But let's talk about the importance of finding joy and pleasure beyond just what we eat and drink. I know, I know. That's not as much fun.
A tasty meal can definitely make us happy at the moment, that instant gratification, but relying solely on food for ALL our pleasure can lead to unhealthy habits like overeating or emotional eating. This is the same with binge drinking. It is a cycle that leaves you feeling way worse.
So, here's the deal: dopamine, the "feel-good" neurotransmitter, isn't only triggered by food and alcohol. That's so dope (haha, see what I did there?)
We get those happy vibes from:
1. Engaging in activities that bring excitement, happiness, and a sense of accomplishment.
2. Spending time with friends and being part of a community. Socializing, laughing, and having meaningful conversations can really light up our brains and make us feel like we belong.
3. Trying something new (love this one!)
4. Soaking up sunshine.
5. Making a difference in someone else life, giving back.
6. Getting good sleep (yesssssss).
7. Moving your body, like a good kitchen dance party.
It's about finding a variety of experiences that light up our brains and make us feel good in a sustainable way.
Listen friend, taking care of yourselves is super important. I know you're tired and stretched thin, but put on that oxygen mask. Self-care and pursuing non-food pleasures are essential parts of a fulfilling life. You don't have to earn them; you deserve them simply because you exist.
What would it look like to prioritize self-care, nurture your connections, and explore all the wonderful experiences waiting for you beyond the plate?