I remember during my child bearing days that I would always have my diaper bags filled with bottles, wipes, toys, and food. I wouldn’t think of leaving without provisions for my babies, but I’m realizing that I don’t do the same for myself.
Do you think it’s strange to bring a small bag of snacks with you throughout the day? We do it for our children, and I often make myself a food bag whenever I leave the house, but when I’m rushing I can forget to take care of myself, and I have been forgetting to make my food bag.
This last weekend, we had a wonderful baby shower for my daughter. This whole month has been focused on preparations for her shower. Her mother-in-law flew in from Maui and was with them for two weeks. We had a lot of extra errands, cooking, cleaning, and shopping to do this month in preparation.
One night we all went out to dinner and I was already hungry before we left. I was unprepared for the long wait. When I get overly hungry, I get irritable, and my daughter offered me some cheerios she had in a baggie. I gratefully took a handful to hold me off before our meal.
I thought to myself, “She’s already a good mommy to herself. She didn’t leave the house without some food in her purse.”
Why don’t we take good care of ourselves as we do for our children?
An important part of self-love is having a food bag. I was caught off guard that night at the restaurant. I usually have food with me so I won’t get overly hungry. I was thankful my daughter was prepared. She’s taking good care of herself during this pregnancy, and I know that she’s always packed herself food even before she was pregnant.
During her shower she was literally showered with gifts. She got one amazing diaper bag from her sister-in-law, which I know she will keep filled with all the things she needs to care for her little girl.
For your children you put their food, blankets, diapers and everything they’ll need for the day inside of their diaper bag. What would you put in your food bag to take care of yourself?
One way of acting on self-love is to love yourself as if you were your own loving mother.
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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!