Women Need to Care for Each Other... And Ourselves

Women Need to Care for Each Other… And Ourselves

March 8th, 2019

Women are the true creators of humanity… a woman was not created from a man’s rib; both, men and women,  came out of a woman’s vagina! Women have built humanity! And in doing so we, women, often neglect our own needs and well being. This blog post is dedicated to all those women who lovingly nurture and create and do not always have the knowhow to take care of themselves.

First, let me start by saying you are all worthy, powerful, and beautiful and you deserve self-care. Self-care is NOT selfish, it is you being responsible enough to put your own oxygen mask on before helping others. Most of us know that this is the proper order and yet we do very little if anything to contribute to our own mask going on first. For instance, in the US it is recommended for adults to consume 1.5 to 2 cups of fruits and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables each day.(1 ) Only 15.1 percent of women consume sufficient amounts of fruits and 10.9 percent of women consume sufficient amounts of vegetables.(2) Ladies! Eat your fruits and veggies!

Now you may say, “how and why?”

How? That’s easy. Fruits and Vegetables are not that difficult to find these days. Need a snack, have an apple or a banana. If the grocery store around you doesn't have fresh fruits and vegetables, make a request that they bring some over - you will be buying them. If you are a mom on the go, before you run out the door, pack an apple, a banana or even a cup or two of berries for yourself in addition to whatever you pack for your kids. Remember, your oxygen mask is just as important. Having lunch during a 10 to 12-hour workday - request a salad instead of a side of fries or steamed broccoli instead of rice with your takeout. Another way to add vegetables is to replace meats and dairy with fruits and veggies! Craving a steak, get a grilled portobello sandwich instead. As an alternative to adding cheese to your lunch dish, add avocado slices for extra creaminess. There are so many ways to be creative in adding fruits and vegetables to your daily food intake to not just meet but surpass those 2 to 3 cups per day!

“Why?” Tons of reasons, literally. Eating more fruits and vegetables supports the immune system, reduces the risk of cardiovascular and other common diseases, increases energy, and improves digestive health by supplying your body with essential vitamins and minerals, as well as dietary fiber and “clean” carbohydrates. In other words, you eating enough fruits and vegetables will keep you healthy, robust and disease-free for longer. This means less sick days, more fun days with friends and family, AND more time to give to others and self-care. When you feel well, everybody wins!

Now Let’s talk about sleep!

24 percent of women reported waking up feeling well-rested zero of the past seven days, and 67% of those with poor sleep quality also report poorer health. (3)  Reduced sleep has also been associated with weight gain in women. (4)Sleep is essential for recovery and rejuvenation, as well as mental health management.  Getting enough sleep is an extremely important aspect of self-care, and can often be one of the greatest contributors to health improvement. Now, You may say, “HA! Sleep is a luxury!” Maybe. Here is my answer to it: Balance! You do NOT have to do it all. Yes, you are powerful and magical and you can work 10 to 14 hour days, raise children, have a stunning house and still have a drop of a social life. And what is this costing you? Your health? Your vitality? Your joy? My suggestion is to ask for support. See who around you can support you in getting that extra ZZZ. You are worth it! And if you have kids, they will learn how to self care for themselves from how you take care of yourself.

We, women, are notorious for trying to do it all and putting our own wellness needles last. In recognition of International Women’s Day, and in appreciation of all the incredible women on this planet, let’s take a stand to give ourselves the support we need. And if we see a woman in need, support her in having it all. Remember, when everybody wins, everybody wins, you as well!

And as always, if you need support, drop me a line. Let’s discover together how we can set your life to have it all… and 2 to 3 servings of veggies per day!

Meribel Goodwin