They say that abs are built in the kitchen, but I argue that a healthy lifestyle is founded, rooted, and based in the kitchen. Not everyone has time or money or means to get to the gym – but everyone has a kitchen. We all have to eat. Making healthy choices, prepping food for loved ones to take to work and kids to take to school benefits the family as a whole. The boost of energy and pride in eating well is usually the beginning of every lifestyle change. It’s natural that, once we start taking care of ourselves in one area of life, it spills over. Next comes getting enough sleep, exercising, and confidence and focus all around.
Since I moved to the city, I have enough time to make a good breakfast, prep all my food, and cook a nice dinner when I get home. The meref act of having prime snacks and meals on hand made me excited to run to the gym, get in a solid lifting session, and run back home. I then slept soundly, started walking to work instead of driving, and even take walks on my lunch break to give myself a mental, physical, and spiritual boost during another hectic day in the office.
What’s unexpected, though, is that I’ve become just as zealous in other aspects of life, too – not just fitness & nutrition. Eating well and working out have brought out this inner angst to get.it.together in every adult-y sense. I’m writing more, did my taxes on time for the first year EVER and find myself googling things like “how to build your credit score” and “ways to boost your financial portfolio” at work. huh? Since WHEN was I a real adult?
I truly feel that taking good care of yourself physically encourages you to take good care of yourself mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It teaches patience, boosts confidence, and empowers us to be selfish in terms of our own health and happiness. These benefits spill over into how we conduct ourselves in the workplace, relationships, family and friendships. True self-love and confidence are difficult for anyone to ignore. Simply put, they just shine through.
We teach people how to treat us, but I think we truly project how we treat ourselves. When we love, cherish, and honor our own health and happiness, we attract those that respect and love us for who we are. Our vibe attracts our tribe, and a tribe of self-love and positivity just brings even more love and light into an already blessed life 🙂
Take care of yourself, folks.