A Joyful Eating moment is when our full attention is on the food before us, and all self-deprecating thoughts, food rules and to-do-lists fade away as we experience the joy of eating.
A Joyful Eating moment is an act of self-care. Self-care can be any activity we partake in with the intention of taking care of our mental, emotional and physical health.
Unfortunately, we often believe that self-care is something that we need to earn or deserve; that we can only allow ourselves time for self-care when we’ve ticked off everything on our to-do list or achieved a goal. This thinking is the result of diet culture and must-achieve mentality, and does more to deprive us of happiness and contentment in this moment.
However, there is nothing we need to do or achieve to be worthy of self-care right now; no matter our weight or size, or accomplishments. “when you recognise that you can only experience the world and express yourself through the one body that you have, it is not self-indulgent or selfish to care for yourself, it is imperative.”— Joyful Eating: How to Break Free of Diets and Make Peace with Your Body.
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