Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Habitual Nourishment

How does this quote make you feel?

"Eating is such a necessary function and should be a positive experience"
Sloane Miller, author of  allergic girl
Breaking Free article

When was the last time that someone you know said something like "Ugh, I feel so fat, I need to diet."
OR "I can't eat that, I cannot wait to be done with this diet."

The definition of diet being a) food and drink regularly provided or consumed...... b) habitual nourishment.   Myself? I tend to favor the second meaning. I disagree with people who say that eating should just be something you do, not something you enjoy. If we need to eat to live, then why not enjoy it?

What else feeds you? 
Your relationships- are they loving or toxic? 
Your career- do you love what you do OR do you dread waking up each day? 
Yes, I know there are some people who are going to want to kick me right now, but exercise. What do you do to move your body?  If you are not enjoying your current workout plan, then perhaps it is not the right fit for you.
Then there is spirituality. I am not specifically speaking about religion. For some people it is just that connection with something outside of themselves. Many people enjoy the support they have within their church and the community surrounding it.  For others it is their love of the NY Yankees or whatever team they are passionate about.  It is the little rituals or habits that feed our "soul", or what you choose to call it.

Enjoying your food does not mean overindulgence. Treating yourself to a high quality, home cooked meal with loving people around you is one of the best things you can do for yourself.  Taking the time to cook dinner with love and healthy ingredients is nourishing.  Don't feel bad when you treat yourself.  Sit and enjoy it. Be in the moment. How will you treat yourself today?

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