If there is one lesson I think I can take away from the past week, is to be kind to myself.
I am being kind to my body and have been drinking a green smoothie every morning in the past while. But I also started adding them as snacks when I feel starved half way through the day, or as a "fast food" supper if I'm in a rush.
I also started incorporating lemon water upon raising in the morning. Lemon water is great for detoxing, as it cleanses the liver and kidneys, and also sweeps your colon. It's also been curbing my craving for sweets through the day, and keeping my appetite stable. That's a lot of benefit, for one little fruit!
Personally, I do about half a lemon juiced with hot water in my cup. The best time to take this is when you wake up, and then wait 30 minutes to 1 hour before having breakfast.
But this is not a habit yet, and sometimes I am half way through my breakfast smoothie when I realize I forgot. Instead of beating myself up and feeling like I fell off the wagon, I am kind with myself, I take it later in the day and try to remember the next day.
Being kind to myself is not something that comes naturally to me. Which is one of the reasons why I felt like I failed in so many things in the past, especially healthy eating. I realize now that it's not about winning, loosing, failing, or anything like that. It's about growing, learning, and knowing that you there for yourself, when things didn't quite go as planned, that you are just going to pick yourself up and keep going on this beautiful journey you set off to go about.
Another way I've been kind to myself, is that I recently stopped seeing food as a way to "feed" myself, but as a way to nourish myself. I still enjoy food, maybe more now than before even. I have been enjoying preparing my food more lately, and maybe it has to do with all the beautiful, fresh and colourful ingredients I've been using. Preparing my food has been nourishing my soul, nourishing the artistic side of me who loves to create, who loves colour. I basically started seeing it as art, something that resonates with me. I am getting as much satisfaction to prepare our meals and snacks, as I am eating them.
I am, being kind to myself.