I went shopping for office furniture with a friend and colleague yesterday. We planned on driving to Emeryville to the IKEA store. Before I picked her up in my son–in–laws black Monster Truck, I stopped off at the local grocery store and picked up tabouli and a Turkey, tomato, cheese and spinach sandwich.
Returning home, I got out my food bag, put the tabouli, and sandwich inside, added my ice pack, thermal water bottle, napkins, spoon, an apple and two tangerines. I was ready.
For a decade of my life, 1980 – 1990, diaper bags were an integral part of my life. Having four children helped me with pre–planning. As a young mother I would never consider leaving the house for a trip with my babies without their diaper bag. Bottles, food, diapers, wipes, plastic bags, pacifiers, receiving blankets, and toys were the bare essentials.
Today, I love myself as much as I do my children by bringing my food bag with me on trips where I do not have definite restaurant plans. My body does not like being hungry. I get headaches, feel shaky, and tired if I go too long without eating. My husband teases that he can tell when I’m hungry because “You’re making your hungry face”.
My history of compulsive eating and dieting taught me one thing. When I get overly hungry, I will tend to over eat. I do my best to not set myself up for over eating.
Have you ever considered loving your body enough to pack yourself a “Self-Love Food Bag”? Do you have a story to share about how you take care of yourself? I’d love to read it! Join the Love Warrior community and tell us about your experiences with Body Love.
Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. She created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005. In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Michelle is finishing her book, Self-Love: The Only Diet That Works, and her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter and help spread the Self-Love Movement!