A to Z Challenge 2016

‘N’ is for Nourishment – It isn’t all about Food

April 16, 2016
N is for Nourishment

nourishment for the soul

When I think of the word ‘Nourishment’ I immediately think of food; eating foods that provide nourishment and keep my body healthy.

The Oxford Dictionary suggests that Nourishment means:

‘The food necessary for growth, health, and good condition’

We nourish our bodies but we also need to provide nourishment for our minds and our soul to achieve total overall health and well-being.

Let’s look at the different ways we can provide ‘nourishment’ to ourselves.


Nourishment for the Body

Our bodies are like machines that need to be maintained.  You maintain your vehicle so why not look after yourself?  That means looking at what you eat and how it affects your body.

There is a lot of talk at the moment about Clean Eating and cutting out Sugar. As I have written before, my approach to diet is to try to eat healthy, unprocessed foods 80% of the time and allow myself ‘treats’ 20% of the time.

Clean Eating can simply be incorporating more vegetables into your diet, avoiding processed foods, drinking more water and reading labels – even though it says ‘Low Fat’ it usually contains a higher % of sugar.  Some breakfast cereals are advertised as healthy but are full of sugar – Good old fashioned oats are still the best option for breakfast.

If you would like to read more click these links below:

8 Smart Ways to Make Clean Eating A Way of Life

5 Quick & Easy Ways to Reduce Your Sugar Intake

Look in your pantry – What can you remove this week to reduce your sugar intake and eat less processed foods.

Nourishment for the Mind

Just like our bodies require food and exercise to keep us healthy, so too our mind needs a workout to keep it fit and healthy.  Stress and anxiety can place heavy demands on our mental health and we find that sometimes our memory is impaired – ever walk into a room and forget what you went in for?  Usually this is just part of a busy lifestyle but unfortunately for some it could mean something more sinister, such as early onset of Alzheimers, which needs to be checked out with your doctor.

I’ve previously written about 7 ways to Keep Your Mind Fit & Healthy (click here if you want to read it in detail).

  1. Puzzles – exercise your mind with puzzles and crosswords
  2. Exercise – reduces stress and provides a ‘workout high’
  3. Diet – are you getting enough of the Vitamin B group?
  4. Learn something new every day
  5. Socialise
  6. Sleep and Meditation
  7. Record your memories

What is one thing you can do today to exercise your mind?


Nourishment for the Soul

Making time to nurture our soul and feel good is just as important as eating a healthy meal or exercising.  This means taking time out for YOU!!!  How often do you get caught up in life – being a partner, mother, daughter, friend, building your career – when do you have time for yourself?

For good health YOU need to MAKE TIME FOR YOU & NOT FEEL GUILTY!Click To Tweet

In my post https://www.womenlivingwellafter50.com.au/why-we-need-to-be-selfish-sometimes/  I talk about the importance of putting yourself first by scheduling some time each week just for you to do something that makes you happy.  This may seem selfish but unless you take time to nurture yourself and feel good about yourself, how can you expect others to feel good about you.

Taking time out can just be taking time to reflect or daydream.  It might be getting your hair or nails done, going for a walk, listening to music, reading a book or my all time favourite – luxuriating in a bubble bath.  Let the worries of the day melt away and ENJOY THE MOMENT!  You will feel so much better for it and ready to take on the challenges of life.

 What can you do this week to provide nourishment for your Soul?



Join me tomorrow for ‘O’ is for Organization – Declutter your mind and your life

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  • Reply Stephanie Bird April 16, 2016 at 23:46

    I’m exercising more to feed my soul and being attentive to the needs of my studio and writing work.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 17, 2016 at 06:57

      Sounds like you are enjoying your work which is great Stephanie as it isn’t a chore. It feels good to feed our soul. Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill April 17, 2016 at 00:30

    These three – body, mind and soul are what make us complete as humans and we all need to nurture all three or we are living a balanced life. This was a great post Sue with some really helpful suggestions. thanks x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 17, 2016 at 06:58

      Yes generally need all three to be in sync for a balanced life. I’m finally learning! Have a great day, Leanne. Xx

  • Reply Kala Ravi April 17, 2016 at 00:47

    Mind body and soul all need nourishment. Very well explained Sue. You are right about us being so tied up in our chores we forget to devote a little time to ourselves. Great tips and very motivating post.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 17, 2016 at 07:00

      Hi Kala it isn’t easy all the time to remember to nourish our mind and soul but we certainly fell so much better for it. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by. X

  • Reply Sorchia DuBois April 17, 2016 at 01:16

    Nicely done. It’s too easy to forget to take care of yourself when you get busy. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 17, 2016 at 07:02

      Hello Sorchia! Life can take over and finding the time for ourselves takes a back seat. However, we feel so much better to handle life when we take some time out. I hope you have something special planned form your time away from chores. Spoil yourself!

