Self-care isn’t all about spa days and meditation. Although both of those things can form part of your self-care practices for sure.
When you start looking at it from a different angle, self-care can also include how you do some of the things you might see as more mundane, everyday or ordinary.
I’m a firm believer that what, and how, you eat should be seen as an integral part of your self-care.
Afterall, what you eat has a direct impact on both your physical and mental wellbeing, right?
The quality of the food you nourish your body with determines, to a large extent, the quality of health your body is capable of creating.
It’s really simple, your body can only work with what it’s got.
Imagine trying to build a house if you only had pebbles and not bricks. You’d get a very wonky house.
So, when you think about it like this it makes sense that you’d want the majority of the food you eat to be as nourishing as possible, so you don’t end up with a wonky body.
Snacking is often an area where good intentions fall by the wayside.
Own up, have you ever scoffed down a scone to supress a mid-morning/afternoon hunger pang or mindlessly munched your way through a sharing-sized pack of crisps before dinner without even really registering what you’re eating?
What we reach for when we’re ravenously hungry, bored or upset is just as important as what we eat at mealtimes.
When you see food and eating as self-care, this kind of snacking may not feel so appealing.
When you choose a healthier, more nourishing snack, you won’t fall pray to the highs and lows of the sugar rollercoaster. You’ll maintain more even energy levels and be more focused and productive.
So, what does a healthy snack look like? Here are some of my favourites:
- Vegetable sticks and hummus
- Apple slices and nut butter
- 3 – 4 brazil nuts
- Homemade falafels
- Homemade mini nut burgers or balls
- Raw cacao energy balls
- 1/2 avocado (scoop straight from the skin with a teaspoon)
- A date stuffed with nut butter
- A handful of nuts and seeds
- A small green smoothie
I hope these ideas helps you to change your snacking habits and avoid snacking sabotaging your self-care.
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