Set The Table For Your Meals; Treat Yourself Like An Important Guest
How do you set your table for your meals? Do you set the table to eat? Eating your meals is an opportunity to treat yourself lovingly a minimum of 3 times a day.
I remember eating on the go when my kids were little. It was hard to have a relaxing meal with 4 children aged 7 and below! Food became my way of “treating” myself. When I look back on those days from my perspective today, I can see that I was not really treating myself very well. Eating in the car, in front of the TV and while cooking dinner are all examples of my unconscious eating days.
When you commit to regularly offering yourself love you get an opportunity to nourish yourself with food everyday. The way in which you eat is just as important as what you eat.
I invite you to think about an important person in your life. This person can be alive or dead, fictional or spiritual. The idea is to think of someone who you honor. Let’s pretend that you can invite this person to breakfast, lunch or dinner and he or she would accept your invitation! You can invite the President of the United States, Jesus, Buddah or Susan B. Anthony. It could be a movie star, singer, professional athlete or a family member or friend you love.
I’m imagining having Michelle Obama over for lunch. I know I would clean my house, put flowers on my table and bring out my pretty glasses. I would take time to decide what the menu would be. I would want it to be delicious, healthy and colorful.
I would not ask Michelle to jump in the car with me to grab something from a fast food place and eat it with me in my car as I drove to my next destination.
The way we treat someone important to us gives us clues on how to treat ourselves.
When is the last time you set your table with mindfulness and with an intention to bring beauty, peace and love to yourself and others, along with your food? If it’s a ongoing practice, good for you! If not, I invite you to sit at a table for each meal. I hope you will prepare it and eat it in a manner that you would with your important guest because there is no one more important to your body than you!
May’s self-love writing prompt is Body Gratitude. You can share your self-love journey with the Love Warrior Community by submitting your self-love posts to be published here on Self-Love Warrior, or you can share them on the Self-Love Diet Facebook page.
Michelle Minero, the Co-Founder of this blog and the overarching Love Warrior Community published her book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. You can buy her book online or at stores in Petaluma, Sonoma and Healdsburg, California. You can also purchase a copy Michelle’s book through Amazon. For upcoming events and book signings, visit Michelle’s Events page.
Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. Her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies.
Michelle 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. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter.