Food is much more than fuel for the body; it is nourishment. Nourishing foods are usually "whole foods". Whole foods are foods as they are found in nature. They have abundant flavors and ingredients that nature intended. They are free of artificial flavors and colors, chemicals and preservatives which are used to prolong the shelf life of processed foods. Because whole foods have been minimally processed, they are more nutrient-dense and contain essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber.
A nourishing diet is one that is balanced and contains a variety of whole grains, legumes, colorful vegetables, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices. And for some, it might also include lean meats, wild seafood, eggs and dairy products. It may also contain "recreational foods" such as treats and alcohol in moderation.