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Eating as an expression of self-love.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Today I am choosing to love myself through my food choices. Every meal contains foods that help support my health, that taste great & look pretty. I am worth the time, effort and attention. With this intention, I nourish my body, my mind and my spirit.

For the urinary tract infection I am fighting: blueberries, cranberries, cilantro
To support my kidneys: quinoa
To resist the yeast infection I often get when I take antibiotics: yogurt, garlic, cinnamon
To manage my diabetes: beans, garlic, cinnamon, radishes, onion, flaxseed, oats
To support my thyroid: corn
To keep depression at bay: fish, cabbage, oats, flaxseed, dark chocolate

An excellent site that offers a comprehensive list of health benefits by food & also by health conditions: www.healingfoodreference

Started the day by filling up my water bottle & putting in a sprig of mint. I like the taste & it keeps my breath fresh & how the sprig looks in the bottle.

Then made myself a breakfast skillet: zucchini, tomatoes, flaxseed, onion, celery, garlic, mushroom, 2 egg whites + 1 egg, a tbsp of each parmeson and feta.

Lunch was leftovers from last night's supper: a bit of pork loin and a lot of the cabbage salad (red & green cabbage, onion, carrots, celery, radish, apple with balsamic vinegar/olive oil/splenda dressing). Sorry no pic. Too bad because the cabbage salad was really pretty.

For snack, I made my favourite muffin recipe, Banana Orange Oatmeal Muffins, and bumped it up by adding 1 cup fresh cranberries & sprinkling a bit of dark chocolate on top. I immediately put 1/2 the batch in the freezer to have in my lunch next week.

For dinner, I'm making baked tilapia with a quinoa & black bean salad (made with corn, cilantro, tomatoes as well). And for the evening snack I've planned a home-made frozen yogurt (food processing greek yogurt, vanilla & frozen blueberries).

I used to think of food as a drug - a way to numb out & dull the pain of my life. The sweeter, saltier & mushier the better. I didn't really taste my food. Just shovelled it in mindlessly & never thought about what exactly is was I was eating.

Even though I still struggle with binge eating during times of stress, I've changed how I regard food. Now it is a way I can show myself that I am loved & worthy & deserving. Feeding my body nutritious foods helps me on so many levels. It empowers me to contribute to my own health. And besides all of that, I truly enjoy the taste of nutritious food more than I liked the taste of junk food. Junk food is about being mindless. Nutritious food is about being mindful.

Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.- Hippocrates

The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they'll ease
Your will they'll mend
And charge you not a shilling.
~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990

Health is a relationship between you and your body. ~Terri Guillemets
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