Today is a holiday for lovers. But, tbh, the most important relationship you will ever have, is with yourself :) So no matter if you’re flying solo or have a S.O., #treatyoself to one of these things to show yourself love & kindness today. (WARNING: Food is involved.) (Always.)
#1) Clean out your fridge and/or pantry.
Let’s be honest... if you open your fridge or pantry and see nothing but chaos, you’re going to feel stressed out about the mess and might even find yourself saying, “I have nothing to eat!” Do your house and self a solid by cleaning out the old to make room for the new. For more guidance on how to create a healthier fridge, check out our past post here.
#2) Donate food to a local food pantry.
While you’re cleaning out your kitchen, you may come across some items you could do without. Instead of tossing them, consider dropping them off at your local food bank. Most needed items tend to be: peanut butter, canned meats, canned vegetables and fruit, pasta and cereal.
#3) Cook a meal for yourself and your family.
Cooking can be an enjoyable experience when you make a simple mindset shift. Instead of looking at cooking as “a chore I must check off my to-do list,” try approaching it as “I am nourishing my body to be it’s best.” Also, make things fun by turning up the tunes and involving friends or family members to help with ingredient prep. We recommend these fast & easy meal ideas!
#4) Visit your closest Farmers Market and buy some locally grown products.
It'll feel good to support your local farmers and know that you're also getting the freshest ingredients around! Don’t worry if you’re a little intimidated by the market. Take our top tips to help you navigate the market with ease!
#5) Listen to your body.
Fuel your body when it’s hungry, and stop eating when it’s feeling full. Sometimes we lose sight of how we actually feel when we’re distracted by the clock, our devices, or even preoccupied by the amount of food left on our plate or in a package. Try to honor your body’s needs, which ever that may be, by tuning into your hunger and fullness signals.
#6) Savor the flavor of your food.
Fifteen minute lunch breaks during elementary school did not do us good. Try to give yourself a full 20 minutes to complete your meal, so that you can more fully enjoy the flavors of your food.
#7) Gift a friend, family member or co-worker one of these punny Valentines.
Since it is Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to show those you love, just how much you love them :)
How else do you show yourself love & kindness through food? Tell us in the comments below or tag us @themealplanningmethod!