04 April 2016

Thoughts on Salad and Loving Yourself

For a long time, salad was a form of punishment for myself. ''You're eating salad for lunch because you need to lose weight and clear your skin,'' I told myself as I reluctantly ate salad without dressing (or croutons, or cheese--basically lettuce. ew madeline why). 
It's taken a while, but through adventures and mistakes I've realized how wrong that mindset is. I've started caring about my health again and eating better than I have been, but my mindset is totally different. 
''You're eating salad because it's good for your body and you love yourself,'' I've been telling myself. And you know what? I've been eating caesar salad with as many croutons and as much cheese as I want. And I love it.
I love knowing I'm feeding my body what will make it strong for years to come. I eat lettuce and spinach because I love myself, but in the same meal I also eat dressing and croutons and cheese because I love myself. 
This mindset extends from just my lunch. I eat chocolate and sugar because I love myself and I want to treat myself. But at the same time, I don't eat too much of it because I love myself. 
When I eat, my mindset is a loving one. And I hope and pray yours is too. In this world, loving yourself is so important. It's a journey, and it's not achieved over night. Heck, I know my journey is far from done. But please join this loving journey with me. 

-Madeline's thoughts over lunch 

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11 comments:

  1. yes! I used to do the same thing. (I still find myself doing the same thing. lol.) and I always try to remind myself that I should do healthy things because I love myself. I eat right not to lose weight, because weight is seriously just a number, but to do it because I honestly feel better when I do. I have energy and my stomach isnt bloated and I feel beautiful.

    stay beautiful <3

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    1. Yes exactly! It's a great mindset to have and it's true that eating healthy really does make one feel better.

      Thanks for your comment :)
      -M

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  2. Yes, yes, yes! This is something I'm just beginning to realize. "Moderation" is something that I have been feeling God is telling me to achieve - in what I eat, as well as basically everything I do. Awesome post!
    -Maddie

    P.S. My name is also Madeline, but most people call me Maddie:)

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    1. Moderation is key! Thank you for your comment :)

      -M

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  3. this is an amazing and very true post. last year i would eat spinach and a few tomatoes. and an apple. and that was my lunch. now i have mixed steamfresh veggies, an apple, and plain popcorn. i have learned moderation is key and that is why i added a few chocolate chips to the banana muffins i made today :)

    xo
    emily

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    1. Very true! Super proud of you, you go girl. :) Enjoy those banana muffins!

      -M

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  4. This is so beautiful, I think everyone goes through periods of having quite an unhappy relationship with food at some points of our lives and I guess we are more vulnerable to that at this age.

    I'm also commenting to inform you that I have moved my blog to one with a more suitable name and design. I would be more than grateful if you would like to resubscribe and come along with me!

    Lauren | Sincerely, Lauren Emily

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Lauren! Thanks for telling me, I'm going to follow right now. :)

      -M

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  5. This was so beautiful! Also LOVE your blog! <3

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p.s. you're looking fab today.