N is for Nourish. #AtoZChallenge on #wellness

I’m about to enrage, quite a bunch of people. I’m certainly no doctor. What I’m about to impart on you comes from years of observation. Growing up my mother always used to be on some or the other type of diet, until some problem came up. The problem usually being money related.
Personally, I have a healthy relationship with food. I like to eat. I like to eat yummy foods and I really like to eat yummy and nutritious foods. This leads me to our topic for this article. I am lining up the A to Z on wellness and here we have:

NNourish. It’s such a rich word in the English language.
It has a great variety of functions within the wellness circle. I’ve spoken a great deal throughout this series of posts, about nourishing the mind.
Right at the beginning we started with A is for Affirmations. Then we had G is for Gratitude. I is for Inspiration and L is for Laughter. All these things nourish our mind. The mind and body alike do not find nourishment in junk.

{Well, of cause it can Sarina! What are you saying? You’re not going to tell me to stop eating deep fried fatty foods are you?}

Oy! Hold your horses! We are talking about wellness here after all. To be the most optimal version of you there can be there must be some healthy nutrition. Aren’t you tired of feeling fatigued all the time? What about your inherited health issues? Osteoporosis, Heart disease, Arthritis, and Diabetes are a just a few in a long line chronic illness that can develop over time, especially when these are already in your genes. With good food choices, many of these can be bettered or delayed. That is a fact. Go Google it. Better yet, ask your doctor. Google is wrong from time to time.

Seriously, though I think you know this. It’s all over the TV these days. I’m going to keep it short and sweet. Try the healthy choices. You already know what this is. Try a salad occasionally. Go for your daily dose of veggies. An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
So what about all those unhealthy food? What about all those fast food joints?
Here’s the thing. When it comes to the nutrition of the body, I’m a firm believer of exactly two things.

1. All things in moderation. Balance.
2. If you need to make a change, make it a lifestyle change.

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What does this exactly mean?

Balance

It means don’t deprive yourself of chocolate, your favorite fast food place or whatever else unhealthy food choice –however don’t overdo it. Once in a while, is okay. Every day or even every second day is not.
A daily glass of dry red wine actually has many health benefits. Make it two or more glasses and that wine becomes harmful. Hence, you end up with a headache in the morning. You get where I am pointing! (Also, see note 1)

Lifestyle change

I really do not like diets. Diets deprive us of foods we would normally eat. This causes us to either “cheat” on our diets or overindulge in these things later on. The short-term benefits of such an action do not outweigh the long-term damages.

Compromise. If you know you cannot cut bread from your diet, rather go for a healthier alternative. Bread made from whole-wheat or rye flour is healthier than it’s white flour counterpart. You can make this lifestyle change. Again it comes back to balance.

If you are going to live on fast food (which I seriously do not recommend, but this is too is a lifestyle choice) try the healthy things on the menu, such as the salad. Alternatively, you can try the food chain with healthier things on their menu.

That’s it. I am fully aware that not everyone is going to agree with me on this subject. There are many companies trying to make money out of diets and such. Heath fanatics will argue that it should be an all or nothing type of approach. Shoot yourself in the foot, if you must. We are not all wired the same.

(Note 1: Obviously, if you are a recovering alcohol addict or if you have some other health problem, where red wine is detrimental to you – there are no health benefits of drinking it; and you should not touch the stuff. The same applies to any other types of food, which may be disadvantageous to you for similar reasons)

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profile-pic-2Sarina often sat on the peaks of the dunes of Southern Africa watching the ocean tide drift in. A daydreamer, often dreaming up stories for lands somewhere over the rainbow. She is a mother, a wife, a blogger and an overall creative spirit. Above all, she is a human being.

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