  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill April 18, 2016 at 20:16

    Hi Sue – I loved this post so much that I stumbled and pinned it for future reference!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 18, 2016 at 20:23

      Oh thanks Leanne you have made my day!

  • Reply gigi April 19, 2016 at 18:38

    I always feel guilty taking time to be by myself because I need A LOT of time to myself! Always been that way! One type of puzzle I love playing is called Bananagrams. You play with at least 1 other person using scrabble-like tiles. You work simultaneously creating words with your tiles. So fun!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 19, 2016 at 21:33

      I think we all have the ‘guilt feeling’ as part of our DNA but we have to try. I’ve never heard of Bananagrams but it certainly sounds like fun and also relaxing. Have a beautiful day!

  • Reply Debbie Rodrigues April 19, 2016 at 19:25

    Paulo Coelho is one of my favorite writers, not only because he’s Brazilian, and I also had the honor to have personal contact with him. Such an inspiring quote for a very inspiring topic, Sue.
    Our Body, Mind, AND Spirit need fuel and may it always be of good quality.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 19, 2016 at 21:34

      Oh wow Debbie that would have been a great experience meeting Paulo. I know you have the holistic approach so I’m pleased you enjoyed the post. Enjoy your day!

  • Reply Jeffrey Scott April 19, 2016 at 23:27

    I decided this week I’m going to start eating healthier and trying to exercise more. The worst food craving I have is cereal, even though I know how bad it is . Loaded with sugar. One of the worst foods to eat. But I love it. I just have to remind myself I need to look beyond what tastes good. There are many foods I do love, which also taste good. I’ve been trying to think, what processed foods I can cut out. I think I would like to try a diet of rice and chicken or pork for a few nights this week. Throw in a pot roast. If I make all that at home, it’s not processed. Right? Those are a few of the foods I love. I just need to motivate myself to move more.

  • Reply Regina L. L. Wells April 20, 2016 at 03:26

    Right on time, Sue! I just read something about meditating and decided that I am going to begin meditating again. This is a fab post about the other means of nourishment that we should be considering and the better ways to nourish our bodies. Love it! I think that most people readily consider nourishing the body, but not the soul and mind as you point out and miss so much of what is intended for us. Thank you for sharing this with #UpsyDaisyLinkup!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 21, 2016 at 06:50

      I’m so happy to link up with your #UpsyDaisyLinkup Regina – you always make me feel uplifted and happy. Yes most of us nourish our bodies but forget our mental and spiritual side. I’m taking a two week break at the Coast to relax and re-energise myself.

  • Reply Susan Burpee April 20, 2016 at 03:49

    Eating well, exercising, taking time for friends and family..yep. But reading, reading, reading… having the luxury of time to read widely is what nourishes me in particular.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 21, 2016 at 06:54

      Yes Susan I’m off to the Coast for two weeks and I will be indulging in relaxing and reading, reading, reading. I love a good book! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

  • Reply Kathleen April 21, 2016 at 09:09

    A nice post with motivating ideas to nourish our whole self. Very important to remember to be satisfied with every step forward and not craving perfection of our dreams.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 22, 2016 at 16:43

      Thanks Kathleen!

  • Reply Rosemond April 23, 2016 at 09:02

    I’m pretty good with my diet and exercise, it’s the stressful thinking that I need to get a handle on. I’m going to go back to my meditations, I haven’t been doing it lately and I feel much less centered. Thanks for these reminders!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 25, 2016 at 08:19

      Hi Rosie yes it is hard to remove those stressful thoughts I can run a marathon but sometimes I can’t overcome worry. I’m taking some time out at the moment to just try to relax and enjoy. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day.

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