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Ask Yourself this One Question About Self Care

It’s time to rethink what it means to treat ourselves.

Updated 11/2020

As I enjoyed the sunshine for the first time in days, and realized how much I missed walking daily, it made me realize how much the things that are good for us are enjoyable, yet often dismissed in lieu of something more “naughty”. I started thinking about what we consider rewards, or treating ourselves. Birthday cake, special pastries for holidays, office parties with baked goods – the list goes on.

When did we stop cherishing the simple yet effective everyday choices like eating more fruits and vegetables or moving more?

Haven’t we all bit into that first sweet strawberry of spring, or anticipated that surprising crunch of the first honeycrisp in fall and enjoyed it more than we could describe?

Looking at pinterest, it’s obvious we love seasonal produce, salads, and perhaps, dare I say, discovering a new fitness idea? It’s time to reclaim that and make everyone stop the madness of making fun of taking care of ourselves. Next time you are out and make a better choice ordering in a restaurant, or decide to walk instead of drive, own it. If someone makes a snide remark about your healthier, wise choice, instead of laughing with them, make like a hockey player and check them (verbally, please, not physically).

If we don’t all start taking a stand and celebrating our health and the choices that it takes every day to care for ourselves, we will never reclaim control of our weight or what’s on your plate. So next time you see me walking on a day that’s just a little too cold, come join me and we’ll soak up the sun together. Are you in?

By Kim Kirchherr

I am a dietitian working in food and fiber (agriculture) through retail, addressing opportunities to make things better for people and planet.