People always like to report to me what they're eating.
I find this sweet and an easy conversation starter. I can see the excitement in their eyes as they talk about their healthy choices or their latest binge on burgers and fries. I listen and nod my head as we workout, walk or when I bump into them at the grocery store.
But the truth life shouldn't just be about the food. Food is a huge piece of health and happiness, but it's not the whole picture. Our lives should be filled with many things that bring us joy and fill us up in other ways and not just through our stomachs.
It's easy to focus on the food because most of us eat at least a few times a day and it's something we all can relate to. However, I encourage you to take a look at the importance you place on food preparation and planning and see if what you're doing is working for you. Are you placing too much emphasis on preparing and cooking your own food or are you not caring enough? Is it interfering in your relationships or are you not leaving your house because you're worried about your next meal? If you find yourself struggling with this below are a few things to try if you find yourself a little too food focused.
Here are some simple ways that have helped me look beyond the plate.
(even though it's also part of my job!)
Limit time in the kitchen.
Pre-plan family meals for the week (allowing room for change and being flexible)
Engage in non-food joy activities like....time with friends, hiking and reading books for pleasure.
Stay hydrated...drink more water or hot tea
Meet friends for walks
Learn something new...musical instrument, new skill or hobby
Get out of your comfort zone....challenge yourself.