Practical Self-Care • Part 2: Nourishment
This is the second part in our practical self-care series. Below I’ve outlined a few reminders on one of the most important parts of self-care: nourishment. A lot of these may seem like common sense, but sometimes we just need a gentle reminder to keep us on track.
There’s a chance you’ve forgotten to eat. I do it all the time. It happens. Right now, just go eat something. A+ if it’s something healthy, but if you haven’t eaten anything all day, don’t worry about it being healthy. Something is better than nothing.
Put down the junk food.
I know, I know the desire to just grab something that you don’t have make. Do yourself a favor, though, and grab something easy that’s also healthy. I usually grab some Greek yogurt.
Eat your fruits and veggies.
My favorite things to snack on are blueberries and strawberries. If fruitetarians were a thing, I would try. I’m not a fan of veggies. However, I do feel better when I eat them. My favorite is broccoli (I know, it’s weird). And I can tolerate carrots. They make a good snack food along with snap peas. You can also get these by making smoothies!
Get some protein.
Fish would be best because of the Omega-3s, however other lean meat options are good. Nuts, tofu, and Greek yogurt are also some decent options. I would stray from red meat if I could help it.
Eat when you’re hungry.
When you’re bored or depressed or anxious or excited or any emotion at all, it’s really easy to just eat. Grab a handful of something and shove it in your mouth. I know I do it far too often. Sometimes I have to take a moment and question if I really am hungry or if I just need something to do. This buffer question can help you monitor your intake of food. We absolutely, 100% need food, but we don’t need it all the time.
We all know how easy it is to grab something that tastes good, but sometimes a glass of water just feels good. If you’ve been sweating and/or crying, your body could definitely use the extra H2O.
Take your vitamins.
If you have an unbalanced diet, I would suggest picking up a multivitamin. However, you’d be best going to a doctor and seeing if you’re deficient in anything. That’s how I found out that I had a vitamin D deficiency, despite living in sunny Florida.
What would you add to this list?