It’s a good idea to get in the habit of asking, “how can I be kind to myself right now?” when you are choosing something to eat.
This question is different than, “What should I eat?” or “What am I supposed to eat?”. There are enough diets in the world to answer these questions. All you need to do is look any of them up and you can find rules and menus to last a lifetime, you might never need to think for yourself again!
Asking yourself how you can be kind when choosing what you will eat right now is different because it requires you to be in tune with your body’s needs in this very moment. Not yesterday or tomorrow or last week or next week, but now.
Now might reveal that your body would do well with protein. Now might inspire you to choose vegetables as part of or even your whole meal or maybe none at all. It might lead you to more carbohydrates or more fat or maybe less of everything, because right now, you are not that hungry.
Now will unlikely lead to to eat in a manner that is poor for your health. It’s unlikely that it will tell you to binge or starve or choose foods that make you feel sick. Now has your best interest in mind and can be used as a compassionate tool to guide your eating.
Staying present and honest in this very moment will help you make the best choices for your body right now. Your choices might look different than a diet menu or what the next person is choosing, but that is OK because those things never need to be of your concern, anyway. Let others also choose their “right now” and everyone wins.
If you find that you have a difficult time deciding on how or what to eat, try offering yourself a bit of kindness and ask what would be best for you right now.
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