Lunch is my happy place. A time of connection, where I get to take a break from planning and forward thinking projects, to just be present. With my companion. With the food. The following are my top three ABC tips when it comes to bringing self care into your lunchtime. ***Click to find the Wake Up and Mid Morning Tips***
I never eat lunch at my desk. It is a rule that I made for myself when I started working from home. Lunch is an event in my hOMe, called Lunchtime with Emily. It is a time to getaway from whatever my mental capacity was working on, to take a break. To dance a little bit while making sandwiches or warming up leftovers. To have nice conversations with my love. To nourish not only my body, but my mind and spirit.
Please give yourself permission to step away from your desk to eat your lunch. I know it might seem scary at first, that an email will come in that you have to respond to, or you'll have to stay 20 minutes longer at the end of the day since you didn't work through your lunch. But just imagine how your body, mind, and spirit will feel when you getaway. It's like a mini-midday vacation. You need it, as much as your body needs food. Try it just 1x/week and notice the benefits for yourself. Most likely you'll never eat at your desk again! That is my hope anyway.
When I make lunch the heartiest meal of the day, my body is happy. Why is that, you ask? Well, because according to Ayurveda, my digestive fire is strongest during the midday, between 11am - 1pm. Meaning that I digest my food easiest at this time of day.
That being said, I don't usually chow down on bacon burgers and fries, as in the picture. But sandwiches, warmed up leftovers and variations of kitchari are very common.
Because of the reasons listed above, it may be needless to say that, to me, lunch is the most important meal of my day. When I getaway and feed myself healthy, hearty nourishment, I'm ready to get back to work feeling refreshed, alive, and and alert.
When we can slow down and really enjoy our food, our life takes on a much deeper quality. I love to sit and eat quietly and enjoy each bite, aware of the presence of my community, aware of all the hard and loving work that has gone into my food. When I eat in this way, not only am physically nourished, I am also spiritually nourished.
~Thich Nhat Hanh~
I am on the journey to create joy and live with full happiness. And my wish for you is to do the same!
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