Of the six categories that I mentioned last week, Home has the most weight for me, and it is often the most difficult to pin down. Moving around A LOT during my school years and only getting worse when I approached my adult years, has been the only thing that shifts everything out of balance for me.
Within “Home” there is the environment and home cooking. Both of these are important due to their abilities to offset every other category greatly. All of the categories on The Plate overlap and have some kind of consequence to the others, but Home overlaps into every category, whereas others don’t necessarily overlap into all. Certainly, none of this is complicated once you begin to think about what you need in each area and apply it. Once the foundation is laid, there will be a need for constant shifting to account for life changes, but small changes come easy.
The Home Environment consists of your physical location, relationships with other people inside the home, how you feel about your surroundings, etc. if your physical location is not close to work, it could cause strain due to traffic or simply not being motivated to travel far only to work a job you may not be happy with anyway. The relationships between you and other family members or loved ones can also be strained because you dislike the overall feel of home. in contrast, when these things are optimal for you, then Home is in a good place to help propel the other aspects of your plate.
The Home Cooking element consists of what you eat and how you eat it. How you interact with people in your home while food is being prepared, or what is being prepared…or the fact that nothing is being prepared and the food is being brought in from the outside; all of this can be a contributing factor in displeasure.
Check back next Friday for the next piece. And as always, if you’d like some help getting started on your path to being The Best You, I’m here.