Sounds ridiculous, right? The fact that I’m even reminding you to eat might make you want to move on to the next blog.
But, before you go, just stop for a minute. Think if there is any truth to what I’m asking, or any sense to examining the way you’re eating. This advice just might improve your days. One thing’s for sure, it will definitely improve your health.
When my children were little, meal times weren’t always what they were supposed to be. Cooking whatever happened to be in the fridge, serving all manner of odd meals that were either kid-friendly or easy to drop on a plate, and rushing through meal time became a regular thing when my babies and tots were around. Looking back, I thought I was doing a great job. After all, I was getting it all done. And our food choices weren’t really that bad.
Yet, when I think about those days, I realize there were many days I didn’t get to eat. Not an actual meal, anyway. And certainly not a very nutritious one. Or when I did, I didn’t eat enough, or ate too much, or ate the wrong things — often dining on the leftovers from kids’ plates or whatever else was easy to grab. The truth is, in between feeding little mouths and trying to keep catastrophes to a minimum, I hadn’t yet learned how to make the time for my own meal.
Sound familiar? Are you caught in a similar pattern of caring for others, yet finding no time to care for yourself?
I remember vividly the hectic mornings I would blend up homemade fruit compotes and baby foods for my kids, then shove a dry piece of toast in my own mouth. I knew I should be doing things differently, but I just didn’t know how to squeeze it all in. Because I couldn’t figure out a schedule for meals that worked, I felt like a worse failure, too. It was a cycle that lasted several years.
Fast forward to today, and I clearly see how food choices really affected me. I was exhausted all the time. My blood pressure was low. I had leg cramps that would turn into painful muscle aches. My heart didn’t beat correctly. And I spent a solid 15 years with itchy, uncomfortable hives on my hands and feet. Since I didn’t take action sooner, I suffered with these symptoms for many, many years. Even after learning the name for it — overtaxed adrenals (or “adrenal fatigue”) and changing my diet quite a bit, I still didn’t really make the connection between eating and my physical health in a very profound way.
So, when I caution you to sit down and eat, I am coming from the perspective of someone who knows. Had I made the time for myself when my children were young, and had I figured out a way to receive proper nutrition from the very beginning of motherhood, life would have unfolded much differently. I would have been in a habit. And that habit would probably have saved me many years of struggle and discomfort.
I don’t want you going through that.
There are ways I now see that I could have scheduled my life differently. I didn’t have to treat myself that way. You don’t, either.
Contact me if you need a time makeover. I would love to explain what you can do to get back your meal times…and regain your health.
Now, go sit down and eat.
As a coach, writer, recovered over-doer and busyness addict, I understand the challenges of creating a balanced, healthy lifestyle while the mind tries to sabotage your success. In my journey to vibrant health, I created a personalized health system of nutrition and supplementation, lifestyle changes, and I retrained my mind and the energy of my body. I view my success as the formula to my happy, healthy life. I now empower other women to create their own personalized formulas, including the tools and strategies just right for them! Amazing life shifts come from our relationships. I look forward to helping you, too!