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I’ve found myself thinking a lot about self care now that the kids are in school and my days involve multiple drop offs and pick ups. Days are spent picking up groceries, items for school…and mountains of dirty laundry and dishes.

If I’m not careful, the day will be gone and I will have subsisted on coffee and a luna bar. Worse, I get crazy hungry and resort to fast food or handfuls of halloween candy or cheese crackers!

We need good food if we are to feel our best. It seems harder to eat things that are “real” when there is always a package, box, or bag of something artificial at hand. Our body signals hunger and craves nutrients–not just calories. Do you know that experts recommend eating 10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day?

As Michael Pollen says–eat food from a plant, not food made in a plant.

Even as a Registered Dietitian I struggle. I have to slow down and remind myself to eat mindfully.

It doesn’t take any more time than eating processed garbage if you plan.

This morning, I started with a fresh pear and a handful of almonds and unsweetened coconut chips. No cooking. No prep.

Lunch ended up being a smoothie made from frozen dark cherries, almond milk, cocoa powder, and 2 cups of kale. I added chia seeds for healthy fat and fiber.

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I’m still at 3 servings! The thing about fiber is that it makes you feel very full. Nuts, fruits, veggies, seeds–are all great sources of dietary fiber. Fiber slows the release of sugar in to your blood stream as well as providing bulk and fullness. No sugar crashes here!

Yesterday, I roasted a variety of vegetables and had a big bowl for lunch.

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For dinner, I substituted the veggies for most of my pasta with a bolognese sauce.

Smoothies, salads, soups, stir fries, and assortments of roasted veggies can all help to increase your intake.

Eating well is one of the best ways to practice self care. Your body is your home. Treat it well.