When it comes to being fed, I always think of myself last. I think the about the breakfast my kids will eat, what snacks will they have, what kind of nutritious lunch will I serve them? Being a mom has taught me that more often than not, I’m shifting the focus to the tiny humans at my feet before I’m focusing on myself. I end up throwing my meals together, or reaching for quick and easy options.
How many of us can get like this with feeding our mental and spiritual selves as well? As natural-born nurturers, we women tend to want to pour into others more often than we pour into ourselves. We make everyone else our first priority, and often give ourselves the leftovers. I constantly have to step back and evaluate where I’m being fed or how I’m choosing self-care. I go and go, and give and give, until I’m burnt out, exhausted and frustrated. Anyone feel me?
Whether you’re single, married, with kids or no kids, you have to get to the point where you make yourself a priority. You cannot pour out of an empty vessel. You have to look for ways to feed yourself. If your spirit woman is feeling hungry, wake up early to pray and study God’s Word and spend more focused time in His presence. You can also use the time that you’re cleaning or doing little tasks to listen to sermons or podcasts or worship music. Find time to feed yourself. If your mental & physical woman is needing fed, take a long bath, get a pedicure, go to the gym, have brunch with your girlfriends. You need time to feed your own self, so you’ll be refreshed to pour into others in whatever capacity that may be. Shake up your normal routine so that you’re making time to feed yourself. If what you’ve been doing is leaving you feeling tired, depleted, and hungry, SHAKE IT UP.
Now back to feeding myself naturally…like I said, I enjoy quick, easy meals that are healthy and satisfying. One of my favorite options is a protein shake. This is great when I get home from the gym, or when I need a quick breakfast on the go! I love that it’s full of protein so it keeps me full, but just a takes a couple of minutes to put together. Here is my go to protein shake recipe:
Strawberry Banana Protein Shake
1 cup of strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder of your choice.
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
Lots of ice.
Just throw all of this in your blender and blend until smooth!