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Food has always been an important part of our lives. As kids we ate everything and never thought much about it, but then the teen years hit and, bam, food was something to be feared. As young women, food was no longer something we could enjoy with abandon. Societal pressures quickly ruined something that once brought us joy. Would we gain weight, what were our friends eating, do we eat too much, are we thin enough? Now in our 40s, it turns out that this unhealthy view of food <that stuck with us for far too long> robbed us of one of life’s greatest pleasures.
Now, food is an important parts of self-care for us —preparing, savoring, and watching other people enjoy it as well. Here are 3 things you can do today to help incorporate the joys of food into your life.
1 Plan. Particularly if you have kids, planning out meals can really help take some of the stress out around food. Try a weekly meal plan and use that for shopping. Engage the kids in the planning process to help eliminate fights over what’s going to be on the table during the week. Be sure to incorporate tons of elements you like into your meal planning and consider adding your favorite food, spice or fruit to at least one element of every meal. This not only helps you enjoy meals, but over time it helps expand the palates of those around you.
Pro tip: build clean up into your meal plans. Try creating a simple spreadsheet for the week that has a space for everyone to sign up for a task. This helps spread the responsibilities associated with the important act of eating.
2 Prepare. Whether it is your grandma’s recipe or a recipe from your favorite food blogger, consider trying a fun recipe. Using a recipe, helps you mindfully prepare your food, which often helps it taste better and makes it that much better to eat!
Pro tip: fresh ingredients. Food tastes better when it’s fresh. If you often get prepared salads, consider buying each individual item. Select them carefully for crispness and color. Think about how you like your veggies cut, and prepare each just as you like it. If a meal is visually appealing, it often tastes better!
3 Enjoy. The most important part of food is not just sustaining our energy but enjoying it. Taking the time to plan and prepare a meal are the means to an end, fabulous, satisfying food! Whether it’s simple or extravagant, food should be enjoyed by all the senses. We recommend that for each meal, take a seat. Whether it’s at your kitchen island or table, taking the time to sit down helps you appreciate the efforts you put into your food as well as experiencing each element of your meal.
Pro tip: explore quality not quantity. The best things come in small packages, right? This applies to food as well. Think about what you love! Is it chocolate, strawberries, chocolate covered strawberries? When you eat it, take a breath, sit down and allow yourself to fully experience the taste, the texture in your mouth. This is a great way to indulge in your favorite foods without going overboard.
When all else fails, just have fun. If you’ve had a stressful day, try turning on some fun 80s tunes, pulling out some random ingredients and get creative. We like to follow the simple rule of “eat the rainbow.” With every meal, try to get lots of colors on your plate. Play, create, and enjoy. Because food is not to be feared, but is essential self-care.
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