural, joyful choice)—Robyn specializes in helping women over 40 achieve optimal hormonal health for glowing skin, lower bodyfat, energy, and JOY—and helps men at midlife who’ve “let themselves go” get back in shape so they’re primed for performance and pleasure in their next phase of life.  Her clients learn to integrate food, exercise, rest, meditation and traditional healing, and become deeply happy getting exceptionally healthy™ —with energy to spare and the health to thrive and live fully. 


  1. Rich

    Great lost, Ribyn! For me, I think the need for the early education of kids about nutrition and fitness is so crucial. Parents can do their best, but should be backed up with nutrition education in the school system! The old ” to build a good house, you need a good foundation” idea!

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