A big part of taking care of ourselves is listening to our bodies. We are our own best healers and advocates. What works? What doesn’t work? This applies to what we eat as well. Each person is unique with different biochemical needs and diverse lifestyle and food preferences. I wholeheartedly believe that you should eat what works best for you. Not a big fan of kale (as an example)? Try experimenting with it to see if you like it prepared a certain way or get your greens fix elsewhere – find out how it best fits into your experience with your food and your life. Everyone is different. Figure out what works for you! It’s all about listening to your body and providing nourishment specific to you.
For those of us with chronic health issues, sometimes this can be tricky. What works one day may not work the next. For instance, I know that I have to be really careful about avoiding gluten and dairy entirely, but when I have a flare-up I’ve noticed that it helps if I avoid other foods as well, such as grains or anything that is tough on my stomach. It can be confusing and frustrating. This is why listening to your body and having self-compassion is essential. You can empower yourself through being mindful about how you feel during certain times, after eating certain foods, and so forth. It’s all about using self-awareness to glow!
Made to Glow Self-Care Tip: Honor your body by figuring out what works for YOU and what you like and focus on those nutritious foods to help you get your glow on!
Along the same lines, I wanted to share a great resource I came across recently. It’s all about creating healthy eats (everything from breakfast to dessert), inspiring new combinations of flavors and foods, and making nutrition fit into your lifestyle. PowerCakes, aka Kasey Arena, started the ‘Powerbowl Challenge’ during the month of September to provide inspiration to others. I absolutely love Kasey’s motto, ‘be true to you’. This challenge is a great way to have fun with your food and get lots of ideas to create easy, nutritious meals. Although it’s called a ‘challenge’, the point is to share your Powerbowls to create positivity around simple, healthy meals (ie Powerbowls) and inspire one other (nothing is competitive or negative at all.) It’s not too late to join or even just check it out to get some motivation to make your own healthy meals. I’m honored – one of my Powerbowl entries last week was even featured in one of her blog posts!
Here’s what Kasey says about the Powerbowl Challenge:
“So, what is a POWERBOWL? A Powerbowl is a bowl filled with foods you enjoy and foods that fuel your body. These can be veggie based, basically like a salad, or any other ingredients you literally can put together into a bowl! I personally like to include a carb, protein, & fat to have a balanced meal or I’ll throw in some peanut butter, frozen banana & a few squares of dark chocolate for dessert! I tend to open my fridge & chop up whatever we have, throw it into a bowl, & call it a POWERBOWL! Creations are endless any time of the day and can be tailored to your likes & your bodies needs. I truly believe in my motto “be true to you” so this is a fun way to be inspired by others creations while being true to yourself & your food choices.”
For more information and to participate in the #PowerbowlChallenge, click here. I hope you’ll join me!