Why food is self care + other daily self care ideas


When you hear the term “self care” what comes to mind? Is it reading a good book in a warm bubble bath by the candlelight? Or is it spending the day at a luxurious spa getting the works? While these may sound lovely, they are often unattainable on a daily basis- and we need self care all the time!

Self care practices are activities we engage in on a regular basis to reduce stress and maintain wellbeing. I work with clients on self care A LOT. Self care and nutrition go hand in hand, because working towards a healthy relationship with food is self care. Eating things you enjoy is self care. Meal planning to save you stress later in the week is self care. Eating ice cream to make you feel better can be self care. Working through struggles with food and challenging your eating disorder is self care.

While nutrition and food self care is important, we need self care in many aspects of our lives. Self care isn’t always exciting activities that take us away from our normal lives; it can be mundane tasks that lead to less stress later on. We call this “boring self care”


I love this visual by Hannah Daisy about the small things we can do to take care of ourselves on a daily basis. Sometimes when we get busy or stressed we put these on the back burner when they can actually make us feel better. Here are some ideas for daily “boring” self care and daily fun self care.


Boring self care includes:

  • Doing dishes
  • Cleaning; I love the idea of committing 15 minutes everyday to feel productive
  • Laundry
  • Taking medication as prescribed-this one is huge!
  • Meal planning: see  blog post here about intuitive meal planning
  • Unplug from the internet and/or do a social media cleanse: see this instagram post about social media cleansing
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Daily hygiene routine

Fun self care includes:

  • Snuggling your pet and/or significant other
  • Taking 10: 10 minutes to do something that sounds enjoyable in that moment (ie read some of your favorite book, scroll through instagram, coloring, nap, meditation)
  • Call a friend
  • Yoga: this can be a nice way to get back into your body
  • Joyful movement
  • Journaling/writing a blog

Our wellbeing is rooted in how we take care of ourselves. When we start to let our self care slip away, we become vulnerable to stress around us. You are worthy of self care and deserve to feel well. If you are struggling with food self care, reach out to a non diet dietitian for support.

Hannah Turnbull is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified group fitness instructor. Her work empowers people to nourish and accept their bodies with intuitive eating and health at every size. Her philosophy is all foods fit, all bodies are good bodies, and that people deserve to live their most fulfilling lives without the noise of diet culture and body hatred bringing them down.