Nourishing your body through food is one of the most important forms of self-care. What we eat, when we eat, and how much we eat can play a big role in how we show up in our lives. This form of self-care can be neglected in a variety of ways: someone may skip meals because they are too busy to stop, eat as fast as possible between tasks, or even avoid hunger cues to lose weight. We are all born with an innate ability to satisfy our needs around food. As we grow into adulthood, it is common to base our food choices on external factors instead of using our innate wisdom to guide us. Here are a few examples of how food connects to caring for ourselves:

Food Impacts Our Energy and Productivity

Our body requires regular food and water to function optimally, and ultimately, to survive. Eating every two to three hours helps to stabilize blood sugars, satisfy hunger levels, and maintain energy throughout the day. This connects to our ability to how we show up in our workplace, our relationships, and our ability to move our bodies

Food Impacts Our Outlook

We all know what “hangry” looks like, whether we’ve experienced it ourselves or seen it in loved ones. When our brain and cells aren’t getting the fuel they need to function, we can become irritable. If we over-fuel, we can end up feeling sluggish and lethargic. Tune into your hunger and fullness cues to help find a balance.

Food Provides Satisfaction and Connection

Food is a part of every aspect of our lives, from celebrations to mourning. It is completely human and a normal part of a person’s relationship with food to get comfort and satisfaction from what we eat. It’s why we choose a warm bowl of soup on a cold day or an ice cream cone on a hot summer day. Remember that food is essential to our existence and is meant to be enjoyed.

My Viva Plan can help you create a meal plan that satisfies your hunger and craving while helping you lose weight. It is important to fuel your body with foods that include vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to keep you feeling your best and help you stay healthier. To learn more about our meal plans, contact us today!