The universe does this thing… where it aligns you with people, things and situations that match the energy you put out. The more you improve yourself and raise your vibration, the more you will see things that are beneficial to your well-being. -thinkgrowprosper
I am in an amazing place in my food journey. However, I one hundred percent have an eating problem. I eat to compensate for a lot of things, I eat to make myself feel better. I care a lot about food, I have gone through many different phases of eating (too much, too little, only this or that or way too much of this) and I have finally brought myself to a place where I feel like I can be honest with myself. It’s hard to be in the dark about why you don’t feel good. Sometimes you get to a point where you don’t even know what normal feels like anymore.
I often in the past felt quite alone on this journey because I thought it was only me who felt weird, my sister who has celiac has a reason for why she didn’t feel good. This may sound bad but at least she knows.
I would go to restaurants with friends or family and because I have been able to figure out certain random foods that my body doesn’t agree with I’m always the picky one or the one who makes so many substitutions. Going out with some friends can be challenging, for example when they want to go for ice cream, again… you sit there while they all eat their delicious ice cream and say “why don’t you just have one.” It is frustrating because you want one, but if you say yes you will feel terrible for at least 2-3 days and that is what they don’t understand. Or when you’re at a group function and they forget to order a gluten free pizza for the few people who wanted it, so you quietly sit out and mind your own business. But someone comes up to you and asks why you’re not having any, so you say “Oh don’t worry I’m okay” and they treat it like you’re doing your body harm, “you look amazing you don’t need to lose weight, just have one slice.” When in reality that’s what you used to do and would feel so sick that you regret it for the rest of the night, have a gluten hangover and forget all your responsibilities for the next day.
This is a little rant. I want to keep my page positive so I want to end this on a good note. Stay true to yourself. Do not compromise your beliefs because someone else is telling you what they think is best for you. Do not put anything in your body that you do not want to. Do not let anyone make you feel guilty for cherishing and protecting your body.
These are some of the things I like to do to unwind after a long day, whether you had an amazing productive day, a stressful day or a wonderful day the importance of rejuvenating and preparing for the day to follow is something that I have found incredibly helpful in improving my all around productivity.
- Go for a walk: I love to go for a walk if the weather permits, it allows you to regroup your thoughts, breath fresh air and relax. Some of my best thinking happens while in nature and if it was possible I would spend the majority of my time outside.
- Have a cup of tea: Have a calming cup of tea, one that isn’t chalked full of caffeine, this is one of my favourites, with the cordyceps it helps your breathing to deepen, relieves common symptoms of anxiety, I often have a cup of this while sitting on the patio and take a few quiet moments to myself.
- Tidy: Clean up any messes from the day, I find that I can’t fall asleep as easy if I think about waking up in the middle of the night and tripping over what ever I left out. I find it therapeutic to clean, but that one may be me specific.
- Yoga: Even 5 minutes of yoga is going to be helpful, take as much time as you can to bring your thoughts back to your mat, there are many online classes you could take, or do what feels right, figure out what your body needs and lean into it.
- Take a Shower: This one may seem common sense, however I know for me sometimes I just want to go to bed after a long day. I often find the times that I have taken the extra 5 minutes to rinse off, at the least, is an an amazing way to jump into bed fresh and clean mentally and physically.
- Find a book that is a daily read or daily entry style: Some good ones are the 5 year journals, small mindfulness practice books, wreck this journal, that sort of thing. I like to do these before I go to bed, it helps me to reflect from the day and bring my mind back to the right place before sleep.
- Listen to a podcast or something that makes you laugh: This is often something I do while cooking, hear some good nuggets on positivity and perspective. I also find that laughter is an essential nutrient so find what it is that makes you laugh and indulge a little.
Those are just a few, stay tuned for a list of my favourite podcasts, and some other ways I stay sane.
Thank you for reading!