WQWWC # 21 -Nutrition or Nourishment

Marsha is the host of WQWWC

Let’s start with nutrition;

Our bodies need food to fuel our bodies. The balance is the key. Not too much not too little of any of the vital nutrients and we will be either lacking or overindulging.

Good nourishing food, eaten mindfully is how we can look after our bodies.

I have been to-yoing all my life and learned this lesson a few years back that dieting is not the answer. I now eat healthy ( mostly!) and walk a lot. I have found a balance when I am nearly sixty. And this is logical. When I was younger, losing weight always held the charm of looking good. Now, postmenopausal, the looking good desire has been replaced by the desire to feel good.

But it’s not nutrition alone we need but the nourishment of the soul is also required.

“Food is not just fuel. Food is about family, food is about community, food is about identity. And we nourish all those things when we eat well”

Michael Pollan

The experience of eating with family is enriching and satisfying. That’s why when during this pandemic, we cannot meet friends and family for a meal, we feel more deprived.

“The nourishment of body is food, while the nourishment of the soul is feeding others”

Ali ibn Abi Tali

I love this quote as it is one of the beautiful practices of Islam. We are encouraged to feed those who cannot afford good food. Sharing with those around us on festive occasions is also recommended.

“There are realities we all share, regardless of our nationality, language, or individual tastes. As we need food, so do we need emotional nourishment: love, kindness, appreciation, and support from others”

Goswami Kriyananda

How wonderful it would be if both the body and soul are nourished at the same time. I am really looking forward to a time when we all can meet freely and share our table with our loved ones.




34 thoughts on “WQWWC # 21 -Nutrition or Nourishment

    1. Thank you so much Happy. Yes, after a life time of setting weight loss goals, I’ve learned the right way to live. Eat healthy and look after your body. Don’t diet as at the end you’ll be back at starting point.

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  1. The colors in good food is so colorful, attractive, and tasteful. Chocolate is dirty brown, yet so often people (like me) often chose it over the healthy choices. What’s up with that? Lovely quotes. Your post makes perfect sense. Postmenopausal we need to be concerned with weight for different reasons. It is so hard to lose weight, but so important to keep our weight at a healthy level to protect our hearts and internal organs. It is a daily choice of diet and exercise we have to make. I love the part about community, Sadje. That is probably the most important piece. Thanks again for joining #WQWWC this week.

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    1. Yes, it’s the conscious choices we make that matter. A bit of brown chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt but not on a regular basis. Thanks a lot Marsha. All your prompts are thought provoking.

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  2. I used to love when our little group of activists got together for a potluck meal. Some people were vegan, some vegetarian, some from different cultures, or religions, some from different countries. All the food was delicious and new, and sharing our favorite dishes and seeing them appreciated was fulfilling too.

    Thank you for this post and the memories it brought back.💕🌻🌠

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    1. That must’ve been a lovely experience Angie. Getting together and having a meal breaks a lot of barriers and beings us closer to others. You’re most welcome my friend.

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  3. Perfect! I love these quotes and what you had to say. I am trying to eat healthier but I still have to have a bit of chocolate once in a while. I have started up a routine trip to the pool for some water exercise twice a week.

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