A massive part of self-care I have found that really supports me is what I eat. I know all too well it can be easy to grab something quick or snack on sugary foods to keep me going throughout the day. Whilst in all honesty it leaves me more tired than when I started, with the highs and lows of the sugar spikes.
There's nothing better than a big bowl of hot home-made soup at this time of year. I made this today, it was the perfect meal to ward off the freezing cold weather we are having at the moment, plus it's full of loads of super nutritious veggies and some great supportive spices too.
One thing I have found over the years is exercise for me is supper supportive for my body, and also my mental health and wellbeing.
I previously worked as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, yoga teacher and kids swimming teacher. I've been at both ends of the same extreme from training really hard, twice a day to nothing at all. Neither of which were supportive or self-loving for myself or my body.
At this time of year the morning can be pretty chilly, and I for one love a warm breakfast to start the day.
When I was younger I used to like my mums porridge, though I have found over the years my body doesn't like gluten. I've tried alternatives such as gluten free porridge, there's lots of discussion about oats being completely gluten free, I'll leave this for you to check out yourself. What I am experimenting with is if I get the same feeling from gluten free oats as I did when I used to eat porridge. This is something no one can tell me, but something I have to find out from listening to my body.
I recently saw a post on social media for what sounded like an amazing free event about having a different relationship with money, which was run by the Charitable Institution College of Universal Medicine (http://www.coum.org). Now I would have loved to go to this event, though that wasn't possible as it was in Australia, though I did manage to speak to a friend who went. Now I can't tell you what the course was about as I wasn't there, but one thing my friend shared that she took away from it, was appreciating paying her bills. What???? I nearly fell of my seat with that, appreciating paying for my bills, I had never ever considered this in my life.
So originally I was going to make my own homemade baked beans as all the ones out there are packed full of sugar, and if you like a bit of sweetness, you can get it from the tomatoes. However, this recipe kind of grew arms and legs as I made it, and turned more into a homemade veggie spicy baked bean chilli. This is packed full of protein from the beans and lots of nourishment from the vegetables.
We all know exercise is good for our health, and has many benefits, with experts often suggesting exercise as a way to unwind, combat stress, illness and disease, and the obvious to keep our weight down.
But what if there was a way to exercise that specifically supported us for the work we do?
Whilst looking through a book, Esoteric Teachings & Revelations, by Serge Benhayon, I came across a quote that stopped me in my tracks,
“All your hurts is how you have been with others.”1