We must take back the responsibility for feeding ourselves. In giving it away we have given up feelings of self-control, empowerment and self-confidence in nurturing ourselves. Instead we experience doubt, guilt and shame around food. Who wants to live like that? Let’s learn to enjoy cooking and eating and experience what self-nurturing is all about – satisfaction, confidence and energy.
Somewhere along the way we have allotted less time and fewer resources toward purchasing, preparing and eating food. We have ended up with pre-prepared, processed, chemical-ridden so-called food as the mainstay of our diet. Yuk! How does this feed our body, mind and spirit? It doesn’t. It hurts us and makes us sick. There is so much research out now about the effects of food on our body (good and bad) that you can find it in any book, magazine or TV show. Food and health are hot topics now – it’s about time!
So, what does this mean in our daily lives? How can we change our daily habits to fit in all this shopping and cooking and eating? This is one of the biggest challenges for several of my clients. There is a strong desire to eat healthy, feel better, lose weight or increase energy, but long-standing habits can be stumbling blocks. Ask yourself, how well have these habits worked for me? Preparing a quick meal at the last minute, eating quick snacks instead of meals, getting take out, skipping meals or counting calories – does this sound like self-nurturing to you?
Food can be such a satisfying, comforting part of life. Who doesn’t love being served a home-cooked meal with fresh delicious ingredients? We can do this for ourselves on a daily basis with a few changes in our thoughts and behaviors. Maybe we will have to look at some of our thought patterns, such as “I don’t have the time, or the money.” “My family won’t like it.” “I don’t know how to cook.” Are you setting up your own roadblocks? It can be challenging and sometimes scary to try out new ways of thinking and acting. There may be a learning curve at first, as well as some experimentation, but aren’t we worth the effort?
Let’s make the time and space to bring back healthy nourishing food into our lives. Our body will function better, feel better and look better. We will think more clearly and experience stable emotions. Our spirit will feel revitalized and joyful because we are truly caring for and loving ourselves. We can start to trust our inner wisdom around food and know that we deserve to feed ourselves well. It is one empowering step to taking responsibility for our own health and happiness.