I think that one aspect of healthy living that people often overlook is mental health outside of the ED realm. I believe that it’s so important to have people around you who you can rely on, talk to, vent to, have fun with – in a word, friends. I’m also a firm believer in quality over quantity. I would always rather have a few really great friends that I can come to both in times of need and just to make me happy than a ton of acquaintances.
I feel like there should be some type of warning on foods like chocolate, wine, pasta, etc. that says “better with friends! – they’re part of a healthy diet, too.” Last night, I met up with Cassie, who is one of my closest friends. Of course I had to see her while I was home for break!
After a little location fiasco that included us driving to the wrong place, walking to the wrong place, then finally driving to the correct place, we ended up at Emporio: A Meatball Joint.
Both of us ordered the same thing (not surprising); four chicken meatballs (split two ways) topped with spinach almond pesto acted as the main dish, and we rounded out the meal with a really tasty, somewhat spicy arugula, mozzarella, almond and tomato salad.
Of course, we had some wine on the side. And lots of good friend moments. It all got me thinking about how friends are essential to my well-being. They support me in whatever I do, tell me when I need to chill out, make me laugh endlessly, and appreciate me for what I am (some would argue that I’m a bit nutty).
Today, I’m hanging out with another friend, Emily. I can always count on her for a great time, even if we’re just relaxing. That’s the other thing about really good friends – they’re no-fuss. What really matters is spending time together, especially when you don’t get to see each other for a while. Here’s a throwback of Emily and I just because I can:
We can’t forget the friends who get you off your butt and out on the town, either. Those friends are really important, too.
Today, I want you to take a little moment to think of all the reasons you love your friends. Maybe shoot them a text or give them a call, one of them at least, just to say thanks for being a friend. New friends, old friends… all friends are part of a healthy diet.
Happy Mardi Gras! I wish I were in Nola right now.
Question of the Day:
>>Do you agree that friends are part of a healthy diet?