“Imagine treating yourself the way you treat people you love. This means actually sitting in a chair when you eat.” –Geneen Roth, When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair
There are many opportunities to practice self-kindness in the kitchen. Cooking an unhurried, nourishing meal just for you is an excellent place to begin. So often we think that if we are not preparing food for our families or the people we love, why bother? Instead we opt for a handful of chips, a bowl of cold cereal or leftovers from a Tupperware container while we stand at the refrigerator with the door open. When we are alone in the kitchen, it is easy to send ourselves the message that we are simply not worth the effort.
But of course we are worth the effort, each and every one of us. We are our own family, deserving of nourishment, beauty and pleasure each and every day, regardless of whether there is anyone else around or not. Show yourself some love the next time you are hungry and alone in the kitchen. Prepare a meal just for you. It doesn’t have to be complicated; simple and delicious will do. Set a place at the table for yourself, sit down and enjoy your own company. Treat yourself like the precious guest that you are.