What is the most basic form of self care?
Food is the most basic form of self care. Period.
I have always had issues with food. From the time I was 13 years old and couldn’t stop eating from various fast food chains. To when I was 14 years old at a councillors office being asked to draw a self portrait, (I was deep in the grunge 90’s phase with baggy cut off jeans and oversized shirts, so I drew myself accordingly) my mother was then asked by the councillor “why do you think she drew herself like that?” my mother replied “maybe because her weight has fluctuated so much in the last couple years?!”
Cut to me having a weight problem after that day.
I became sick with digestive issues after I dropped a bunch of weight at 15 years old, also due to being on antibiotics for an entire year from tonsillitis, until those got surgically removed. Oh and I forgot to mention that my grandmother used to poison my food to make me sick so I couldn’t go out with my friends… that made me terrified to trust food at anyone’s house… I started bringing my own food everywhere I went and eating only and I mean ONLY what I brought… then I knew it was safe. I was an international model from 15-21 so all my food intake was monitored, criticized etc. “A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips” is what my Dad always told me. Then I became a bulimic at 20 years old… food was either going to make me sick, or fat. And I didn’t want either to happen.
So you could say I have had my fair share of food issues in my life.
When I finally felt like I deserved to eat whatever I wanted, I was pregnant and indulged in everything! My baby was made by chocolate! I loved it all and ate everything! Putting on 48lbs with that pregnancy, and every pound tasted as good as the one before. I finally didn’t care, I had an excuse “I’m eating for two”. But then the birth came and I no longer had an excuse, even though I was breast feeding I still got the question “are you almost close to your pre-pregnancy weight?” a lot! I didn’t know I was racing to get back to my jeans and t-shirts. But challenge accepted, and bulimic again… what a cycle I was on.
This took me years to overcome and realize that I truly needed to love myself and not give a $h*t what anyone else thought of me or said to me. Food is the one thing I can control in my life, when all other things couldn’t be controlled… what people say behind my back, a global pandemic, job loss etc. But the one thing we can control, is how we nourish our bodies, how we love ourselves and what we eat.
Food is energy, food is fuel, food is life.
Thats why I started drinking a green smoothie daily, 11 years ago. Easiest way to get in fruits and greens. And my body thanked me, I have more energy and sleep better and improved my digestion because of them.
The second thing I added was my crockpot, and making veggie dishes, including stews and soups regularly. Working full time and being a morning person, I get a lot done in the AM and little done in the PM. Here’s one soup recipe I absolutely love and just made from adapting the look of @earthyandy soup pictures. – I’m very inspired by Instagram pictures. If you don’t know her, follow her on social media, she lives in Hawaii and makes amazing recipes.
Vegan Cream Soup
- 3 Cups Chopped Potatoes
- 3 Cups Chopped Carrots
- 4 Cups Frozen Broccoli and Cauliflower
- Almost cover veggies with broth or water and seasoning or bullion cube
- 1.5 Tsp Saje
- salt and pepper to taste
Blend 1/4 of the veggies with 1.5 Cups Cashews and 1/2 Cup Nutritional Yeast… Pour back in the soup and stir. Enjoy.
We really have to realize that we are worth it, we are worth taking care of ourselves and eating nutritious foods to help us thrive. Sometimes its hard if you don’t love yourself… there is always something mentally going on when we are constantly eating “junk” food or foods that don’t nourish us. By adding a healthy meal to your weekly routine, when normally you would opt for fast food is a great place to start. Have a crock pot day… literally you can throw anything in it. Any vegetables, your favourite spices, and you’re good to go. When in doubt… BLEND! Blended always makes it taste better. I was making so many blended soups when I first started with my crockpot. No shame in my game. Throw in some frozen mixed veggies, chop some little potatoes, add water and bullion cube or spices, or veggie broth and you’re done in less than 10 minutes. Boom supper is ready when you get home.
So when you’re thinking about “Getting Healthier” in 2021. Keep it simple, love yourself, and start with the food.
Because… You’re Worth it.
Happy New Year,